After 32 days all over Thailand, I am now in Laos. I’m travelling with three Israeli guys for about a week until they head toward VietNam and I go toward Cambodia. I am in the old Frence city of Luang Probang now, having finished a 2day/1night slow boat ride on the Mekong River. The green hills and fields contrast sharply with the brown water. Lots of tiny little villages accessible only by boat dot the edge. 80 westerners on a boat for 60 add to the atmosphere. But beautiful and cheap is still a good combo anywhere.