Travel Blogs from Lao Peoples Dem Rep

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The Plain of... whatever! We rode a motorbike!, Phonsavan, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Plain of... whatever! We rode a motorbike!

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... return to the guest house in one piece and with the knowledge that motorbike is the best way to travel here.  We drink beer Lao and are serenaded by Crazy Mr Kong on guitar. The highlight is his rendition of 'Hotel California'. (To be done with heavy ...

Coffee with Koffie, Pakxong, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Coffee with Koffie

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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We arrived in Paksong after 2 bum bruising trips on a sawngthaew, Laos's version of a minibus. It’s really just a pick-up truck with a roof over the back and 2 benches down the sides. They then cram in as many people and as much stuff as they can. ...

Unexpected stopover, Thakhčk, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Unexpected stopover

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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There isn't a lot to do or see in Tha Khek other than a normal largish Laos town, which is why we hadn’t planned on spending any time here other than an overnight stop on our way to Kong Lo caves (I assume it will be the next entry!). However, I ...

A Non-Christmas-y but relaxing start to Laos, Pakse, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

A Non-Christmas-y but relaxing start to Laos

A travel blog entry by thomaswguy

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So Laos, Starting off in the 4000 islands... Don Det being the island of choice. We didn't do much for the first couple of days...other than lying about in hammocks, reading and enjoying the view of the Mekong...oh and enjoying the food...one of ...

The Eagle has Landed, Don Khong, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Eagle has Landed

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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3/11/2011 We leave Don Det in the morning saying goodbye to Key and threatening to take Julie with us. The boat takes us to the mainland and we wait forever (we really should be used to that by now) for the bus. Our too cool for school driver who takes ...

Chill out in Viangchan, Vientiane, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Chill out in Viangchan

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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We arrived in Vientiane at about 6pm and were surprised to find all the cheap to fairly cheap guesthouse options full. We wandered around for a bit and even had a very helpful old Frenchwoman come up to us and ask if we were looking for a room. "Yes" we ...

Goodbye Vietnam, Hello Laos!, Muang Khua, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Goodbye Vietnam, Hello Laos!

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... one lane across and the wetserners start to exchange horror stories they have heard about being stranded for 48hours on Lao bus journeys for similar reasons (although the Lao people are prepared for such eventualities and supposedly food, beer and ...

From Thai to Huay Xai - days 49 to 50, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

From Thai to Huay Xai - days 49 to 50

A travel blog entry by thetwodaves

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... for the owning family gathered around a TV.  We took a table at the river's edge and ordered our first-ever bottles of Beer Lao.  A few glugs in and we began to realise our mistake of sitting by a river after dark; we hurriedly escaped from the ...

Motorbikes, santa and plans for NYE, Vientiane, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Motorbikes, santa and plans for NYE

A travel blog entry by thomaswguy

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... they were fully booked and they couldn't even spare a turkey Sarine the bastardos...so we settled for a burger and a pitcher of Beer Lao instead.  I rang home, very excited to speak to my family but also feeling a little homesick (the most home sick ...

Long road to Laos, Muang Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Long road to Laos

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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Here we are in Laos! We left Dien Bien Phu at 5.30am this morning on what initially seemed like an empty spacious bus. 90 minutes later we were still only 10km from the bus station and were piled up with huge bags of rice noodles, vegetables and ...

Dumbo(s), Ban Xieng Lom, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Dumbo(s)

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... is that the site sits right next to a fast running river, upstream from which we can see small rapids.  We have a brilliant Lao lunch of vegetable rice wrapped in banana leaf, before Lei, Bhan and the two guys looking after the site begin ...

THE LOOP - day 4, Thakhek, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

THE LOOP - day 4

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... catchup despite only being able to hear here in one ear and have the sound an video cut out every 10 seconds - good ol' Lao!  Once back at the Travel Lodge we have a congratulatory beer over dinner to celebrate not dying on the roadS of ...

We are all... like fish., Tat Lo, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

We are all... like fish.

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... , in her Swiss-German accent, "Yes, on the bus in Switzerland I look at everyone and I think, we are all... like fish." We like Judith.  We finish the evening with dinner, beer and Judith's introduction to Lao Lao and shithead.      ...

Laos - Overview, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Laos - Overview

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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... rather arid and uninspiring, but Laos failed to captivate us. Don't get me wrong, the people are warm and friendly, Beer Lao is an enjoyably cheap tipple and the baguettes from the charming street vendors are spectacularly good, as is the potent coffee ...

Lost in Lao, Huayxai and Pakbeng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Lost in Lao

A travel blog entry by lisa-ashley

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It is interesting how it is called, Lao People's Democratic Republic, seeing as the Communist flag sways in the air in every corner of the country. What is a Democratic Republic? Perhaps it is a third world communist country with 2-ply toilet ...

