This isn’t the culprit but possibly a distant relative
All long term travellers have stories to tell about misplacing or breaking belongings during their time on the road. The number one item that bites the dust is probably sunglasses due to a variety of mishaps that occur whilst lugging your life around in a backpack. We have gone through our fair share (9 pairs between us and counting!) and aren’t too concerned about something that can be replaced for a couple of dollars. However, we may just be setting a new standard in managing to destroy anything of a technical/electrical nature.
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Buddhist statues on Mount Phousi
We made the deliberate choice to stick fairly firmly to the tourist trail in Laos. We wanted an easy few weeks and made the decision to primarily stay in only 3 areas during nearly a whole month. Laos is a beautiful country and the destinations are endless. You can jungle trek in the north, marvel at the bizarre Plain of Jars, motorbike through the Bolaven Plateau or relax in the 4000 islands.
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The impressive karsts which overlook Vang Vieng
I read this post well over a year ago when we were researching about where to go in South East Asia. Upon reading about Vang Vieng my exact words were “that looks like my own personal hell, not a chance we’re going there”. I completely understand that everyone is into different things when travelling and there are tons of people who would love to spend their days completely wasted while floating down a river on a rubber tube and enjoying the odd coma inducing slingshot into the same river. Ok, that’s fairly harsh and a lot of people simply went to have a party filled few days with their mates in the lovely Laos countryside. It’s just not our thing and the sensible, old lady side of me thinks booze + backpacker + rock laden river + inner tube = a big mess. With much trepidation we ended up in the same town just a few weeks ago and my oh my how it has changed.
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Gorgeous sunset from our favourite riverside restaurant
For all my harping on about the perils of slow travel we accidentally ended up spending two whole weeks in the charming holy city of Luang Prabang in Laos. I’m still very much in favour of experiencing as much as possible without burning out but we were getting a wee bit fed up with spending so much time on buses, trains and tuk tuks so decided to eat our words and find out what all the fuss was about.
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