Travel Blogs from Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep

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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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... nbsp; Either that or buy an over-priced cushion each from a local vendor. The rest of the day we spent investigating Huay Xai a little more.  Apparently it was a significant trading post during the heyday of the 'Golden Triangle' (the area ...

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 ...

Loas - The Land of a Million Elephants, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Loas - The Land of a Million Elephants

A travel blog entry by cleff

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This week it rained ash on us as we travelled through Thailand and Laos. We have entered the pre-wet season for SE Asia and everyone is gearing up for the pouring rain. In addition to the Water Festival in Thailand (where you walk down the street and ...

A Long Journey, a Short Story, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

A Long Journey, a Short Story

A travel blog entry by mills-mcshea

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... covertly swim across the Mekong to the Thai side. Day 3 of the journey. We cross the boarder, but me and Kate have only kip (Lao money), and can't find somewhere to change it. A guy offered to take it off our hands for 1/4 quarter of the price, I say ...

Numb Bums!, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Numb Bums!

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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... we were still wondering whether we would ever feel our bums or ever get there. Sure enough 18.30ish we arrived in Huay Xai - Border town Laos/Thailand. Wandered off the boat down the main street here to find accommodation with Kirsty and Hamish (the ...

The Gibbon Experience - Laos, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Gibbon Experience - Laos

A travel blog entry by you_know_zo

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... wouldn't miss out, but it was a very tense and stressful few hours trying to sort it all out... We stayed the night in Huay Xai and then got up early to set off on the trip.  It was a bumpy three hour truck ride into the ...

On the Gibbon Trail, Bokeo Nature Reserve, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

On the Gibbon Trail

A travel blog entry by canuckdive

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... still sees poaching and logging, and to promote tourism in a unique fashion. The owner/founder, a frenchman who has become a Lao, has taken the last 2 years to create his dream, involving the local villagers in the construction, maintenance and ...

Ziptastic, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Ziptastic

A travel blog entry by amy_michael

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... journey in reverse, this time Amy enjoying the back of the 4WD as well, and avoiding getting stuck in any mud - impressive. Back in Huay Xai, we grab a quick shower, then head for the night bus - not our first choice, but unfortunately the best option. 16 ...

The best 3 days ever!!, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The best 3 days ever!!

A travel blog entry by tomsontravels

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... the village semed very wierd, I wanted to tell everyone and make everyone experience this! The next group arrived and I couldnt contain myself. Back in Huay Xai we ate lots and went to a big party at the Buddhist Wat - it was like a village fair, but you ...

Transit Huay Xai and leave Laos, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Transit Huay Xai and leave Laos

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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Arrived back in Huay Xia at about 14.30 having stopped for lunch on the way back. Dave was feeling decidely dodgy on the way back - hardly surprising if you see the roads and the dust. We were determined to leave here today and get to Chiang Rai if ...

Illegally crossing international borders, Ban Houay Xay, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Illegally crossing international borders

A travel blog entry by jawad

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... backpack. We of course got stamped in legally and paid the US$30 fee to get 14 days in the People's Democratic Republic of Lao. All the red and yellow hammer and sickle flags were a clear reminder that this is the first communist country I have ...

Ferry to Laos, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Ferry to Laos

A travel blog entry by dane

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... a 30-second, uneventful ferry to Laos.  We did almost fall in the river with all our luggage, but that's everyday stuff.  Huay Xai isn't much of a town.  It's just a place to get your Lao visa stamped and catch a boat to Luang ...

Goodbye Laos, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Goodbye Laos

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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So another 3 weeks and another country.  Where is the time going?  Laos was a really enjoyable country to spend 3 weeks of our time.  Although there weren't any big famous sights like Angkor or Halong Bay, everywhere we went was gorgeous ...

20 North, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

20 North

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... a rusty clapped out tuk-tuk and a longboat over the Mekong deposited me - lifeless but intact - to the sleepy border town of Huay Xai, on the Laos side of the Mekong River. That's twenty four hours door-to-door and I'm positively shot. It was ...

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

The Gibbon Experience

A travel blog entry by rcys

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... Gibbon Experience is more than just ziplines. It's a program set up by conservationist to protect the unspoiled Bokeo Forest Reserve in Northern Lao and of course the Gibbons. Take a look at their site if you want to know more. Basically, what you get ...

First stop in Laos, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

First stop in Laos

A travel blog entry by canaussie

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One night in Huay Xai, journal in Luang ...

