Vang Vieng, Laos

Tubing is officially THE most fun you can have (semi) legally on a river. Makeshift bars, face paint, ribbons, music, puppies, mud volley ball, zip wires, rapids. It’s like all of my favorite things combined. I just love the idea that there once was a peaceful river by a sleepy town, and some nutjob came along thinking ‘I know what is missing here, some perilous fun…..’ The stats aren’t good, they loose one person each year (or month, depending on who you believe), we did indeed see a few girls face-plant into rocks. Amatures. However if there is one thing to do before (slash, whilst) you die, it is tubing in Laos.

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Magical, mystical Luang Prabang. You would think it was Narnia the way everyone talks about it. There is only this place and San Francisco that it seems everyone hearts. Me included. A UNESCO heritage site, sat between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, it is a pretty little town that you can’t swing a (street) cat at for all the temples. 

Lowlights:  An evil cocoanut tried to attack me. It really did fall from a tree millimetres from my head. I would have been out cold. No one else was around but it really did make me laugh out loud in the street.  It split in two and I took a bite, so I believe I won.

Highlights: All the Veggie street food, bakery heaven, markets. Oooh and wine. Me and Dana (of Dan and Dana) nearly imploded with excitement at our first cold glass of white vino. Delish.

And yes VC you were right, Unique does have the most exciting thing I have seen in a bar….

Huay Xai & Pak Beng,Mekong Delta

Officially the most stunning border crossing ever.  You hop into a long-boat from the Thai side of the river, 30 seconds later you reach Huay Xai in Laos. An hour later, Visa sorted, I am on the two-day slow boat that takes you up the Mekong river into Northern Laos.  

It’s a Monday morning. To be precise it’s 9am. In real life I should be sat somewhere along the M62 in rush hour traffic. Today I am sat on beanbags sailing up a beautiful river, with a huge group of nice boat friends sipping Whisky and Beer Lao, listening to music, playing cards, learning Swedish. Yes it’s a bit early for 9am drinking, but we are on a boat, it’s allowed. This is how we spend a perfect two days, life could be worse.

For some innovative blogging, Dan and Dana captured the whole day’s antics in real(ish) time. I love this idea, and am eternally grateful to you guys for capturing the whole trip perfectly and for preserving such amazing memories in this vid….  

“ILaosYouToo” Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAoyKERKENo

Trip Minutes
http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/dananddana/1/1286302921/tpod.html

Chiang Khong, Thailand

Still deep in therapy from the overnight Greyhound buses around California earlier this year, I was not particularly looking forward to the 13h night bus from Bangkok to Northernest Northern Thailand. It doesn’t start well as I board at Morchit bus terminal to have a bus lady grab my ticket and some big drama unfolds. The problem (from what I can gather) doesn’t seem too bad, they all seem more amused and keep smiling at me.

‘Monk’ some smiling driver guy says. ‘Yes Monk’ I agree, thinking he is making small talk with me? Then the penny drops. My seat is next to a fully orananged robed Thai monk, prevented from looking at, speaking to, or coming into contact with women. For the record I am wearing quite a covered up sundress\leggings, although from the look on their faces you would have thought a Playboy bunny had just rocked up. Anyway, they boot the Monk out of our joint seat to the back of the bus where he is presumably safe from me, and I land the best seats in the house (top deck, right at the front, extra leg room, yes.) It gets better from there on in with pillows, sweets, banana muffins, chinese apricot juice, hot towels – it’s better than an Emirates flight, almost. I have one of the best night’s sleep I have had.

Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia

Paradise found.

Gili T; It’s like a beautiful chilled out anti-Kuta rehab. They have ponies & carts instead of cars, like off of the olden days.

My last 72 hours: beaches, bicycles, open air cinemas, beanbags, and some magic culinary dishes at sunset :) My new Aussie friend also converted me to snorkeling – in the actual deep bit and everything. We swam with huge turtles in the open ocean, amazing.

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An.an.tas.in : The Anantasin is the name of a shipwreck just of the coast of the Sensi Parasise, Mae Haad Bay, Koh Tao, Thailand. It’s one of my many favorite places.

Lit.tle: Just because it’s cute.

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