Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
40Trip End May 26, 2009
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Sarika Guesthouse, Luang Prabang
So, Luang Prabang. we arrived there and decided to do the trick of me (EW by the way) sitting in a cafe and Raywood wandering off to find somewhere to stay. Whilst doing this she came across Ambrine and Ruth who we were with in Vang Vieng, Halong Bay and other points in Vietnam and Cambodia. So we went to stay where they were staying, for ease. We didn't do a lot after this as it was already getting late and the very strictly timed 6pm thunderstorm was about to come along. These are very impressive, it turns the road into a proper river within 5 minutes.
the next day we all went to have breakfast/lunch and then went to the waterfall along with a couple of other English girls, Aliena and Holly who we found at breakfast. It was quite a way, an hour in a tuk tuk each way, not bad for 2 pounds each
We got back to our guesthouse, had a shower and went for some street food, to y'know, do "the local" thing, as we do every now and again. We had a very nice vegetable buffet thing and finished it off with a slab of chicken each off the bbq (as it turned out BIG MISTAKE). Later we went to a bar to have a few drinkies and chatted to a load of other traveller types. Then as 11pm hit the bar closed, as is the fashion in Laos with the strict 11pm curfew. Although here there is a bit of a difference as there is one place that stays open much later. Nope not a club, but, a bowling alley....
The next day we decided to climb a hill. and make it last all day as we didn't have much else to do. We'd lost the other girls as they'd gone off to do elephant trekking. We went in the heat of the day (always a good idea) and it took forever to climb not a particularly big hill. However I wasn't feeling too great, and it wasn't even from the drinking the previous night, there were some suspicious stomach cramps occurring. Never a good sign. Anyway the hill was very nice from the top, there was a good view and we lit some incense for the buddha. When we got back down we wandered around for the afternoon and went to do some shopping at the really very nice night market, we also booked a slow boat for the next day. This boat would take 2 days and all the way to the Thai border. And sounded very nice.
That night I got ill, damn chicken.... well you can imagine, and the next day we set out for the boat. I had had no sleep and dosed up to the eyballs with Immodium and paracetamol and generally not feeling on top of the world
So this morning (feeling a little better) we got the boat across the river and into Thailand, the last country on the tour, but maybe save all that fun for next time.
Love Emmas xxx