Travel Blogs from Houei Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep

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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 ...

Overnight bus heading to Hanoi, Vinh, Nghe Tinh Province, Vietnam travel blog

Overnight bus heading to Hanoi

A travel blog entry by jawad

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En route to Hanoi on an overnight bus This has been the most uncomfortable overnight bus journey yet in Vietnam. Open Tour tickets are dirt cheap but you always end up paying in other ways. For instance, our bus is ram packed with people, including ...

Lak Sao Overnight, Lak Sao, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Lak Sao Overnight

A travel blog entry by canaussie

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Overnight stop before crossing to Vietnam.  See Lao 2 ...

Different World, Houei Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Different World

A travel blog entry by rbisset

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An entry from Cath, Houei Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

An entry from Cath

A travel blog entry by siandcath

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This is just a quick note from me about my birthday Gibbon Experience. As many of you know Simon suggested a few weeks before we left that we do the Gibbon Experience while in laos...oh ok Si what does it involve....well....7 hours of trekking through ...

Funny Vinh, Vinh, Vietnam travel blog

Funny Vinh

A travel blog entry by canaussie

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See Hanoi journal..  The circus has come to ...

Gibbon Experience, Houei Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Gibbon Experience

A travel blog entry by siandcath

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... Cath's birthday up a tree but we both agree that it was not only unique but a fantastic experience. We arrived in Laos at Houei Xai (one horse town) from Chaing Khong Thailand on 25th and departed to the Bokeo Nature reserve the next day. There was 12 ...

Bad bus journey and getting to Danang, China beach (marble mountain), Vietnam travel blog

Bad bus journey and getting to Danang

A travel blog entry by danilovescats

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Hello! It's now Friday and we're finally in civilisation. We've been GENUINE travellers for the last few days, and it so hard! We booked a bus from Vientiane to take us to Vietnam's boarder crossing - Loa Boa. There will be no suprise I'm sure, when ...

Lak Sao, Lak Sao, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Lak Sao

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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From Paksan we jumped on a very unfriendly bus to Lak Sao! We got our wires crossed with the guesthouse the night before and he thought we'd said that we wanted to take the bus to Lak Sao at 05:45 so we get a very nice wake-up call and got ready in a ...

Country Number 3!!!!, Vinh, Vietnam travel blog

Country Number 3!!!!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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This was our first real border crossing by land and it proved to be a good one...or at least adventurous! We took a mini-bus from Lak Sao at midday along with 5 other Karaoke singing Vietnamese on their way home - oh yes the minibus was equipped with ...

Toads, rats and chicks, Lak Sao, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Toads, rats and chicks

A travel blog entry by j3ssie

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We left Vientiane early after a quick breakfast and a dash to the shops to stock up on snack food for our long journey ahead. Our minibus was comfortable, and took us on a 7-hour drive along the mountain road to the border town of Lak Sao. We passed ...

entre fleuve et foret, Houei Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

entre fleuve et foret

A travel blog entry by parashakti

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Nous venons de passer 2 jours sur le feuve du Mekong, 2 jours ca peut paraitre beaucoup, mais c'etait superbe, les petits villages se succedaient, tantot sur la rive gauche, tantot a droite, des fois on croisait des chercheurs d'or, des ...

Crossing the boarder to Laos, Houei Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Crossing the boarder to Laos

A travel blog entry by barbieandken

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I got up at 8am and got breakfast from the nice bakery. Croissants and coffee. Yam. yam. Bella was surprisingly awake as well and as we still had the motorbike we quickly packed the bags, stowed them at reception and went off to see a bit more. Max and ...

Welcome to 'the Nam', Vinh, Vietnam travel blog

Welcome to 'the Nam'

A travel blog entry by mikelaurence

Here's the summation: From Phonsovanh in Laos to Vinh in North-central Vietnam is only about 280 km. It took us, travelling by bus, 17.5 hours to complete this trip! Patience is very important in such a circumstance. Some reasons for such a lengthy trip ...

The Gibbon Experience, Houei Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Gibbon Experience

A travel blog entry by alexstone

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One of the highlights of my trip, I had been looking forward to this since the day I booked it. What a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in the beautiful Laos jungle, flying high above the canopy on zip lines connecting you to your tree house in the ...

Bus shenanigans, Nam Phao, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Bus shenanigans

A travel blog entry by chris-zoe

After another brief sojourn in Hanoi (Zoe coined the phrase "Hanoying" but really we didn't like it because it reminded us of grey, wet England) we hit the bus for Laos. Everyone who's been travelling round SE Asia seems to have a story about this trip ...

In through the bathroom window, Houei Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

In through the bathroom window

A travel blog entry by alexbicknell

... local, and disappears for 15 minutes, leaving us (as ever) waiting. Our nearest brush with the real world was Luang Prabang. Its Lao’s second biggest city but it has a peculiar charm. Even the main street is hard to make out as you are surrounded ...

