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Vang Vieng, Laos

“Do you want some motion sickness pills?” asked a concerned co-passenger.  “It’s not motion sickness.”  -Scotty 5 hours in to an 8 hour mini-bus journey… Vang Vieng is a funny place.  It’s naturally beautiful.  Precipitous limestone mountains rise up like a stegosaurus’ back on the other side of a beautiful river.  There’s plenty of hiking,…

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Aside from the constant smoke, a staple here in Laos, Luang Prabang is an inviting town. We would have liked to stay longer, but not being able to breathe freely really put a damper on our visit. Located on a peninsula where the Nam Khan river meets the mighty Mekong River, this quaint town is…

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Mong Ngoi, Laos

Travel in Laos is usually a difficult affair, so the boat ride from Nong Khiaw was a much appreciated pleasure.  The hour long ride saw us pass limestone cliffs, submerged to the head water buffalo, tribal villages, small rapids, and lush hillsides.  Though tightly packed we watched the passing scenes in relative comfort, getting more…

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Nong Khiaw, Laos

Getting here was a little slice of magic, and another dose of torture.  But after many hours in mini-busses on bad roads, a lesson on how to play pitong (Laos’ version of Bocce Ball), and a few thousand less kip (currency of Laos), we slowly untangled our way out into the sun. Nong Khiaw is a quiet town on the…

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Luang Namtha, Laos

–Day One– Fully rejuvinated we book a 3 day trek and hit the road.  There is another couple booked with us, we are told, but they have canceled so we’re on our own!  Our guide “Woot” gives us a preliminary run down as we cruise to our starting point in a Saengthaew (improvised pickup truck…

Arriving in Laos

Val’s feet splash down on the wet sand and it’s official, we’ve reached Laos.  As we walk up the hill to immigration the a brilliant sun sets over the mighty Mekong river.  Getting our visa is the first taste Laos bureaucracy, a legendary monster of lethargy feared by travelers round the globe.  Fortunately the hype…

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