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Trip Start Sep 05, 2011
18Trip End Apr 05, 2012
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what you're doing tomorrow is gonna come your way...
don' t you ever consider giving up, you will find..ooohhhh
It's a beautiful life oh oh ooo (Ace of Base)
i could actually write down the whole lyrics of this song, cause damn, they were so right when they wrote it... but before i continue describing you how f*cking awesome Lazy Laos is, i first of all have to tell you a bit more
About this blog
i really do my best to write more often, but internet in Laos is very expensive but even more annoyingly slow...but still, here you have the story of my last adventures
About Central Laos
Tha Kaek was nice (still don't know how you write it and i refuse to google it), not much to see or to do, but for sure worth visiting the caves on a motorbike (for a change)...but even more worth a visit was the cave of Kong Lor, with very nice surroundings and some very handsome company that i picked up on the way ;)
Not much more to say about central Laos cause i'm dying to tell more ...
About North Laos
the more North i go, the more i LOVE it...not just like it, i am truely deeply in love with this country...
Vientiane, the capital was just a quick relaxing stop to arrange my Thai visa...
but Vang Vieng...OMG, i could write a whole blog only about Vang Vieng and the title would be...'all day...all night...all day...all night...all day...all night...what the f*ck' (Sak Noel) cause honestly Vang Vieng is THE party place in Laos:) totally against my principles of getting drunk during the day (when did i get that principle) and going tubing like millions of tourists have done before me, i did let myself get convinced to give it a try...it didn't take more than 1 hour to get in the mood and the 2 days that we went 'tubing on the Vang Vieng river' we didn't make it further than bar 3...imagine a river where you are supposed to tube, but in the beginning there are like 20 bars giving free shots, full of crazy people, nice weather, good music and dancing all day...what do you need more???...the first day our tube got stolen so second day we decided to go without and steal someone else's but again we didn't do a lot of tubing that day...but too much alcohol is never good for someone's sake so after 3 days i decided to go...and leave for the quiet old Laos capital Luang Prabang...spend some relaxing days there cause after Vang Vieng that was the only thing i was able to do...
From Luang Prabang we took the 7hours slow boat ride to Nong Kiew (really nice place names in Laos, try it out loud if you dare) and from this part on i can say, north Laos is soooo beautiful...not a lot to do, almost no tourists,no english speaking people, no information about the region, no internet or other ways to communicate with the 'outside world'...but a small heaven on earth...as was Muong Noi (als je gewoon iets binnensmonds mompelt zit je echt in de buurt van de juiste uitspraak van deze plaats)...till now my favorite place in Laos...
But i have to keep on moving, and soon leave for Thailand, so since yesterday i'm in Luang Namtha for a short break before crossing the border...Luang Namtha is known for the trekkings and i really promised myself i would not go trekking and eventually ended up booking a 2 days trek...huhuh, one day walking one day kayakking (Halong Bay deja vu all the way...help)...starting tomorrow...
About myself and this trip
As i said in my previous blogs, i'm happy and i love this trip...so much that i can't imagine that i'm already half way (why did i book my return ticket???)...ever since i came to Laos (which is 3 weeks to be precise) i didn't spend even one day or one night alone...it's so easy to travel alone here because no matter where you go you meet new people...unfortunately still few of them aren't worth mentioning (even not worth spending time with) but others are so nice that you just immediately feel that it's ok...since one week im travelling together with Lara and Fien, 2 very nice funny dutch girls who adopted me as their (somewhat older) friend...in Nong Kiew their friends Dior (the panter) and Dea joined us and we hooked up with Daniel (help are there only Dutch people on this side of Laos)...the last one learning us how you can turn a lazy evening into a 'crazy drinking and card games and ending in the local disco where there is nobody-evening' and showing us that the cheap local LAO LAO should be our new friend
Anyway, before my nephews come to skype with me (jejeje i have been waiting already since 1.30hours) i will end this blog with some more exciting 'did you know that'
- waking up in Laos is most of the time the same as waking up in a zoo (i guess), with all the animals starting to make noise from 4 am
- I definitely found out why they say LAZY Laos cause it is really lazy,there is no stress, no hurry and no worry
- it takes at least one hour for your food to be ready in a restaurant, for a bus to leave,for a person to react on your question...so you'd better not stress yourself...
- whenever i like a place i just tell myself it doesn't really matter staying one day longer but in the end all those 1 days do matter
- Asian people really get easily sick in buses...i already knew this but yesterday was a proof again, when 3 Lao women started vomiting in the front of our minivan ( well i'm sure 1 started and the rest was just a chain reaction),one of them being clever enough to do her thing outside her window (but quite disgusting for the people in the back of the bus...euh...= US)
- I really did well budget-wise this month
- my parents are coming in one week (jep, i definitely have to start traveling towards Bangkok)
- I never so often played cards or visited caves as i did the last weeks
- this trip is just soooooo CARPE DIEM (in case you were still wondering)
hope to hear from lovely Belgium or other nice countries very soon again...