Day 35: Luang Prabang, Laos & Hanoi, Vietnam

17/12/2006

We got up pretty late this morning from a massive farewell night in Luang Prabang, which was an AWESOME night. We nursed our hangovers with some great breaky across the road from our guesthouse (I had the BEST noodle soup, I guess Laos saved the best for last). So we sat there for an hour or so having breaky and a good chat before we saw each other off. I think that this group of travel companions had been the best in my whol trip! Farken Sveden heh. I got the classic looks from people.

Hersh: “Good times”

The 'Hersh' look

Random Svede for dead, sick, tired, drunk:

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Jem, Manny and I made our way across to the airport for our flight to Hanoi, what a sight, every flight was delayed, ours was delayed for… FIVE FRIGGEN HOURS. Lucky we weren’t the only ones:

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We sat at the airport and killed time with a book, sleep and watching some random hindi movie on Jem’s ipod. The plane having ‘Technical difficulties’ worried the hell out of us, the Laos airline flight NOT HAVING JET ENGINES!!!

Day 34: Luang Prabang, Laos

16/12/2006

Went walkabouts again today and had a look at the stupa that overlooks the city. After a long and arduous climb to the top, the view was breathtaking! We saw an imprint of “buddha’s” foot at the top and chilled out for a while just absorbing the atmosphere.

Luang Prabang from above

Mathias and I decided to get a massage, which was CRAP – what a waste of $2 hehe, but yeah, it was crap because it was so soft.

We decided to chill out because we knew we were having a MASSIVE night since it was our last night in Luang Prabang, Laos and time with Mathias, Hersh and Mara =(. Anyways, we started the drinking earylish, heading straight to the drinking holes we had visited the night before – because we knew when the happy hours were on. That night we met up with Clare, who had travelled with Mathias during his China visit. We started with dinner at the markets again and decided to hit the Hive, getting straight onto the Bicardi & Cokes, some random coctails and some Lao Lao, it was a pretty massive night and i was pretty off chops. Walking back was pretty funny, my flip flops had broken and Mathias made me piggy back him after he had pigged backed me. After a night of drinking and the 12 oclock curfew had come around, we decided to bring the party back to our guesthouse, to the dismay of the other patrons hehe, oops.

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Day 33: Luang Prabang, Laos

15/12/2006

A day of complete NOTHINGNESS, where we sat around the guest house watching UFC, Movies and everything that can be watched on cable. We decided not to bludge THAT much and we walked along the Mekong, checking out the rest of the city which we hadn’t seen, the architecture was very french influenced.

Laos Architecture

One of the places we walked past was a Jewish hangout, where the Hersh realised that it was Harmica and he had to do something religious that night. We went and did that whilst we decided to have a movie night.

The ‘Cinemas’ we went to was pretty much hiring a room with a TV and DVD player, bean bag and surround sound. We watched Mystic River – and I fell asleep heh. We got back to the guesthouse and decided to have a big night, again hehe. We got trashed, AGAIN since there were no parties going on that night in LP.

Day 32: Luang Prabang, Laos

14/12/2006

We decided to have a more touristy day today, since we didn’t do much of the sight seeing since we left Thailand, I think it was because we had stopped caring and gotten into the real Laos lifestyle of just chilling out. We booked a day tour which was made up of two parts, the morning which was to see the Tham Pha Tok cave which housed many statues of buddha which were being abandoned.

My Lonlely Planet style photo

It was along the edge of the Mekong and we had taken a nice boat ride across. We then went to two villages, the Whisky Village and the Paper making village – it was really tourist driven and I highly doubt that they were genuine villages. Sure enough we saw them making whisky and paper, but it was crap to see because we knew this wasn’t a traditional village, it was a ‘traditional village’ with satellite TV!!

We got back and chowed down some quick noodle soup and made our way to see a spectacular waterfall. We took a half an hour bus ride and there was a boy who was throwing up out the window, we had only realised when Mathias said ‘Man, my arms getting wet from something’, when we realised it was the spew from the kid! hehe

The waterfall was awesome though, it was huge and we have pics to show! Another waterfall we saw halfway up to the main one was swimmable, and totally awesome. We jumped off trees and the top tier of one of the waterdalls into blue, glistening and fresh water! We had a great time swimming around for ages.

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We were pretty buggered that night and didn’t do much – we had an awesome dinner at the food markets though, there was a heap of food at dirt cheap prices. Hersh seemed to be able to consume everything – no matter what it looked like. We finished the night with a stroll through the markets

Day 31: Vang Vien to Luang Prabang, Laos

13/12/2006

We got up pretty early considering we had a pretty big night, since we had to get a mini bus from Vang Vien to Luang Prabang. We caught a bus from the restaurant which we had eaten at and they seemed to be good people. It was a 7 hour ride from Vang Vien to Luang Prabang but it was made quicker with my music and Mathias’ speakers. We were pretty tired and decided to sit down to have dinner on Mekon, just as the sun was setting – a very picturesque dinner!

Dinner on the Mekong