Trip Start Oct 18, 2009
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Chiang Rai shortlist: Sex tourism, white temple, lovely clock tower and fountain, and local hilltribe coffee.
From Chiang Rai we headed to Chiang Kong where we boated across the border into Laos before taking a two-day boat ride to the UNESCO world heritage city of Luang Prabong. Our night over was spent in a riverside town where we dogded offers of opium but were unable to avoid a man hyped up on the stuff...
Luang Prabong was a gorgeous city situated on the crotch of two rivers. Previously under french rule the city retains some colonial arcitecture and food for the steady stream of tourists. We spent a day cycling around the area and stumbled upon a new babycelebration which is quite an ordeal in Laos, notwithout their LAOD music! Further south we traveled on the countries main highway which is windy and in disrepair to Vang Vienne. This town is known for drunken tube rides down the river, but also boasts stunning scenery. We opted to cycle through the country side. Brilliant! We did get slightly off track and rounded up ourtour with 5km on the highway. Our recent cycle trips were an attempt to wake up those muscles we will use on our cross Canada cycle trip from Ingersoll to Surrey.