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Dec 13, 2010 - Luang Prabang

After we spent a few leisurely days here, visiting a waterfall in a national park, had a lovely Lao massage and some very spicy food, we're feeling the urge to move on. Specifically to Lao's capital, Vientiane (or before the French renamed it, Viang Chang). There is quite a colonial presence here and the architecture is reminiscent of perhaps some quiet backstreets of Paris or Marseilles(Croissant and baguettes are readily available). The French that are holidaying here too are quietly proud of the old colony. There are in fact a lot of...

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Ashburners Adventure

Nov 13, 2009 - Back south

une journee a velo passe bien ici, car c a nouveau tres plat. Il y a pas bcp de touristes qui passent ici, ce qui est tres sympa car ils sont super curieux encore a voir des blancs :-) a part ca une petite baignade avec des enfants locaux dans un lac et un barbecue lao-style

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INDOCHINA

Feb 23, 2009 - Savannakhet

Hello friends, Again not a lot to say about this city, you can compare it with Tha Keak only bigger. We arrange the Visa for Thailand over here so we need to stay at least two days. We play it cool, like the locals. Between midday and three a clock in the afternoon you can’t do a lot as it’s so incredibly hot. I do not feel very well due to the heat and from hereon it only will get warmer. Let’s go more south … Greets

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Dec 12, 2008 - Savannakhet

After getting our heads together we agreed to go straight to Savannakhet and sort out accomodation, then have a look around Muang Champhone, an area 1 hour to the south of the city which had a good write-up in the guidebook. Highway 13 was its usual straight and event-free self but we did have a little trouble sorting out accomodation which cut our time short for exploring. Nevertheless our exploring was worthwhile and included a little trip to see a monkey forest and a reservoir via some picturesque villages.

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Where's Malcolm?

Oct 8, 2008 - Dong Ha to Savannakhet

I thought the scams were over but oh no there was a final one to be played out by the Viets. The bus which turned up and picked up myself and a fellow traveller from England turned out to be a minibus! Where was the lovely air conditioned coach that was to take us all the way to Savannakhet. I was thinking the minibus was just to round everyone up as usual and we would end up on a coach. Like hell it we did. Minibus all the way to the border crammed to the gunnels with people and baggage. On the way the minibus got a flat so a bit more time...

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May 14, 2008 - Savannakhet

Nachere z’kurze Nacht waege z’viel Kartespile, haemmer uns ufe Waeg nach Savannakhet gmacht. Das sig eini vo de groeschte Schtaedt in Laos… uns isch alles zimlig vrschloofe vor ko und au sehr dunggel. Also dr Baer isch nid los gsi. Unterwaegs isch e Halt bim Vat Phou agseit gsi. Mega schoen ! Do ka Angkor Wat iiluege wuerdi sage. Es isch au viel aelter als Angkor Wat, aber leider eher unbekannt. Guet fuer uns, sinn naemlig die einzige Bsuecher gsi. Unsere Tourguide isch sehr saeltsam gsi… er hett immer welle Franzoesisch mit uns rede und...

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Mar 29, 2008 - Savannakhet

Just a quick update and a few pictures from the sleepy town of Savvanakhet, Laos. We spent the day checking out the small but interesting dinosaur museum. After,we bought some bus tickets for the overnight bus to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. At lunch we had some extremely spicy soup and Darren took on a challenge from Tanya to eat one of the 2 peppers that was in the soup. The video uploaded on the site will show you what transpired. What I won't do for my viewing audience?? We had ourselves a nice home cooked Laos meal at Mama's...

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Feb 22, 2008 - Khon Kaen to Savannakhet, Laos

***Some fossil trivia: In 1996, the oldest-ever dinosaur fossil was discovered in Phuwiang National Park, about an hour drive northwest of Khon Kaen, Thailand. It is named Siamotyrannus isanensis (Siam for Thailand & Isaan after the northeastern region of Thailand). It is estimated to be 120 million years old. It's small size (just 6 meters from nose to tail) confirms Asia as the place of origin of the tyrannosaurus Genus, which later evolved into various different species. Today was a bus/traveling day - including one breakdown (of...

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Feb 8, 2008 - Savannakhet, Laos

I am in Savannakhet right now. Not much here, but it is very peaceful. I need a good rest. It took me 2 days to ride across Laos. I rode forty miles the first day and ninety the second day. I must be crazy. I am a little sunburned and the tip of my ring finger went numb. I got a kink in my neck and a blister on my rear end the size of Kansas. It was a great experience none the less. I rode out of Danang the morning of the fifth. It was only 20 or 25 minutes to the bus station on the outskirts of the city, then I got a local bus to Hue. As...

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Dec 10, 2007 - FR : Voyager pour le meilleur et pour le pire

Premiere destination du sud du Laos : Savannakhet. Nous n'avons pris aucun plaisir a sejourner dans cette ville ou regne une etrange atmosphere de ville fantome, un sentiment d'insecurite, une mendicite importante, des batiments coloniaux francais qui tombent en ruine (le gouvernement, comme vous pouvez le comprendre, n'est pas tres sensible a la deterioration de ces batiments et n'envisage pas de restaurer ces souvenirs de domination francaise ). Il est meme difficile de manger correctement dans cette ville. Apres avoir visite tous les...

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Sep 10, 2007 - To Laos and arranging a trip to ethnic villages

10th September To Laos Mick was at the Bus Station to see me off; that was really nice of him. Said our farewells to Mick and Khean and was soon on my way to Mukthahan just over the Mekong River from Laos. The journey wasn't much on interest; just one dull Thai town after another. I dozed for much of the journey; waking up in yet another dreary looking town at 12:15. There was no indication of where we were. A few people got off and more got onboard. Just as it was about to leave, an attendant called that it was Mukthahan. I suddenly woke...

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Apr 1, 2007 - Hoi An, Vietnam to Thailand via Laos

Having bought an incredibly cheap ticket from Hoi An to Savannakhet (£9 each), we discovered before first nightfall, exactly why it was so cheap! The first leg of our journey was a reasonable aircon tour bus which took us four hous up the Vietnamese coast to the Citadel of Hue, arriving just before dusk. We were then told that was where we were to stay for the night (contrary to our original booking) so we held firm until another bus arrived to take us to the border town of Dong Ha, a completely non-descript place which, fortunately, was...

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