28-31 October 06 Luang Prabang
so after our eight hour mini bus ride from Pai, which should have only took six hours, we ended up in a grotty little place called Chiang kong. Our bus driver dropped us off at a guest house two hours late, for the owner's to try and mug us, blaintainly overcharging us for our visa's over the border to Huay Xai. We were wondering why the little s**t kept stopping every forty miniutes for a rest. So we left at six in the morning with no sleep from the long journey and sorted our own visa's with no problems and much cheaper.
When we got over the border to Huay Xai it was not much better, the best guesthouse we could find was a grotty little place but it was only for one night, so we thought just get on with it. At this point we wanted to go back to Pai. We survived the night and woke up the next morning ready for our two day boat journey down the Mekong river. The lonely planet book advises that for people with a delicate behind (like me), to invest in a cushion for the boat trip as it can get uncomfortable. When we got to the boat we could see why, this boat was not meant for carrying people it was meant for carrying catrgo, and we were stuck on it for two days, Great. Although the scenery did make up for it. (see pics).
After our two day boat trip we ended up in a Luang Prabang which was the old capital of Laos, when the French had it that was. (God don't I sound so inteligent). This was a lovely little place, our perceptions of Laos were now improving. The town was only little, very picturess, with lovely Loas food and plenty of french influenced bakeries for when I got my chocolate cake craving, it was lovely. On the second day in Luang Prabang we decided to rent a couple of bikes as it was the done way of travelling, I was in my element with my new red bike, don't be getting jealouse of my new wheels now Dad, (see pics). Later on that day we wen't across the river to go and see a few caves. We were met by two little kids who must have been about eight and six. These little sprogs were our tour guides through the cave, they were both really funny, the cave was pitch black and you could not see a thing, we nearly wen't on our backs a few times. (see pics)
Thats all for now in Laos update soon Danielle & James *********