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Trip Start Mar 20, 2012
31Trip End Jul 20, 2012
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I'm lying in bed in luang prabang. Another power cut. I hadn't appreciated how much the ceiling fan had become my friend until all these power cuts!
Visa success! We returned to Vientiane on Monday to pick up our Myanmar visas from the embassy. Just as promised they were there and ready to collect. Unfortunately nobody told us that there would be a full colour passport photo of my face printed onto the visa that is stuck in my passport. (we went and got 12 more photos done out here each as all our visas requires so many). Said photo depicts me as a shiny, sweaty, tired looking boy!!! Oh the shame. Let's hope the authorities still let me in!
We've both still been ill on and off but nothing a little rehydration salts etc can't fix. We made it safely up over the mountains on the sleeper bus to Luang Prabang with some very nice people for company (although being discovered as a doctor did mean a full and very colourful account of one girls UTI woes. Lucky us)!
LPB is beautiful (as its UNESCO world heritage site status would denote). French villas and pretty bricked and palm tree lined lanes. The Mekong river looks particularly impressive from here despite having followed it all the way from cambodia.
We've enjoyed wasting time wandering aimlessly, drinking blended fruit shakes and going to markets. Bliss. The aim for today is temples (if Tomo can get over his 'temple fatigue') and a Laos massage. It's a hard life.
Had another beautiful electrical storm the other evening and all the frogs have come out to play, although it does bring flash backs to the fat, wet one that landed on my head in Kampot *shudder*.
We'd had a few other things planned in Laos but what with visas and illness I think they'll have to wait. At least it's a good excuse to come back one day.
Tomorrow we head back to Vientiane followed by a sleeper train to Bangkok on Tuesday ready for our flight to Yangon, Myanmar. Spending a few more hours in Vientiane tomorrow will hopefully mean one more visit to Kung's Cafe. We discovered it randomly whilst we were there in a gorgeous overgrown garden with hanging baskets and sprawling plants. The locals said they were surprised to see us there and assumed we must be expats and work in the city to know about it. Nice to find such a gem!