Luang Prabang - Laos

Trip Start Oct 16, 2006
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Thursday, November 2, 2006

Hello to all of ya's.......

Sorry we havent been in touch. Wr have lefted Thailand onwards to Laos, crossing the boarder onto the Mekong River, it takes about two days to get to Luang Prabang. On route we stopped at a small town called Pak Bang, which was on route to Pak Bang Caves, the buddhas believed the sea washed into the caves and has now become a sacried place. Arrived in Pak Beng which the villagers share the electricty supplier and unfortunately for us that night was not our night, so we had no power and relied on candle light, but was an experience! Early start back on the Mekng River for a full day to Luang prabang. Stayed at the Thong ay Bunglows, highly recommended! Follow day we took a tuk tuk to the Kwnag Si Falls, a breath taking experience with a chance to freshen up in the clear cool waters - lunch was joined by a tiger Paet and Asiatic Bears. Took a leisurely evening enjoying the local food and strolled around the local market - the best market so far! Following day we hired bikes which is the best was to get around town, find some nice stops for food and drink and seeing how the locals live. Had a BBQ dinner provided by the hotel and onwards to see the amazing sunset up Mount Pusi, back down 362 steps for a well deserved massage!! The following morning we were up at sunrise 5.30am to see the monks doing their daily chore collecting their Alms from the local people, something you would never get to experience! That day was had to say goodbye to Luang Prabang, onwards to Vientiane a 35 mins flight so not too long. Arrived in the afternoon to a city that is under development being the capital, we spent time chilling out at the Plaza hotel and chilled out for the rest of the day - but still had time to take advantage of a well deserved massage! We left Vientiane onwards to our home stay Hin Boun a 6 hour drive - but well worth it when you see how the locals really live and the kids are a pleasure to spend time with - whilst we were there we took a B52 boat onto the river to see the sunset -then dinner all setout for us at 7pm, and lights out at 9pm, last chance to go to the outdoor toilet!! Short but sweet stay there we left early the next day after breakfast to the border for Laos and Vietnam - a shame to say goodbye for forwards to Vietnam! A long and widen road from the border - a 12 hour drive to an over night stop Nihn Binh, nothing really there just heads down for the next day. Another early start to the harbour of Halong Bay - arriving for the boat at 12 noon - bordered the boat to Halong Bay which is made up of 200 islands and many people who live on house boats. Arrived at Halong Bay Caves and World heritage site, never really seen anything quite like it! Ready for some swimming and boat diving which was exliriating experience. Dinner was served at 7pm, with a wide choice of food. Sailed back to land and onwards to Hanoi, once the capital city - went to KOTO for breakfast which stand for ' Know One Teach One ' for the homeless people of Vietnam. Went to see Uncle Ho's but wasn't there his body was being cleaned in russia. Left busy Hanoi for an over night train to Hue 13 hours+ on a bumpy track. Will put photos on soon.

Hope everyone is ok, keep in touch xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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