A Chicken Runs Through It

Apr 13, 2011 No Comments

There are three different ways to cross over-land into Thailand from Luang Prabang in Laos: Option 1: The bus. Time=16 hours Option 2: The slow boat. Time=2 days Option 3: The fast boat. Time=7 hours I opted for the fast boat, the exact opposite of what EVERY guide book tells you to do. Evidently it’s […]

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Dehydrated?

Apr 07, 2011 1 Comment

Spencer and I went out for breakfast one day in Luang Prabang and it all started out perfectly normal. Soon though this is what was in front of me: They are from left: pineapple shake, fruit cordial, pepsi, and Laos tea. Now I ordered the pineapple shake and the pepsi. The pineapple shake because I’m […]

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Booze and Breakin Curfew

Apr 07, 2011 1 Comment

While I constantly hear of people bumping into friends along their travel route, it’s yet to happen to me. I believe it’s because most people are traveling south, starting in Thailand and working their way to Australia. I however am goign backwards, so while I meet a tons of great people on the road our […]

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WARNING! Toilet Post

Apr 07, 2011 5 Comments

Seriously this is going to be a post about toilets and all their glory in asia. If you don’t want to read about that, now would be a good time to click on another post. Like straws! Straws are happy and not about toilets. Fair warning, read forward at your peril. So after discussions have […]

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The Night Markets

Apr 03, 2011 No Comments

My new favorite thing to do on my first night in a new town is to hit the night market. I’ll use Luang Prabang Market as an example: Reason #1: Food Stalls Night markets are always set up with local food stalls lining the roads. Here you’re able to find good cheap eats to satisfy […]

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Hell is a Minibus in Laos

Apr 03, 2011 2 Comments

Sometimes the fastest option is not the best. Case in point: my trip from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Let’s set the scene shall we? Picture a 1970’s minibus. Add in 12 tourists + 12 backpacks strapped to the top. Factor in mountain roads, most of which are gravel. And finally a driver hell-bent on […]

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Happy Hour Takes on New Meaning in Laos

Apr 03, 2011 2 Comments

My last night in Vang Vieng was spent celebrating! My two new Brit friends, Victoria and Nita, had just passed their exams to become solicitors. They received the news of their final grades that night and we set out to celebrate their victory! And the fact that they would be able to start the jobs […]

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To Tube or Not to Tube?

Apr 03, 2011 2 Comments

The ultimate question posed in Vang Vieng to which the only answer can be: hells yeah! Tubing is this town’s claim to fame and they have embraced it with undying enthusiasm. Minutes after my arrival at my hostel a group a guys invited me along for some tubing fun. When I mentioned that they didn’t […]

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Thoughts on Vientiane

Apr 03, 2011 No Comments

A few random thoughts from my first days in Laos: French Influence Laos was originally a French colony and the roots of that occupation can still be felt profoundly throughout Vientiane. Breakfast has been absolutely fabulous comprised of French bread, croissants, crepes and banana loaf bread. Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve […]

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