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okay hotel, did the job
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... the rice, the Cambodians tend the rice, the Lao listen to it grow and the Thai sell it." Such is the laid-back nature of most Lao.
Laos has the unenviable distinction of being the most bombed nation on earth. From 1964-1973, the United States dropped more than 250 million cluster bombs on Laos in an attempt to block the supply of arms to the North Vietnamese along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Lao refer to this as the "Secret War" ...
... the very quiet paradise like island of Done Khone. We came here for peace and quiet and for a while I was worried as we had a full boat (with more to come) along the Mekong. Fortunately they all jumped off on the biggest island Done Det leaving just me, Liza and one other bloke to head for this one. Minutes later we've booked in a hut by the river for £5 a night, en suite, and are now sipping lime mint shakes (why doesn't every country ...
... at 8pm, our nonplussed driver decided he needed to urgently pull over and spend 10 minutes deliberating over his food at the market - it turned out this was only 5 minutes from our final destination so why he could not have dropped us off and then picked up his food was beyond all of us! Finally, we were able to reach the bus station and amid a scene of complete chaos and some stress, we boarded our sleeper bus towards Pakse, though with some concern for the old ...
... Mekong River . We are hoping that it will be worth our effort. We have ideas of visiting nearby river villages by boat, doing some walks in the forest and spotting some wildlife….
*Laos has around 40,000 km of roadway but recent statistics show that only 4000 km are actually paved. Apart from the last 40 km of track, we are fortunately driving tarmac surface today.
*Initially we are still driving through very rural areas. It seems there ...
... them as I am completely different to when the photo was taken. I have lost almost 50kgs, have long straggly hair and a beard. After much consultation, checking my drivers licence, ID book and no sense of humour they eventually let me through.
Laos is a land locked country surrounded by China, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. Vientiane us a strange place. It is the capital of Laos but does not have a big city feel. It is a strange mix of an Asian city mixed with ...