Unexpected Charm of Luang Prabang - days 52 to 61, Luang Prabang, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Unexpected Charm of Luang Prabang - days 52 to 61

A travel blog entry by thetwodaves

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... before having dinner together. Some hours later we met and decided to look for one of the several restaurants that offered 'Lao barbeque', which Lauren had been keen to demystify.  We realised why the dedicated restaurants are few and far between ...

A Totally Tubular Experience, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

A Totally Tubular Experience

A travel blog entry by lisa-ashley

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... to team up with 2 cool chicks, an Aussie and a Kiwi, and we shared wanderlust stories over Indian and French cuisine. Lao left an impression on me unlike any other country had. I had met such wonderful people who made my experience both memorable and ...

Lost In Lao, Part 2, Luang Prabang, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Lost In Lao, Part 2

A travel blog entry by lisa-ashley

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... Do Fa discotheque. On a mission to party, we entered the cavernous club with black lights and age old Christmas decorations, danced to Lao pop and closed the place down well past midnight. The club was empty when we arrived but just as soon as the club ...

The Cave, Ban Kong Lo, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Cave

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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... chat as no-one had any English in the family so we sat around watching Thai soap operas with the kids and then drinking lao-lao (Laos poitín) with the dad and a lot of pointing and laughing trying to have some sort of conversation. Television has ...

Vang Vieng, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Vang Vieng

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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... inner tube and floating down the river. The 3.5km route is littered with bars all offering to pull you in and sell you Beer Lao and food. The bars are all competing for the travellers custom in the most unconventional way we've seen yet. Each one had a ...

THE LOOP - day 1, Lek Sao, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

THE LOOP - day 1

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... of laughter. Claire does too, and says, "each to their own Mr Tun Tun." After some Lao Lao and banter with some 'patang' playing Lao guys who are also staying in the guesthouse, we go off to bed.             ...

Stop...... Hammock Time, Don Det, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Stop...... Hammock Time

A travel blog entry by foolsgold

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... with which to mop our brow..... Now that's class. True, not all was perfect; they showed a Thai film dubbed over into Lao without English subtitles, and there was an impromptu drinking contest a few seats behind us between a fifty year old Aussie and a ...

Let's do that again! Or not..., Vinh, Vietnam travel blog

Let's do that again! Or not...

A travel blog entry by zee

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We were talking about how the travelogue's been getting stale, and were thinking about how we could spice it up. Drawing inspiration from tv we planned a wedding, then a funeral, then just opted for the border crossing from HELL!!!! (see, we know how to ...

Claire bums bikes., Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Claire bums bikes.

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... Blue Lagoon. For dinner we manage to find a really quiet place with amazing views of the river below where we see two young Lao boys practising their own tubing with their flip flops in hand as paddles. One of the best features of this ...

Pen or money, Ban Dondčng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Pen or money

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... written to us encouraging us to do this) goes completely out the window. As soon as she walks in she is greeted by two smiling Lao ladies, with identical uniform and makeup. Jo says, "I wanted to make sure it is possible to get a boat across to Don ...

Luang Probing (in honour of Soph's brilliant typo), Luang Prabang, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Luang Probing (in honour of Soph's brilliant typo)

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... for the next day (7hrs) and end the day by talking about how we weren't too blown away by Luang Prabang, (but this is probably because Nong Khiaw is hard to beat), whilst drinking Lao Lao and playing cards by the river.         ...

In The Tubing, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

In The Tubing

A travel blog entry by emmaandemma

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Vang Vieng, ahhh only a few hours from Vientiane so we got a more local style of bus than the king of bus, which was fine. V V itsself is a backpacker mecca, there are many many guesthouses, on the bus we met a guy who'd been before and he showed us ...

Monks, elephants and a midnight hike, Xieng Lom, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Monks, elephants and a midnight hike

A travel blog entry by jeroenandlinda

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... . The Kiwis were entertaining as most kiwis are. The guy had a way with alcohol and rapidly worked his way through a couple of Beer Lao. These bottles are half a liter each, so they add up quickly. After dinner we were up for a surprise. We had to walk ...

Rules of a Novice Monk, Luang Prabang, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Rules of a Novice Monk

A travel blog entry by goodrichodyssey

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... in this entry are from our after breakfast walk, around the city. It ended up taking us 7 hours!   A main food in the Lao diet is "sticky rice" which is cooked daily and then placed out in the sun to dry. It is then heated before serving in a ...

Getting friendly with Pakse, Pakse, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Getting friendly with Pakse

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... bikes and get the boat to Champasak. We really enjoyed the homestay and the family were very nice, but it maybe wasn't the proper 'Lao' experience we thought it would be. Still, it was well worth it and we would recommend at least a visit to Don Deang ...

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