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Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Morning Alms, in Luang Prabang

Well, technically this first one below isn’t in Laos, but it’s damn near close enough. This is Bec with Sayan, the greatest, friendliest guesthouse/restaurant owner you could ever hope to meet, who runs the Easy Restaurant/Guesthouse in Chiang Khong, in the northeast of Thailand where most people cross the Mekong from Thailand into Laos. This was taken at immigration, after Sayan had given us a lift down there. Best. Guy. Ever.

After we left Sayan we had the Gibbon Experience, which you’ve seen. Following that it was on to Nong Khiaw, from where we took the wettest boat ride down to Luang Prabang. No photos of the boat ride, but here’s a couple of shots that show the beauty of Nong Khiaw.
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Luang Prabang, the town of a thousand monks. Here’s some shots from the morning alms giving, where each morning the monks walk through the town and accept offerings of food from the locals. It is quite a moving thing to see, and whilst I tried to respectfully keep my distance when taking photos, there were always folks getting way too close to the ceremony with their huge cameras.
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Taking a boat ride (the best way to get around in Laos) from Luang Prabang out to a small waterfall nearby.

After Luang Prabang, it was back up north to the village of Muang Ngoi, a single-road village on the Nam Ou river reachable only by boat. It was from here that we walked a few hours through rice patties to the tiny village of Ban Na, and passed on the way a cave from whence a stream popped up out of the rock. Along with the rice patties, we also had to walk along a muddy, leech infested track through the jungle/forest. First off, Muang Ngoi….
The view from our riverside bungalow… and then looking back to our bungalow from the boat as we left
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A kataw match (like volleyball, but played using the rules of soccer, ie – no hands, only feet and heads) in the main street…
Kataw match

The main street…
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Gran Mama….. The place we stayed at was run by Mama, who looked after us like her own kids (hence the title). This is Mama’s mama – Gran Mama….

And some shots from the walk to Ban Na…
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Aren’t photos sooooo much cooler than words. Words are like myspace – old and crap. Photos are like facebook – all new and shiny. Ooh yeah.

Luang Prabang: Like an Old Friend

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Ahhhh, Luang Prabang. Once Bec’s clothes had dried enough so that she could go outside wearing more than just a bath towel, we wandered the streets as darkness fell and reacquainted ourselves with this beautiful old town. It’s a place that moves slowly, that doesn’t get angry, or flustered, or impatient. It is still a place where young monks can be seen walking the streets in their bright orange robes, with umbrellas held over their heads to shield out the sun. Still a place where the sellers at the fabulous night market greet you with a firendly smile, rather than a depserate plea for you to buy something. Still a place where you can sit at an open-air restaurant on the banks of the Mekong and sup on dollar beers and eat delicious fish.

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Nam Ou river: Water World

Sunday, August 19th, 2007
We strolled down to the boat pier in Nong Khiaw pretty early in the morning, hoping to see if a boat was heading south down the Nam Ou to Luang Prabang. "Hmmm, come back at 10.30," said the guy in charge ... [Continue reading this entry]

Nong Khiaw: Chocolate Water

Saturday, August 18th, 2007
From Huay Xai, we had originally wanted to travel by boat north to Luang Nam Tha. There was nothing we wanted to see in Luang Nam Tha, we were going there simply for the boat ride, which was said to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Laos, First Go

Saturday, January 21st, 2006
And now, onto the country with everyone's favourite folk tale, Laos! Woo Hoo! Hmmm, left or right. Our choice of slow boats for our two day trip from Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang; the empty one on the right or ... [Continue reading this entry]

Vang Vieng: The Hills, They Are Alive

Saturday, January 21st, 2006
After 5 great days in Luang Prabang, it was time for Bec and I to move on. 5 or 6 hours south, on the way to the country's capital, Vientiane, lay the town of Vang Vieng. Seen in the backpacking ... [Continue reading this entry]

Luang Prabang: 9496 Days

Friday, January 20th, 2006
January 12. Normally, if I spoke to my Mum on this date, the majority of her sentences would begin, "X years ago today...." or in this case, "26 years ago today...." Laos. Luang Prabang. This is where I would spend my ... [Continue reading this entry]

Luang Prabang: Are You Marry?

Friday, January 20th, 2006
The thing about Laos is, you never have to rush. And although I'd heard this before from other travellers, it remains a difficult thing to rid yourself of Western habits overnight. That's how we ended up rushing to catch our ... [Continue reading this entry]