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May 19, 2012 - Laos - Days 15 - 18 - Vientiane, Typhoon Aletta

We arrived at 5:30pm on the 16th, after a 4hr journey from Vang Vieng. We searched for an hour before finding a decent hotel to stay at. Prices in Vientiane are fairly expensive and the rooms are crap. The amount of money you pay does not equal the quality of the room. One room smelled like two dollar whores, liquor and mold all rolled into one. Finally, we found a clean room just off the beaten path, we stayed there for two nights and moved to Mixay Paradise just down the street for another twonights. Mixay Paradise comes highly...

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Feb 28, 2012 - Vientiane

Feb 26 to 27 Vientiane Vientiane is the capital of Lao and has a very exotic atmosphere due to the Lao. Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Soviet, French, and US influences. It is a very laid back town built next to the Mekong river with a nice view of Thailand. There was a night market next to the Mekong but it had cheap stuff from China. The only thing we bought was a spoon made from melted down bombs found in tiny villages left after the secret war. Ian later lost the spoon in an unfortunate laundry accident. Jen got sick and Ian went sight...

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Feb 21, 2012 - Phon Savan

A 7 hour mini-van ride took us to Phon Savan, north and east of Vang Vieng.  The road wound up into the mountains, then down into the valleys below, back up to the mountain crests where villages were perched, their front door at road level, the back of the house on stilts where the hillside sloped steeply down. We were surprised how cold it was in Phon Savan  at night - had to delve down  in the backpack for jeans, shoes and socks for the first time so far! Phon Savan is where lots of bombing took place during the "Secret War" from 1964 to...

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Feb 21, 2012 - VangVieng

What a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day -  with a hot air balloon ride!  We took off from the local school grounds in Vang Vieng and soared for an hour over the river, clipping tree tops, then high into the air, to finally land in a rice field.  Exhilarating! We joined the hundreds of "young ones" and tubed down the river one day.  For us, we enjoyed the relaxing drifting down the river for three or four hours.  For others it was dancing at the loud music bars en-route with rope swings into the river, or water slides -and all helped...

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Feb 12, 2012 - Vientiane, Laos

Laos has about 7 million people but the population has more than doubled in the last 30 years.  Now we have learned to say sabaidee (hello) and kwap jai (thank you).  The currency is kip  - 8,000 kip to 1 US$, so things sound expensive.  The local brew is Beerlao 12,000 for a large bottle.  Vientiane, the capital, has a population of about 300,000 people and a rather turbulent history.  We visited COPE (Center for Orthotics and Prothesis) and learnt about the huge number of cluster bombs that were dropped in Laos by the Americans during the...

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Jan 30, 2012 - pääkaupunki

maa vaihtui ja nyt ollaan laosin pääkaupungissa. kyyti oli melkoinen formula-ajelu pakettiautolla ja vaikka maksettiin kalliit liput että päästään chiangmain hostellista aina vientianen keskustaan, niin kireähermoinen kuski jätti meidät suurlähetystölle ja käski ottaa taksin. ylihintainen taksikin jätti meidät parin korttelin päähän, joten kävelyksi meni. yksi yö riittää täällä, ei ole kummoinen paikka ja etelä houkuttaa.

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Jan 18, 2012 - Escaping through the lily fields, I came across an empty space....

It trembled and exploded, left a bus stop in its place The bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began.... At least that's how 2012 began for me. It feels like I have spent the entire year so far on one bus or another. In reality there has been a great adventure on each and every bus ride and at each and every destination along the way. I rang in the New Year in Chang Mai, Thailand celebrating with my friend Jose. We wandered the streets for hours marvelling at the hundreds if not thousands of Sky Lanterns that were being released...

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Jan 13, 2012 - The Capital - Vientiane

Our next stop was the capital Vientiane, I was ill and had to get some antibiotics, one of the side effects was insomnia so I had no energy to do anything but lie on the bed but couldn’t sleep which was a bit frustrating. Sarah went out and about and saw things... I hired a bicycle as the city is too big to go round on foot. First place I went was the Patuxai monument which was really busy as it was the weekend. The park gardens around it were very nice. This was the first part of Loas which was ‘pruned’. I also went to National Museum...

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Jan 13, 2012 - Into Laos

Today we entered into Laos. Unlike Cambodia, it was not an adventure. We checked out of our oasis at mid morning. A tuk tuk was waiting for us and took us to the border where we had to go through Thai Immigration. Marion got through unscathed but I forgot to fill out my form and had it thrust back at me. I quickly filled it in and then butted in line and handed it to the officer with my hat in hand. He eyeballed it, then eyeballed me, looked at it again but couldn't find anything wrong and then gruffly gave it back to me. We got in line for...

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Dec 4, 2011 - Unexpected Encounters- Laos

Blog 23: Unexpected encounters- Laos Bangkok Our flight with British Airways to Bangkok was brilliant. We had wonderful food, entertainment and can honestly say it didn't feel at all like an 11 hour flight. We arrived in Bangkok around 11pm and got straight into a taxi for Ko San road- the vibrant backpacker hub of the city. We didn't have to walk far with our huge backpacks until we came to a really cheap guesthouse- gone are hostels, it's 'guesthouses' out here. That means a private room regardless of choice, and in this case, one for...

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RTW September 2011

Jul 19, 2011 - Singing in the Rain!!!

So we started on our intrepid trip from Hanoi to Laos' capital Vientienne feeling a bit apprehensive of how long this would actually take after hearing all the horror stories from other travels on the opposite route!! As usual in Vietnam nothing went smoothly on the bus as the VC lads couldn't organise a piss in a brewery and makes it worse with their bad attitudes from the chip in their shoulders. The staff tried to put myself and Gary in the two smallest sleeper seats in "the cave" inside the back of the bus... the ignorant westerner...

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Jul 3, 2011 - Vientian

This is the capital city of Lao and it is TINY. I was walk just about everywhere. There really is nothing to do here. A bunch of temples, wats, and the river, good cafes, good food, and a great hostel. The people are friendly, but not as friendly as farther north in vang vien. I saw the oldest standing wat in town which somehow survived all the wars. i saw the arch which was built to celebrate freedom from france, yes this was owned by france before. AND they are communist here. I went to a soccer game. lao vs cambodia. we had to get a tuk...

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