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Behind The Blog

Behind The Blog

As our three months in Asia nears a close, it seems it’s about time for another behind the scenes peek at life on the road. 49 blogs and 6 countries later, the second leg of our trip is about in the books, and it’s mindboggling to think we’ve been gone for over six months now! Let us now take a moment to celebrate our successes by sharing some of our [not so] finer moments:   Some of our lavish transportation…

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Fast Facts: Laos

Fast Facts: Laos

WHAT WE DID: Spent two weeks at guesthouses, primarily in Luang Prabang & Vientiane: Mekong River slow boat (2 days, overnight in Pak Beng) Luang Prabang (6 days) Transit – traveled by bus from Luang Prabang to Vientiane (1 day) Vientiane (5 days)   WHAT WE LIKED: The food was out of this world! I [Jenn] was completely blown away at how much I enjoyed my meals in Luang Prabang, considering what a finicky eater I am. Moreover, everyone had…

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Penny & Me

Penny & Me

The penny narrowly escaped the gaping jaws of a voracious dragon in Laos. Luckily, the beast was subdued by some leftover sticky rice.

Vientiane

Vientiane

It hardly seemed like Vientiane could live up to the standard set by Luang Prabang, but nonetheless we decided to press on to the capital city. Our bus was set to depart at 8:00am, but after some delays – including loading a motorcycle onboard – we finally got on our way. The ride itself was unexpectedly beautiful, with the road narrowly twisting through the mountains atop precipitous bluffs, providing dramatic views into the surrounding valleys. Unfortunately, signs of logging and…

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Kuang Si Waterfall

Kuang Si Waterfall

About 36 km southwest of Luang Prabang is a well-known waterfall called Kuang Si. We had read about the falls, and virtually everyone we met asked if we had gone or were going – usually raving about how nice it was. Thus, we rented a motorbike to drive out and see it for ourselves. The ride was pretty and peaceful, as the city rapidly disappeared and was replaced by pastoral farmlands and hillsides full of dense, green vegetation on either…

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Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Upon arrival at our guesthouse, just across the river from downtown, we were greeted by an exceptionally hospitable and friendly staff, bearing huge glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice. That’s as good a way as any to ensure our happiness, which only increased as we were shown to our beautiful, wood-paneled room with a balcony. Our (complimentary) breakfast offered a wide selection of eggs, pancakes, fruit and cereals, more fresh juices, tea and coffee, all prepared to order. Moreover, every…

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Rollin’ on the River

Rollin’ on the River

After researching our options for traveling to Luang Prabang, Laos, we finally settled on the slow boat. Spending two days floating down the Mekong River in a large, wooden ferry has long been a staple of the backpackers’ journey through southeast Asia, and it seemed like an appealing alternative to the questionable regional airlines, or 16 hours crammed in a bus. We hopped on a local bus from Chiang Rai to the Thai border (Chiang Khong) and met a nice…

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