Oliver is…

He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man

…a bit late with this

I’m now so far behind with this thing I’ll probably never finish it, and even if I did it would be so vague and misremembered it probably wouldn’t be worth it anyway.

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…not sure that Hitler was Jesus reincarnated

I know, I know. Sometimes it seems like I say things that are the opposite of public opinion just to be controversial but hear me out. Read the rest of this entry »

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…more than done with Vientiane

As mentioned in my earlier post on the Lao capital, I spent too long in Vientiane. That’s not to say that I didn’t have fun, but more than a week there (for a tourist) is probably unnecessary. With my sweetheart 7700km away, other than sitting by my private pool, here are some of the fun things I did:

Awww
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…half done with Vientiane

Vientiane, the small capital of Laos, is a funny place. Most people I met prior to going said there’s no real point seeing it and, if I insisted, then one or two days would be enough. While I think they were all wrong, and would encourage people to spend more time there, the 13 days I ended up there were far too many.

vientiane_restaurant

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…not just tubing in Vang Vieng

 

While it is/was tubing that made Vang Vieng such a popular stopping off point, in my few days there I found out there was more to do in an area surrounded by mountains and with a big river running by.

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…tubing in Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is little more than a small mountain town roughly halfway between Luang Prabang and Vientiane but thanks to a river, a multitude of bars and some rubber tubes, backpackers have turned it into something that has made Laos famous but for all the wrong reasons.

I have no idea who these people are

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…done with Luang Prabang

Unlike most people I’d met in Thailand, I’d stuck solely to that country while others had stretched out and visited other parts of SE Asia, even if it was for less than an hour*, so I felt like it was time to set that straight.

mount_phousi

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…done with Kuang Si Falls

When you go to a new place there’s one piece of advice that normally holds true: don’t go where the tuk-tuk drivers insist on taking you.

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…done with the Mekong

You’ll remember the Mekong River from my days at the Golden Triangle and after another few days at Chiang Khong, a small town on the Thai side of the border, I made my way into Laos to experience more of the flat, brown flow of water.

luang_prabang_river_cruise

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…done with the Golden Triangle

If you thought Chiang Rai was boring wait ’til you hear about the Golden Triangle.

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