25.04.2008 - 04.05.2008 30 °C
It's been awhile since our last update. We arrived at the Thai-Laos border on April 25th and crossed the Mekong to Huay Xai, where we met the Gibbon Experience (see an entry dedicated to this adventure to come shortly to a computer near you!), after this heroing adventure we headed up to a lovely northern town called Luang Namtha. This country is flipping gorgeous - green and mountainous!! It makes trekking and biking more tricky though - especially since Ted and I are out of shape! We hung out there for a day and enjoyed cheap beer and great biking. We spent the next day on a long and arduous bus ride (we were really only ever travellling 20-30 km/h due to car sized potholes). The ride took 9 hours (partly because of a flat tire). However, at the end of the ride we were still an hour from our destination, Non Khiaw. So we hopped on a Sawngthaw (a pick up with seats in the back) for the last leg of the journey. We ended up in the little town late and tired. Ted and I were sick of travelling and really just wanted to get to Luang Prabang!! Although this little town is beautiful we decided to head south instead of stay - all of the Guest Houses have a lot of big bugs too!
We jumped on a long boat for the 6 hour beautiful journey down the Nam Ou river! It was a photographer's delight. Little villages, fisherman and gold prospectors lined parts of the trip! We enjoyed the sprays of water and the great views. This country is very sparsely populated and so it really feels quiet and peaceful, just what we've been looking for!
We arrived last night in Luang Prabang. It is beautiful old town that is filled with temples and it lines the Mekong and another little river. We did a big search to find the "right" guest house - this town is a little over-run with travellers! We plan to hang out as most people do when they get here!!! We may stay for awhile and do some short trips - we'll keep you updated! Today we started some shopping but the most exciting thing we have found is some new flip flops for me - I made a big hole in the bottom of mine!