The Very Interesting Bus Ride, Huay Xai to Luang Namtha, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Very Interesting Bus Ride

A travel blog entry by mimmik

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... , not Laos). What an incredibly green, gorgeous, lush country it is up here! I spent my first night in Lao in a little border town on the river called Huay Xai, and in the morning rushed off to the bus station to catch the 9:30 bus, which didn't leave ...

Hua Xai, Hua Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Hua Xai

A travel blog entry by mhaebich

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Second time that we have crossed the Mekong river into Laos at this point; spent 4 nights at BAP guesthouse; nice place but the rudest staff imaginable. All mark's gear got wet during the sangthaew journey; but nice big area to dry it out. Clare ate some ...

Lao Bus Fun!, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Lao Bus Fun!

A travel blog entry by cosmicllama

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... a single wet foot - to the customs 'office' to wait in line for our visa. Most travelers who cross at the Chiang Khong/Huay Xai border head for Luang Prabang on a two-day boat journey, though we opted to begin ours by heading north instead. Once our ...

Kayaking and Travel from Hell, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Kayaking and Travel from Hell

A travel blog entry by zoebuck

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09:24 First of all, Happy Birthday to my dear friend and lodger, Andrew! I hope you have a lovely day my dear, even though it's only Tuesday! Wound watch day 4: looking much more nasty, angry, yellow, infected, pusy and sore today. See attractive picture ...

Country Number 2!, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Country Number 2!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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... and Holiday Number 2! We had rushed through the whole process as all the signs said that the slow boat to Luang Prabang departed Huay Xai at 08:30.....SUCKERS! We basically sat on an empty boat until 11 when it very speedily filled up with about 100 ...

Life in the Treehouse:  Bokeo Reserve Rainforest, Northern Laos/ Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Life in the Treehouse: Bokeo Reserve Rainforest

A travel blog entry by seanyb

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... the rainforest. I rescheduled my flights and despite safety warnings from both the Lonely Planet and timid travellers, I boarded a speedboat to Huay Xai from Luang Prabang. The speedboat covered 2 days of slow boat journeys in about 7 hours. I got in ...

He was definitely a spy, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

He was definitely a spy

A travel blog entry by juliasussams

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... with terrible curry (i know, we should have known it would be bad but we got overexcited) and finally got to the border at Huay Xai late afternoon 2 days after we had left Luang Prabang. Amazingly we arrived just after the border shut and so had to stay ...

The toilet and engine are directely proportional, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The toilet and engine are directely proportional

A travel blog entry by wickyjennings

Opted to cross the border into Lao by the slow boat. It'll take 2 days chugging down the Mekong, just taking in the views, with an over night in Pak Bong. And thats exactly what I did. On day 1 anyway. I read, took pics and relaxed. But by day two I was ...

Laos Border Pit Stop, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Laos Border Pit Stop

A travel blog entry by shunny81

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Huay Xai, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Huay Xai

A travel blog entry by thetour

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We arrived here in the evening with our crew from the minibus.  Not much to say about this place except it has a fantastic Karaoke bar and endless beer Laos.  After a large night of extremely poor singing to songs that no one actually knew (the ...

From Pai into Laos, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

From Pai into Laos

A travel blog entry by helenandiain

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... hassles and pit falls trying to obtain visas upon entry and we were finally in Laos with permission to remain for 30 days. Huay Xai isn't a particularly interesting place but we stayed at a nice guest house run by an ancient old lady and her sister who ...

Hanging on a thread, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Hanging on a thread

A travel blog entry by amitdarji

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... Chiang Mai before getting a boat over to Chiang Kong to cross over the Mekong to Laos arriving in the small town of Huay Xai where I ended up staying for a few nights to undertake the Gibbon experience. Gibbon adventure Gibbons are monkeys that live deep ...

The one road town and monkey impersonations!!, Huay Xai, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The one road town and monkey impersonations!!

A travel blog entry by liv.ltd

... - when the duty of keeping Olivia and Kathryn awake was taken over by a rather overzealous Cockerall!!) Anyway the whole point of Huay Xai - or rather our presence there at this paticular time was our Christmas present (thank you mum and dad) the ...

The Funky Gibbon, Bokeo Natural Reserve, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

The Funky Gibbon

A travel blog entry by pablito

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... yourself in, throw yourself off and there you go flying 400m way above the deep jungle valley with rainforest everywhere you look! Some Lao guy with barely understandable English tells you what to do in about 3minutes and the rest is up to you. Its funny ...

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