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Vang Vieng

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A bizarre little town with a disused American airfield right in the centre. The surrounding countryside is something else though, with huge caves, lagoons and riverside villages. A trip to Tham Phu Kham Cave was impressive despite an extremely dodgy climb to the entrance – take a head torch – and the lagoon at the bottom offers a well deserved swim. The journey there by Tuk-Tuk crossed some questionable wooden bridges, too. Kayaking the Nam Song River was also something we wanted to do, although navigating rapids, huge rocks and trees was a lot harder than imagined – health a safety definitely isn’t an issue in Laos. Four more days left in Laos before we touch down in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Luang Prabang

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A French city dropped right in the centre of central Laos with an abundance of bakeries, coffee shops (with the first decent coffee of the trip) and antique shops. A good city to wander around despite the tough three-hundred step climb to Phou Si – views were worth it. It also happened to be a national holiday, where locals crowded onto the street setting off lanterns into the sky and wooden boats into the Mekong. A forty-five minute ride to Kuang Si Falls is a must (in probably the worlds slowest Tuk-Tuk) for a well deserved swim and to see rescued bears. A good city with even better baguettes!

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The Mekong River

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Crossing from Thailand into Laos meant a two-day long voyage down the Mekong, but only after the hassle of sorting a visa at the border behind a very long line of Chinese. Arriving late at the boat meant sitting in the engine room alongside thousands of crates of eggs and various bits of old engine. Six-hours later, and after quite a few warm Beer Lao’s, we arrived at our first overnight stop – Pakbeng. In search for better seats (or at least not sitting with eggs) we arrived early the second morning – it paid off. Seven-hours later we arrived just outside of Luang Prabang (as expected) and told we would have to pay for a Tuk-Tuk to the centre. After a fairly loud confrontation between a big Aussie and a little Laotian we still weren’t moving anywhere. Tuk-Tuk it was, then.

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Elephant Trekking

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Looks like lots of fun

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Probably the most surreal experience I’ve ever had. Two and a half hours outside of Chiang Mai (about twenty kilometres completely off-road) we arrived at a hut surrounded by four elephants and ten members of the Karen Tribe – a tribe who have migrated from Burma into northern Thailand. After being taught how to manoeuvre an elephant, climb up its trunk (literally) and bathe it in the river we set off on a two hour long trek. Two hours later – and with a very sore arse – we had swam with a baby elephant and and climbed some very dodgy paths.

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