Myles Harrington

Posts Tagged ‘Luang Prabang’

Back In The Tubing

In Laos on December 5, 2010 at 9:42 am

Vang Vieng was the final stop off on Shubes’ journey and I wasn’t too disappointed to be returning to one of the legendary destinations of the South East Asia backpacker circuit. We got to it straight away, renting out the tubes and booze cruising our way down the Nam Song on our first day. Then we got a bit lazy for four days pretty much just eating, sleeping and watching TV. The Lao baguettes were a firm favourite for our diet and I can’t resist ordering the cheap noodle soup at least once a day.

On our last day we decided to do something slightly cultural and went to a cave with a beautiful blue lagoon at the bottom, stupidly we didn’t think about taking our swimming stuff so all we could do was look at it, but at least the walk there was nice.

Take it to the bridge

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Living Life Laos Style

In Laos on September 3, 2010 at 10:36 am

For once I think I actually love the French. After suffering for months with the over sweet bread of Asia it was such a nice treat to get to Laos and their beautiful baguettes. The legacy that the French left behind when they left 60 years ago. A love for good bread and Laughing Cow cheese.

A traditional Lao sandwich stall and a tiny barbers shop

We skipped the capital Vientiane as I’d heard it’s nothing special. There were some nice old buildings as we drove through but the real pretty (and party) places are further north.

Vang Vieng was the first stop off, as it is for most young Westerners. In fact there were probably more farang in town than locals. It’s the ultimate backpacker lay about paradise; cheap baguettes, traditional European home cooked meals and loads of restaurants playing Friends. The canned laughter follows you down the street as it blares out of the widescreens. The one where they go to Barbados will forever remind me of Laos. I don’t know the Lao initially ever thought everyone just wants to watch Friends all of the time. It’s bizarre. Play films and I’ll go to your bar instead!

Yay! just what I wanted in the middle of Laos. Friends series 3!

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