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Feb 13, 2016 - Luang Prabang

Clambering off the bus at 6am into the cold and dark, we aren't too impressed. Overtired and hungry makes us difficult to please. But the buzz of the local market and the beauty of the surrounding countryside soon start to enchant me. By the time we are floating along the Mekong River, watching the morning mist being burnt off by the sun, I am completely won over. The cool waters of Kuang Si Falls and the impressive views from Mount Phou Si further my love for this quaint and pretty town. Even the steep steps up to Pak Ou Caves and the burn...

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Aug 16, 2015 - Laos: Luang Prabang

August 16-17: Laos: Luang Prabang LAOS: 44% of Laotians live on less that $1.25/day. About 70% live in rural areas. Most are subsistence farmers with little or no cash income. Luang Prabang: An ancient town and UNESCO World Heritage site 700 meters above sea level at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers surrounded by mountains. It was the Lao capital until 1545 and today has a strong economy built on tourism. The city’s well-preserved townscape is a unique fusion of traditional architecture and urban structures built by the...

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Feb 3, 2015 - From your own correspondent

To paraphrase Samuel Johnson: 'When you're tired of Luang Prabang, you're tired of life' but I am pleased to acknowledge that on our fifth visit, we are not yet ready to throw the towel in. Unlike the portrait of Dorian Gray, LP does not seem to age with time as so many places revisited tend to, with more crowds, more traffic, more shaven heads (monks allowed), more tattoos, more congestion, more pollution, more urban blight and more Starbucks et al, the risks of returning time and again to places we have loved in their (and our) relative...

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Mar 8, 2014 - The friendly people of Laos

Laos ..as with all my blogs the depiction of the history may be slightly flawed if things got lost in translation but hey it is just a story !! A short and uneventful flight from Hanoi to Luang Prabang gets us started on our next adventure in The Laos Democratic Republic. This is a small land locked country with 6.5m people. Thanks to primarily tourism, things have definitely improved for the people of Laos. This is due to the influx of money and recognition by organizations like UNESCO which declared this a heritage site for architecture...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Días 26 y 27. Luang Prabang

Ayer llegamos a Luang Prabang tras casi 6 horas de guagua recorriendo montañas impresionantes. Vegetación por todos lados, mucho verde y eso que estamos al final de la temporada seca, pueblos que empiezan en la orilla de la carretera y terminan a borde de un precipicio. La zona de juego que queda a los niños es algo parecido a un arcén y el asfalto. Tras llegar al guesthouse nos fuimos de cena y de paseo por el mercado nocturno. Lo bueno es que se había ido la luz en esa parte del barrio y nos tocó cenar con velas. A la mañana siguiente...

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Aventura Indochina

Jan 28, 2014 - Day 25 to 28

Day 25 to 28 These were the last days in Laos. It was good to be out of villages. I think I have achieved what I was aiming for these holidays. See village life in Laos in action and relax. Sometimes we had no alternative but to relax as there is not a lot to do or see. Only so may temples and Buddhas. Still that is Laos. You come here for the scenery not the action. Vientiane, the capital, is a big country town. We saw many temples, Buddha park and the main stupa in the country. We then took 12 long hours to get from Vientiane to Hanoi and...

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Laos/Vietnam 2014

Jan 27, 2014 - Day 24

Day 24 22nd Jan 2014 A BIG day. Apart from a million elephants (now about 500 left) Laos is also know for the 'plain of jars'. These are a mystery and we enjoyed visiting these person sized vessels chiselled our of sandstone. They were then dragged miles and put at so far discovered 68 sites around this area. A popular theory is they held whisky. Not knowing how old they are (possibly 3000 years?) or having any written record it is anyone's guess. We saw 3 of the sites, most sites are off limits because of the unexploded bombs we and the US...

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Jan 23, 2014 - Day 22

Day 22 Monday 20th Jan 2014 Today was pottery village day. After a very cool but thankfully short boat trip we saw pottery being produced how it has been for maybe hundreds of years. Previously these people only made pottery in the off season - now. And in the rainy season they grew rice. Pots became a better seller so that is what they now do full time. Absolutely fascinating to see it all done by HAND. The pots dry for 2 weeks. We got to see the kiln being lit. It runs for 24 hours and the pots are done. Nearby is the clay pit. A stroll...

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Laos/Vietnam 2014

Jan 21, 2014 - Day 21 19th Jan 2014

Day 21 Sunday 19th Jan 2014 Woke up early to see the famous alms giving at 6am. Different. It sometimes helps to understand a country and its culture by referring to its past. You can see where things have come from, how they might have developed. Here in Laos so often the past is the present. Many villages are doing now what has been done for the last 100 to 500 years. Sure they came from China and Mongolia but that influence appears only in the Buddhism so prevalent. Even then there are animist villages that are still very strong in age...

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Laos/Vietnam 2014

Jan 13, 2014 - Day 14

Day 12 9th Jan 2014 I will not complain about the patient again, suffice it to say she is still well and truly a patient. No hot water again so that did not help matters. It appears the hotel person does not care, be happy with what you have got. ok. We wandered Luang Prabang for an hour or so to breath in this heritage city in the morning. SO French. So cosmopolitan. So Europe mixed with Laos and tourists. A very easy city for us. A culture shock as well if that is possible within the same country. Southern Laos is much less touristy and...

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Nov 27, 2013 - Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang On arrival we were taken to the Straybus office where a very helpful lady found us a hotel (we didn't fancy any choices made by our tour leader!). The hotel was close by and it was comfortable and clean with very high ceilings. We were offered a choice of rooms and settled on the larger room (of course!). We crashed for a couple of hours, showered and then felt ready to face the day. Very nice lunch and a wander around the town. Delicious ice cream at the famous(?) Joma cafe - Ruth had black sesame, and I had almond latte,...

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off we go!

Nov 7, 2013 - Kuang Si Falls

We rose early this morning to see robed Buddhist monks collecting alms, a centuries old ritual. Very peaceful & calm ceremony as probably more than 100 monks passed by from temples within the nearby area. This happens every morning. A wonderful old lady was near us with her basket container of sticky rice to hand out. The vibrant morning market sees locals & tourists jostling alongside one another. Fantastic fresh fruit & veg stalls are decked with produce very new to us. Then there are the meat stalls, not for the squeamish. Everything is...

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