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Jan 24, 2005 - Phonsavan - plain of jars

Plain of jaaaaaaars: A mysterious 1000-4000 old archaeological site. A lot of theories - no answers (that's archaeology I guess). My favorite theory was the local one. The local accepted theory is that all the jars were leftovers from a big party when a prehistoric king won an important war. Considering the size and amount of jars, and the fact that the content is said to be Lao Lao (local strong, very bad vodka), this must have been a hell of a party. In the ooooooold days they obviously knew how to party. The Xieng Khuang province has...

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Dec 15, 2004 - Plain of Jars

We finally motivated ourselves to leave Luang Prabang, after about a week of just hanging out. Its very cheap to travel in Laos - accommodation is costing between $4 and $10 a night (and we're splurging for private bathroom and "hot" water). Food in a restaurant will range from about $3 to $5, depending on whether we eat Lao food or something else, and that generally feeds both of us and gives us a beer and water and pop or juice (Patrick is thrilled - a liter of beer is about $0.80!). If we eat in a market, we can both eat for $2 or...

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Nov 19, 2004 - Phonsavan

Yesterday we traveled from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan. The bus trip was 200 km, however it takes about 8 hours because it is through an incredibly mountainous area. The morning of the trip I was not feeling well, a bit nauseous, and it did not get better from there. The country we drove through was very beautiful with high craggy peaks up to about 5000 ft and deep valleys. I tried to capture some of the scenery and fell short. After about two hours we stopped along the side of the road for a bathroom break. That is when I noticed the guys...

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Jun 15, 2004 - Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng, a land of mist and rain. And so Chris and Calum arrive in Vang Vieng after an 8 hr bus journey through the winding roads and sheer drops of Laos's highlands. A wonderfully scenic journey worth doing once. But if you're an idiot, and you leave your glasses behind in an unknown guesthouse in Luang Prabang whilst drunk watching football, you get to see it three times! And what makes it particularly special is if you have an entire Laos family vomiting copiously in the seat next to you! Calum chose to sit that one out and wait for...

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Jan 3, 2004 - Men with thongs and guns

We noticed on the bus ride from Vientien to Van Vieng that I silent rather vicios looking individuial sat in the back corner of the bus with a loaded double barrelled semiautomatic rifle and stared fixedly out of the window. Naturally, we were a little disturbed. When again today on the trip to Phonosavan there was another such man we were sure it was because of the Hmong rebels who through US funding lead a campaign of terror against the local population by intermittently slaughtering entire bus loads of people in isolated spots high in...

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