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Mar 24, 2017 - On the Mekong River in Laos

On the Mekong River in Laos March 24, 2017 Luang Prabang, Laos I miss the boat. Debbie does, too. To get our fix, we hired a boat today along with a guy who knows how to drive it (Mr. So) and asked him to take us up the Mekong River to see a couple of sites that come highly recommended by every tour brochure in town. One of them is the Ban Xang Hai village which, for thousands of years, was renowned for its clay pots. Time and progress march on and today the nickname for the place is “Whiskey Village”). It’s about 2 hours up the Mekong...

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Mar 23, 2017 - Canada is No. 1 in Laos!

Canada is No. 1 in Laos! March 23, 2017 Luang Prabang, Laos The first clue that things are different on Lao Airways is their fleet – propeller planes sourced from ATR (Avions de Transport Regional) – a French-Italian consortium, who delivered their first ATR-72 prop plane in 1981. I think it might have been the one we flew on during our 1 hr. hop from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos this afternoon. The second is that the meat in the sandwich-ish looking thing that was handed out by the lovely flight attendant was not a meat of a...

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Mar 2, 2017 - Luang Prabang #2

I’m now sitting on my flight between Luang Prabang and Bangkok having had a couple of additional days back in Luang Prabang to end Tim’s trip. Last time I wrote we had just headed to the bus station in Nong Khiaw to return back to Luang Prabang. The journey back itself was pretty uneventful – we were pleased to find we were on a slightly bigger ‘mini bus’ returning than we were on the way up north – this meant a bit more space as well as seats towards the front of the bus so it wasn’t quite such a rollercoater to get there. Although, to be...

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Feb 23, 2017 - The lovely Luang Prabang

I think I managed an hour or so sleep in the 10 hours journey but eventually we arrived in Luang Prabang at 6am. I had met a couple of British girls on the bus who were also heading to the same hostel as me so, after some (extremely tired) negotiating with the tuk tuk driver we eventually made out way to the hostel. It was an absolutely beautiful little place – right on the river with a deck you could sit / lie on overlooking it. We promptly set up shop there and fell asleep for a couple of hours while we waited for the hostel to begin to...

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Mar 26, 2016 - Exploring Laos

Another "zero dark thirty" wakeup call this morning to go in to the centre of Luang Prabang to take part in the city's giving of food to the monks, called Alms-giving. Someone had prepared baskets of sticky rice for each member of our group and placed them in a row on a long mat with a scarf and little stool for each along one of the back streets. We sat down on the stools, draped the scarves over our left shoulders, and waited for the procession of orange-robed, bare-footed monks to come down the street with their bowls. If they took the...

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Mar 25, 2016 - Leaving Thailand, Entering Laos

What a great treat it was to wake up with no alarm or deadline this morning. Eleven members of our group left early to go home today; the rest of us had the morning to have a leisurely breakfast and pack, or go out and wander around the area near the hotel, but those who did this said it was unbearably hot this morning. I took a long look at the thick, hazy air from my twelfth floor room and decided I'd just take it easy in the hotel and use the time to try to figure out why I have not been able to send emails since arriving in Chiang Rai...

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Mar 8, 2016 - Waterfalls and Sun bears at Tat Kuang Si

Eager to see more of Laos in the little bit of time we had, Fran and I decided to do something different than temples and ethnological museums and head to some waterfalls. The weather was getting increasingly hot and we were walking around dripping sweat all day and night. Taking a dip in a cool waterfall was just what the doctor ordered! We easily arranged the outing through our guesthouse. The first stop at Tat Kuang Si was to visit a refuge for sun bears, an endangered and adorable animal. We spent lots of time watching them actively...

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Mar 5, 2016 - Please don't pester the monks in Luang Pabang!

Ahh, Luang Prabang. Any time we mentioned Laos, fellow travelers would say things like, "you are definitely going to Luang Prabang, right?!" Of course! Similar to Hoi An, Vietnam, Luang Prabang is a UNESCO world heritage sights chock full of antique wooden traditional houses, cozy alleyways, and impressive 500-year-old temples gilded with gold and glittering mosaics. A rickety bamboo bridge spans the Mekong river. The challenge was finding time to participate in all the wonderful activities the town has to offer, including exploring the...

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Feb 25, 2016 - Luang Prabang

The city is located at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers and is surrounded by mountains. The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monksfrom the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. One of the major landmarks in the city is a large steep hill on which sits Wat Chom Si. That bit came from Wikipedia so don't blame me. It has a lot of French historical connections & a lot of French names are still evident. The best legacy the French occupation of...

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Feb 24, 2016 - Luang Prabang

Decided to get down to the boat early to get a decent seat hopefully away from the rowdy lot. Picked up some filled rolls for lunch on the way from a little shop as nothing provided today. Our two boat convoy got away about 9.15am & we spent the next seven hours making our way down river with the occasional stop to drop off or pick up the odd passenger. A lot more pleasant cruise today as everybody seemed a lot more subdued today & we didn't have any smokers around us. It got a bit chilly in the afternoon & everybody wrapped up The fun...

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Feb 18, 2016 - Luang Prabang

Walked through the daily market in the morning to see some unusual sights - buffalo skin (complete with hair) for eating, birds for sale to release, chicken blood, as well as the usual sights of an Asian market. Walked on to the former Royal Palace, now a museum and then 2 temples: Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Wisunalat. In the afternoon we drove out to Kuangsi Waterfalls, which were pretty and I went for a swim (freezing). There is also a bear rescue centre there for moon bears, but naturally they were all hiding. Night market again in Luang...

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Feb 17, 2016 - PakBeng to Luang Prabang

160km on the Mekong to Luang Prabang today. The terrain is becoming more mountainous. Very misty this morning as we left PakBeng. Saw an elephant across the river - not wild, he was being ridden by a mahout. Another fabulous onboard lunch, followed by a visit to a local village producing the local rice wine (aka rocket fuel or happy water). Just a little bit further upriver to Pak Ou caves, where there are thousands of Buddha statues (steep and uneven climb to the highest cave). Then only another 40 minutes on to Luang Prabang, the former...

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