Konglor - 7 kilometer long cave, Ban Kong Lo, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Konglor - 7 kilometer long cave

A travel blog entry by cecilia74

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... tourist would want to stay in a not-so-comfortable homestay if they could stay in a more luxurious guesthouse! Food and other Lao experiences We showered and pretty soon dinner was served. First we could watch how the people prepared the food. The men ...

Crossing the border, Houei Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Crossing the border

A travel blog entry by rinnan

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... lot of magic. The second bus was more primitive, and the "ferry" was a small boat. Great, we had now entered Laos to Houei Xai. Found a nice hotel (clean and tidy with towels, own hot shower for 4 dollars), and went out for a stroll, seeing the local ...

Motorcycle diaries pt. II, Vinh, Vietnam travel blog

Motorcycle diaries pt. II

A travel blog entry by edde

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Well I've clocked up around 225 miles on my Minsk and only had one break down so far. The exhaust pipe had come loose from the engine so I set about fixing it, within 5 minutes I was up and running but before I could get off the local village had come ...

Toogtyvende dag i Vietnam, Dong Hui, Vietnam travel blog

Toogtyvende dag i Vietnam

A travel blog entry by evamaria85

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... kl. 7.30 om morgenen var Vin Moc Tunnelerne, de er lidt stoerre en Cu Chi Tunnelerne jeg besoegte naer Saigon, men vi var nede i dem noget laengere tid, saa man blev lidt klaustrofobisk, isaer da vi gik ned i dem og trapperne var et vandfald, da vi er i ...

Off the beaten path!, Ban Khoun Kham, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Off the beaten path!

A travel blog entry by azurra

After arriving in Thakek on Monday (December 10), I quickly found out that there was not much to do in town except explore the surounding region. Heading out east from town is highway number 12, well known for the beautiful moutains and numerous caves. ...

Glorious Isolation, Ninh Binh/Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam travel blog

Glorious Isolation

A travel blog entry by falconworldtour

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Having seperated, I decided to head for the peace and quiet of the Cuc Phuong National Park. Since there's no public transport to and from the park, the whole exercise was rather expensive as motorcycle taxis were the order of the day. When I got there I ...

The funky gibbon, Houei Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The funky gibbon

A travel blog entry by wagscallion

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After a terrible journey (haha!) we arrive in Houei Xai. This is a bit of a one horse town, basically it sits on the east bank of the Mekong river and is used by travelers as a border crossing into Thailand, to Chiang Khong on west bank. The only ...

Show me the Mui Ne, Vinh, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Show me the Mui Ne

A travel blog entry by butterfills

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We took another bone shaker of a bus down the winding mountain roads back to Mui Ne. When we arrived, the wind was blowing hard so Dean headed straight to the kiteboarding school "Jibes" to book some lessons.  The wind during the following ...

4000 Islands, Don Det, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

4000 Islands

A travel blog entry by jb92434

Ok unfortunately there are no photos so if you bore easily of me ramballing then don't read on. It's been so long since our last entry and we don't have photos just a disposable cam. The journey to 4000 island took 12 hours it was meant to be a VIP ...

There were 5 on the back seat of the bus., Laos/Vietnam border, Vietnam travel blog

There were 5 on the back seat of the bus.

A travel blog entry by kiffster65

So we booked a bus, $18 it cost us but in the end i probably wouldn't have paid 18p for it. In my seemingly neverending quest to find a bus service that matches that of the 128 from Pickering to Scarborough, this is the furthest from that perfection yet. ...

GOOD MORNING VIET.....NAM!!, Vieng Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

GOOD MORNING VIET.....NAM!!

A travel blog entry by bec_and_macey

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Having celebrated the retirement party till the wee hours (...!) It was an early start to catch the bus - up at 5.30am on Maceys Birthday. Just the present he wanted I'm sure! A long walk to the bus station and a wait of an hour and our truck pulls up. ...

The Kingdom Smaller Than An Insect, Houei Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Kingdom Smaller Than An Insect

A travel blog entry by kakakaabroad

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... 'Layoss' as JFK suggested (the idea of a country sharing a name with an insect apparently being too confusing), the Peoples Democratic Republic of Laos (actually pronounced without the s), has had a somewhat tumultuous passage to the twenty first century. ...

Welcome to Vietnam, Vinh, Vietnam travel blog

Welcome to Vietnam

A travel blog entry by younowknow

... ASEAN summit. Much conspiratorial whispering amongst tourists (I refuse to call us travellers - please: get over yourself) about why - did the Lao think we would lower the tone? Pose a security threat? Personally, I think it was simply No Room At The ...

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