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Leaving Chiang Mai was a sad affair but Meg and I were quite ok w this since the most exciting part of our trip so far was about to commence: the Gibbon Experience in the Bokeo National Park. We caught a bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong, Thailand's border town with Laos. We very easily checked out of Thailand, caught a 5 minute boat across the river and checked into Huay Xai, Laos. Super easy and it took less than 45 minutes. So much for land border crossings being difficult.. The next ...
... restaurant… good to see them again, we really thought we had seen the last of them a couple of cities ago. We think however they had an argument or something because only the guy came over to greet us – the girl wasn’t interested and only gathered her backpack and walked off without even giving us a nod. After lunch the local tribeswomen were out at our table offering us their wares. They were two funny old women selling us some of their cool ...
... so close. And with only a tiny border post. But still unreachable for us as it turns out because the Lao customs don't let us anywhere near the China side of the border. Well, then we just take pictures on the Lao border with China in the back. As a bonus the guide and his family, who are Akha, take us to see an Akha village along the road. We get to see an Akha buddha, a gate made from bamboo and grasses that marks the entrance to the village. We can look and take ...
... we have been told and it really is a beautiful paved road, although not very wide, so passing the slow driving heavy trucks is sometimes an adventure. When we stop halfway we get the first glimps of the hilltribes, which seems to be the main attraction of northern Laos. A woman smoking a pipe in colourful dress with a small child on her arms is staring at us from across the road. This happens a lot as we will learn during the next days, that you feel ...
... the journey a large refrigerator was strapped precariously to the roof. The driver had apprehensively lashed it to the roof of the already overcrowded and unkempt minibus, on behalf of a trio of determined local women. Now, with every bump or pothole in the road, we winced at the thought of an untimely death under the weight of a newly-purchased piece of white goods crashing through the thin metal roof onto our heads.
When we piled out of the bus at the end of the ...
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