Category: Laos

Bamboo School Building in Hatsa

Unbeknownst to us at the time we approached a sandy bank on the brown Nam Ou river and stuttered to a halt. This was it our village home for 3 weeks. We grabbed our bags and the tools climbed the sand bank and climbed the stairs made of rocks, tree trunks, leaf matter and rubbish.  As …

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Laos Villages by Boat

We met with Jan, iced coffee in hand. Laura had gone to the loo and claimed that she needed to find her boyfriend for some cash when both groups intersected each other with broad grins, knowing we were looking at our new traveling companions. We picked up yet more coffees as luckily for us Jan …

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A World Apart in Vientiene

We drank a few parting iced coffees with our new friends, discussing future adventures together for 40 minutes before picking up 60,000 kip tickets to the capital city.  I hurriedly picked up 2 banana leaf parcels, half a chicken that was bound together by bamboo strips and piled up on a grim counter.  A fan …

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Thang Beng to Vinh

Oh what it is like crossing from Laos to Vietnam using Route 8 from Thang Beng  to Vinh (Route 8 turn-off on north south route 13 in Laos). I picked up a songthaew at the turn off from route 8 and paid 35,000kip for the 102km ride to Lak Sao. Nice scenery and so I spent …

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Making the most of Thakhek

It was chucking it down when we arrived at 11:30pm. Only very seedy motels lined the road leading up to the bus station so we realised that we would have to catc a tuk tuk into the centre to look for a bed. Whilst Al left me on the bus concourse with all our bags, …

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Attempting to travel north: Salavan

After a much shorter journey than anticipated our bus pulled into a bus station 2km away from the centre of town. We began to walk down the side of the road, not wanting to fork out for a tuk tuk. Within 10mins of walking a man and truck pulled over and offered us a lift. …

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Tadlo Waterfalls and a Festival

We rattled along the newly paved road under black threatening cloud, closed in by mountains on all sides, dense and tropical. A few more people were crammed in and held on the back fror the hour it took to reach Pakse. We clambered out amongst a throng of market activity. A wealth of goods were …

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Cycling in Champasak

So, $17 for a combined minivan and bus ticket to Champasak seemed like an expensive price to us.  We were due to be entering Laos, which was supposed to be the cheapest country in South East Asia.  Bus travel in Cambodia though is not actually very cheap and it turns out this is the same …

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