Lovely Laos

Trip Start Jul 25, 2006
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Decided to take the plane to Luang Prabang, Laos instead of the usual 2-3 day bus/boat ride. It was only later that we heard that the guidebooks strongly urge people NOT to fly Laos Airlines based on their safety record. The benefit was we flew through the Visa line at the airport and even got 15 more days added to our stay (30 days in Total).

We got a good deal for a couple of nights at the Villa Santi hotel just outside of Luang Prabang which is accessed by bumpy roads and passing elephants and water buffalos. But the place was wonderful with a just-completed pool and excellent food.

Currently we are back to our backpacker frugality and staying at a place for $6-/night and at least $5,000- worth of beautiful rosewood hardwood on the floor that you couldn't even buy in the US.

Looking forward to the upcoming water festival. But right now all I can think about is the 50 cent vegan dinner feast we found about yesterday at the Hmong night market.

Health watch:

Maija: Currently feeling great, almost broke ankle saving a glass of water from falling two tables over during gusty weather.

Ernie: Currently has sniffles, but not making too much of a fuss.
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