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Lao: a country tolerating itself into oblivion

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‘What is WRONG with you??! Don’t you understand I’m a V.E.G.E.T.A.R.I.AN.?!’ the pretty blonde Swedish girl screams out at the top of her lungs. Skinny mamma, the owner of the local eatery, just looks at her bewildered then shrugs her…
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Lao and its dirty, evil, little secret

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We spend leisurely days in Luang Prabang, the reputed tourist hub of Lao and our official gateway to South East Asia. We’ve already been in the country for over a month and are only starting to feel well rested. China…
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VAN LAOS (KIPPEN) NAAR CAMBODIA (DOLLARS)

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BOLAVEN PLATEAU Het plateau heeft in deze tijd een niet te onderschatten plus: het scheelt graden met de lager gelegen gebieden. Verder heeft het gebied een aantal mooie watervallen, die zelfs in de droge tijd de moeite waard zijn. In…
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SABAIDEE

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Hallo in het Laotiaans, en als je het zegt, krijg je altijd een big smile terug en soms Bibi of Hello, maar veel Engels wordt er hier niet gesproken. Soms makkelijk, want we worden nooit aangehouden…de enige persoon die dat…
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03/08/2014 – 247 days/22472 miles

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Today had to be my most physically exhausting day so far. It involved good asphalt, crap asphalt, gravel covered asphalt, hard packed dirt, loose gravel, looser gravel, washboards, rocks, ruts, sketchy bridges, steep hills, sand, silt, river crossings, and falling.…
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OP WEG NAAR LAOS

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OP WEG NAAR LAOS OMGEVING CHIANG MAI Op een klein halfuur van Chiang Mai wonen Els en Kees, die na een goed jaar reizen dit plekje hebben gevonden. We arriveren bij een mooi huis met weids uitzicht over de rijstvelden,…
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02/23/2014 – 234 days/20922 miles

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Vang Vieng is an interesting place. The landscape is absolutely beautiful, and there are endless possibilities for what one could do while visiting.Unfortunately, however, pretty much all that the place has become is a huge party. Don’t get me…
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Living Well in Luang Prabang

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Luang Prabang is a place I loved, and yet am unsure if I ever want to return to. A UNESCO World Heritage Site of around 50,000 residents, the town sits at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.…
Just as the captain pushed the boat away from the shore a seventh body catapulted onto the deck. He was winded but clearly excited to have made it with not a second to spare. We didn’t know who he was but he surely wasn’t a local. He was like the Incredible Hulk with tan skin [...]

One Day, Four Thousand Islands

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Just as the captain pushed the boat away from the shore a seventh body catapulted onto the deck. He was winded but clearly excited to have made it with not a second to spare. We didn’t know who he was…
The arrival of rainy season in Laos fell on deaf ears. “It sure seems to be raining a lot lately,” Sheena would say. “That’s just orographic precipitation and the rain shadow effect, my dear Sheena,” I would confidently retort. My lady can be so silly. We woke up and started driving south, the rain continued [...]

A Landslide Brought it Down

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 The arrival of rainy season in Laos fell on deaf ears. “It sure seems to be raining a lot lately,” Sheena would say. “That’s just orographic precipitation and the rain shadow effect, my dear Sheena,” I would confidently retort.…
The silkworm is exhausted after five long days of work. It is happy and warm and lays there in the darkness, dreaming of the wings that are soon to blossom from its back. It will never be a monarch butterfly, but nevertheless, it will have new freedoms...

The Saga of the Magic Worm

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 The silkworm is exhausted after five long days of work. It is happy and warm and lays there in the darkness, dreaming of the wings that are soon to blossom from its back. It will never be a monarch…
In the distance the road split and the orange blob on the back of the motorcycle taxi veered left. I pointed ahead and motioned to Brad to follow. “If we keep that monk within sight we’ll find the temple.” The rural road out of Phonsavan quickly turned to red dirt. It was smooth and fast, but [...]

The Plain of Jars

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In the distance the road split and the orange blob on the back of the motorcycle taxi veered left. I pointed ahead and motioned to Brad to follow. “If we keep that monk within sight we’ll find the temple.”The…
The morning was warm and I awoke in a patina of sweat. I roused Sheena, swung my legs over the sleeping ledge and lowered myself into Nacho’s cabin. Already the sounds of the temple and the town filled the air. Monks chatted with one another, street touts advertised their wares, and tourists fended off obnoxious [...]

The Jailbreak

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The morning was warm and I awoke in a patina of sweat. I roused Sheena, swung my legs over the sleeping ledge and lowered myself into Nacho’s cabin. Already the sounds of the temple and the town filled the air.…
We spiraled our way up into the sky, slowly working our way over the jagged backbone of the Annamite Mountains. The curves in the road had put a twist in my stomach and I had to alternate between admiring the view and reading my Laos guidebook. Since B...

Nacho vs. the Mountain Bandits

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 We spiraled our way up into the sky, slowly working our way over the jagged backbone of the Annamite Mountains. The curves in the road had put a twist in my stomach and I had to alternate between admiring…

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