From my last post, you would have known that my journey through Laos had not been all I hoped it might be, but that all changed when we jumped on a slow boat from Luang Prabang to The border town in the north, Houay Xai. We decided on slow rather than fastboat because they still take about 6-7 hours (though 1 day) and look incredibly uncomfortable at the speed they go.
Following our good start in VV, Laos, we had a few ups and downs. The ups began the following day with a trip to the "Blue Lagoon" and its associated cave. We jumped on the motorbike we had rented for a few days and begun the journey out of town, deciding that if we hit the lagoon, cool, if not, no worries.
SAME SAME, BUT DIFFERENT
[caption id="attachment_243" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Friendship Bridge to Laos[/caption]
Vientiane, Laos, in a lot of ways reminded me of Cambodia, in particular the dusty town of Koh Kong, but not as nice. Being a border crossing town there were a lot of farang, but these ones seem to have decided to set up shop, it is an odd site to see westerners in suits walking around dusty streets and crumbling facades, purchasing hamburgers, pizza and ladyboys (I done seen it with my own eyes).