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Jan 31, 2007 - Sepon to Muang Phin

Distance: 40km We woke up to a sunny sky. The air was chilly, but it felt incredible to stand in the sun. We enjoyed a breakfast and some good conversation with Rick, an American journalist traveling on a bicycle. We were exchanging info about Laos and Vietnam as well as some currency. We enjoyed hanging out with Licky, a puppy belonging to the restaurant, while sipping on some tasty café Lao - a little different than café phin in Vietnam, but quite good. Rick had 40km to ride, and so did we, albeit in opposite directions. We were taking it...

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Somewhere in Asia

Jan 30, 2007 - Dong Ha to Sepon (Lao PDR)

Distance: 150km (by bus) and 52km (by bike) We traveled via bus and van from Hue to Lao Bao, a town near the Vietnam/Laos border. We had our last lunch in Vietnam at a local restaurant, and sampled some potent fish paste for the very first time. We couldn't leave Vietnam without having our last couple of Vietnamese coffees. I had a feeling we would be missing those. Getting our Laos visas on arrival was simple, albeit expensive. They even looked the other way when I couldn't produce a photo, for a nominal fee. We were soon on our way. The...

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Somewhere in Asia

Nov 21, 2006 - Sepon - Lao Peoples Democratic Republic

As i write this it's the 14th of December, 3 weeks into the trip, 2 Ash's tests up, 1 less Damien Martyn and the Perth test to get underway in a few hours. Ok i will make my prediction now and promise not to edit it later........... A Draw.... Not a Madras 1986 draw but a boring old nobody collect draw. Well the trip into work was quite an experience. Apparently our little plane was due a 2000 hour service (which is a good thing), so we got to ride in a big F**K off helicopter....... It really was a cool trip, it lasted two and a half...

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Walker Wandering

Feb 24, 2006 - Lao to Vietnam

We got to Pakse in the nick of time (Only 6 hours before our bus left for Vietnam)After an hour of counting ants and reading Lonely Planet for the 1000th time bordem set in!!! Our saviour came by a guy called Ian a biologist from OZ who knew everything about everything so by the time we boarded our bus (5 hours later) we felt truly educated!! We left at 7pm and were due to arrive in Lao Bao at 2am ready for the border opening at 7am (More ant counting!!) We finally nodded off at 5am only to be woken by the Lao money exchange guerillas at...

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Jan 30, 2006 - Villabouly. Our minesite is in the Vilabouly District, not far from the town

This is our minesite. The photo of the plane is one of the two we charter to fly us from the capital Vientiane to our minesite. There is basically two flights a day, one in the morning and one in the evening. The flight takes about 1.5 hours and basically follows the Mekong river down then cuts in towards Vietnam. Most of these flights are quite spectactular, the scenery is mainly of rugged limestone karst's and dense jungle. Yes this flight does concern me at times :-) In the wet season, roughly may to september, we drive out rather than...

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Walker Wandering

Dec 20, 2005 - Villabouly (Work)

Mr barrasi is a stockholder of our company, we were all very surprised to see him on our minesite in the middle of no where ! It was fantastic to have a few ales with him. I work 4 weeks on and 2 weeks off here. as i write this 3 more sleeps untill my break :-)

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Walker Wandering

Apr 19, 2005 - Laos to Vietnam

Our impressions of Laos are admittedly more of a reflection on Cambodia than Laos. We had been told to expect a primitive, backward society. Instead we were amazed. Our entire trip was highlighted by exclamations of, "Wow! They have bins!" "Wow! They have mirrors on the motorbikes - and they actually give you helmets when you rent a bike!" "Wow! There are rules of the road!" "Wow! They have electricity lines - even in the country!" (Even in Phnom Penh there are daily power shortages. Outside of the main cities there isn't a hope of having...

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