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Dec 29, 2012 - Rice Farming

On our last day in Laos, we had a ½ day tour of rice farming at the Living Land Company. Not only did we learn about the 13 steps of rice farming, we got to experience them all including plowing the muddy fields using Susan, the water buffalo and transplanting the seedlings to threshing and winnowing the rice stalks by hand. We saw them crush sugar cane through a wooden press into a delicious sweet drink and steam the sticky rice in a bamboo cooker. For lunch we had six different items made with rice flour and, of course, sticky rice (which...

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Dec 28, 2012 - Day of Buddhism

The next day we were immersed in Buddhism. First we rose at dawn to join the Tat Bat or Monks Alms Parade. The locals and now many tourists wait at the side of the road with sticky rice and candies. As the monks of the many temples in town go by, they put some sticky rice in the monks’ bowls. We saw over 100 monks walk by. This is their only food to eat for the day unless other local people come to the temples and give them more. Afterwards, we walked through the morning market which is several streets long full of outdoor stands of locals...

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Dec 27, 2012 - Luang Prabang, Laos

We went to Luang Prabang because it was highly recommended by my daughter and her partner who had been there in 2007. We were told the tourist industry has quadrupled in the last 5 years. The town was crowded with tourists and shops and restaurants to cater to them. It was also a busy time of year for tourists, Christmas vacation. But compared to Hanoi , it was still a sleepy Buddhist town on the Mekong River in northern Laos. On our first day we crossed the Mekong River from our hotel and walked through several villages with traditional...

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Dec 10, 2012 - Luang Prabang

Surprise of the day was hiring bicycles (yet again!) and stumbling across the Tad Thong Waterfalls about 8 km out of Luang Prabang. We had no idea it existed and we were in fact intending to cycle further to the Tad Sae Falls but came across a sign to Tad Thong a little way out of town. What a gem! After paying our entrance fee of 20,000 kip each (about £1.60) we walked the jungle path around the falls and eventually resorted to swimming in a pool. Always on the look out for snakes we climbed what must me more than 1000 steps that have...

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Dec 9, 2012 - Day 2 to Luang Prabang

Day 2: There are just 6 of us on our boat; a German couple taking a 6 month career break, a Dutch couple and us. Normally the slow boats of the same size as ours are run like a bus service and are full with about 120 people but the fare is about 5 times cheaper. We are doing it the luxury way and the boat is owned by the driver and his wife who cooks us lunch and there is a third crew member helping generally and with mooring where all the slow boats tie up side by side. There were about 20 of them tied up at Pakbeng last night. The crew...

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Dec 1, 2012 - Laos - 01/12-21/12

& now to Laos. The first day on the slow boat was fab. We all really enjoyed it & the scenery was beautiful, plus by some fluke we had the best seats on the boat, were able to sit on the edge dragging our feet in the water, it was lovely. Second day couldn't have been more different! 3 times as many people, it poured with rain & there wasn't enough room to stretch our legs. All an experience though & we're now in Laos. From what I've seen so far in Luang Prabang, it's beautiful, lush & sits between two rivers. Now to see what it's got to...

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Oct 21, 2012 - Rüber nach Laos

Vorgestern habe ich einen Bus von Chiang Mai über Chiang Rai nach Chiang Khong genommen! Chiang Khong ist ein hübsches kleines Dorf, direkt am Mekong gelegen, von dem man rüber nach Laos reisen kann. In einem Hostel habe ich mich mit zwei Spanierinnen, die ich noch aus Bangkok kannte, getroffen. Zusammen sind wir dann am nächsten morgen über den Mekong gesetzt. Es ist zur Abwechslung echt ganz entspannt nicht alleine zu reisen, zumal die beiden ihren Reiseführer scheinbar gefresssen haben und daher über alle Tipps, Tricks und...

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Südostasien 2012

Oct 17, 2012 - Luang PakBang - One of my Most Favourite Towns!

After the two day boat trip we arrived in Luang PakBang. It has been identified as the best well-preserved traditional town in Southeast Asia. The town was beautiful with little shops and nice cafés. The people in Laos are so friendly and kind, they even wear these cute triangle hats that you see on the TV. When we arrived at our guesthouse for the next 3 days it was lovely individual bungalows with double beds and very clean. In the evening it was the tour guide who had been with us since we got to Laos, Keo, birthday so we went out for...

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Oct 15, 2012 - Mekong River - Where actually am I?

The drive to the Laos border was gruelling, 6 hours of bumpy, winding roads. We stopped at another temple although I have to say this was my favourite one – it was white and glittery and looked like somewhere an ice queen should live. The temple was called Wat Rang Kun and it was very modern and interesting. On the walls inside there was painting not your average type of painting there was the incredible hunk, Ben 10, Angry birds, porn, Michael Jackson, very random!. At the border crossing between Chang Khong in Thailand and Laos, we had...

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May 15, 2012 - *NEW* Luang Prabang (Adam)

The bus ride from Luang Nam Tha in the north to Luang Prabang gave us a steady dose of gorgeous scenery the entire way. We had heard about beautiful places in the Southeast Asia area before getting here, but nobody had ever mentioned Laos as a beautiful country, and there is no acceptable reason why. Rolling hills, rice fields, limestone karst, and of course the mighty Mekong weaving its way in and out is a show I could watch on repeat forever. Luang Prabang sits at the confluence of the Mekong River and the lesser known Nam Khan river, and...

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Amy & Adam in Asia

May 10, 2012 - Laos - Days 5 - 9 - Sun Bears & Waterfalls

Luang PraBang is the most ‘Lao’ city in Laos. While other urban centers in the country are heavily populated by ethnic Vietnamese and Chinese, LP is the only city in Laos where ethnic Lao is the majority. One of the joys of a stay here is simply strolling along the lanes and absorbing the unhurried rhythms of traditional Lao culture. Our guesthouse is in the “old city”, a concentrated finger of land, 1km long by 300m wide. Over the past 5 days in Luang PraBang, we; relaxed in our wonderful guesthouse along side the Khan river. Joined up...

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May 5, 2012 - Laos - History on Lao & Luang PraBang

We've arrived in Luang Pra Bang, and now we can begin to learn more about Laos people, culture and the countries turbulent history. Population of 103,000, nestled in a slim valley shaped by lofty, green mountains and cut by the swift Mekong and Khan rivers. Luang PraBang exudes remote tranquility and casual grandeur. A tiny mountain kingdom for more than a thousand years and designated a World Heritage site in 1995, endowed with a legacy of ancient red-roofed temples and French-Indochinese architecture, its richest culture and its most...

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