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Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
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Trip End Mar 16, 2013


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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Vang Vieng,
Monday, February 25, 2013

Finished off our stop at Luang Prabang watching the sunset over the Mekong and then feeding the monks at sunrise.
After 7 hours on the main road in Lao - which was both bumpy and windy - we arrived for our home-stay visit in our village just outside Vang Vieng.
First up we were paired with our families in a king of speed dating meets "take me out" ritual. We were to stay at Home-stay No 4 with a family that couldn't speak English or French and whom appeared to be a farming family. Our room was clean but basic, but by comparison to the rest of the village was luxury - how pampered we have become in the west!
We then had a tour of the village, played soccer with the local kids and then finished with a BBQ and traditional Lao dancing. Our dancing brought much laughter to the locals and with every song more and more kids joined in. Lights out at 9pm for everyone in the peoples republic!
In the morning we visited the school and gave them our gifts (mainly books and pens).
p.s. good to see that the Govt has stopped all the crazy westerners from drinking, drugging and dying in Vang Vieng!
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