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Jun 7, 2011 - Vientiane

After a lovely 5 hour bus trip that started at 8am we got to Vientiane. It looked nice. Clean and tidy and alot of French influence on the buildings. All the hotels were alot pricier than we'd had, so decided to just get a nice place! We didn't do much apart from have a walk along the riverdside and get dinner that evening in the curry house! Chris had a really big lie in the next day, until 1pm! So not alot of chance to do much with the day. We had a late luinch in the indian again and then headed to ours. We got chatting to a Thai/French...

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May 31, 2011 - Vientiane

I woke up with a hang over. While having beakfast I was trying to figure out if i shold stay another night in Vang Vieng. I read in my LP that there was only buses going down south from Vientiane up until one pm. So I would have to stay another night in Vientiane anyway. So I decided to leave that very same day. On the bus to Vientiane I met a dutch couple and a jayme a girl from Canada. We decided to check into the same hostel and few spanish people joined us. after check in we went for dinner near the Mekong together and than for a beer....

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Fields of gold

May 25, 2011 - Vientiane

I was woken by the train staff with my breakfast! After my meal I freshened up and soon we arrived in Nong Khai! From there, it was another train ride over the boarder via the friendship bridge! Immigration was easy. From the other side of the boarder, I took a taxi together with the American couple from the train and a French guy to Vientiane! We were looking at a few hostels. The French guy and I decided on a different one than the American! We decided to meet up later! I missed them though and I wondered around the streets of Vientiane...

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Fields of gold

Apr 29, 2011 - Vientiane

We took another painfully slow busride to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. Very unassuming for a capital city. With a population of only 200,000 and very little tourist infrastructure it seems like a sleepy fishing village or something. We are moving on today, back into Thailand briefly to expedite our journey to Cambodia. As usual I feel like our visit to Laos was just a tease. This developing nation could easily be worth a month of exploration with plenty to do and see. I am glad that we got a little glimpse of it now, as big changes...

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Noodles and Sunshine

Apr 21, 2011 - Last Day!!!

Bit sad, but all good things got to end. Actually made it down to breakfast this morning. No ill effects from the street meat meal last night either. Headed off this morning and finally found a tuk tuk driver who knew where a certain hotel was - we liked our chances of a hotel name rather than the Cope Centre we had tried to find yesterday. When we actually got there, we realised that we had actually made it within 100 metres yesterday before we gave up!! It is a large Rehabilitation centre for all types of physical problems, not just rehab...

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Apr 20, 2011 - A Day in Vientiane

Could not believe it this morning when we both finally woke up it was 10am. We had slept for 11 plus hours. Worst of all, we had missed the breakfast deadline in the hotel. No time to worry about that, we had adventuring to do. First up we found the shopping mallwhich had a complete 2nd floor selling pirated DVDs. Obviously it is OK to do it here in Laos still as these shops were quite open and doing well. Another floor sold jewellery and yet another clothes. Our most incredible find however were the sweet penguins - yes folks sweet...

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Apr 19, 2011 - Hello to Vientiane, Laos

Awoke early again as we have to head to airport for 10am flight to Pakse then on to Vientiane for our Laotian adventure. Neither of us were overly enthusiastic about breakfast (Asian breakfasts become too much of a good thing after a while) and hired ourselves a tuk tuk to make the 15 minute trip to the airport. The temperature was so much better this morning and even bearable at 8am. Had to get the driver to stop his tuk tuk and do a u turn to retrieve my Panama hat which had blown off at the cracking pace we made along the highway. All...

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Apr 13, 2011 - Vientiane, Laos ラオス2日間の旅

It seems that I am feeling less and less homesick…but this does not mean that I feel NO homesick...YET anyway. So I still need to distract myself = travelling! Since we are having a long weekend (King’s Day…Do communists celebrate King???), I decided to visit Vientiane with my co-worker. Our organization is having an international project with Laos, so we have a Lao project partner who can show us around. Then…Why not I going to Laos, eh? The flight from Hanoi to Vientiane only takes an hour, very close. We got to Vientiane at 10am. By...

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Mar 25, 2011 - Laos - Vientiane and Vang Vieng

Dear all, Hope you’re well and enjoying some spring sunshine back home. Last time we wrote, we were in Pakse for a one-night stopover before getting the dreaded night bus to the Lao capital, Vientiane. As it turned out, it was actually not bad at all with cute little double bunk beds – fine for me, but as they’d been made to accommodate Lao people Roland rather inconveniently didn’t really have anywhere to store his feet. Unfortunately, the road wasn’t quite as well appointed as the bus and it was a bumpy old journey but we eventually got...

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Rolene On Tour

Mar 22, 2011 - Last day in Laos -Vientiane

Sadly it is our last day in Laos today. We arrived with no expectations of what Laos would be like but have really enjoyed what we have seen of the country. Despite a really rainy start, the weather picked up as we travelled throughout Laos and today the temperature was in the high 30's. Today we travelled to Vientiane - the capital of Laos. A big, but walkable city with a very French influence - many streets start with "Rue" or "Boulevard". There are several french style bakeries with wonderful cakes, breads and coffee which makes a...

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Where's Jolly?

Mar 15, 2011 - SE Asia#4: Loas

We arrived in Loas on the 28th of Feb 2011. Laos is a beautiful hilly and rolling country that is 90% forest. This is one of the reasons why malaria is so high risk here, i started taking my malaria tablets, Doxycycline and with no side affects! Other travelers we getting headaches and throwing up....phew! Our first night in Laos was in a small town of Lak Xao, to break the long journey to Vientiane up. Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, situated in the Mekong river and we arrived on the 1st of Mar, it was pretty much 100%...

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Mar 6, 2011 - Vientiane

Sunday, March 6 More skype chats with Stephanie and heard about the plans for Dad's funeral. She and Melanie are going to read Mike's eulogy for Dad. Neither of them are public speakers so we are really impressed and thankful for such great daughters. Devin is going to be an honorary pall bearer. What a wonderful family for finding a way to include him! The drive to Vientiane was beautiful, as was the drive to Viang Veng. I neglected to mention the gorgeous scenery and stopping to learn about how rice is grown. It's very labour intensive so...

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