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Muang Piang, Laos


After spending two days in Chiang Khong we crossed the Thai/ Laos border for a 2 day slow boat trip up the Mekong to Luang Prabang. Luckily the scenery and sunsets were absolutely amazing because after 14 hours sat on a plank of wood our arses had seen happier days!

First night out in Luang Prabang was group 'slow boat' bonding exploring the city when in the distance we saw.....could those be bright lights? Could that be music? Could that be a sex-tourist-free zone? YES! It was Hive Bar, and we were sure to get involved in some vodka redbull as soon as possible. After hearing a number of reports that all bars in Laos closed at 11pm we were delighted to discover an after-hours backstreet drinking den run by the world's campest Chinese man and a shockingly agressive ladyboy (apparently the hormones aren't working) So in convoy we headed to 'Hong's Cafe' where in no time at all the police came and kicked everyone out due to excessive noise from rowdy drinkers and illegal levels of sweating.
Morning time came and it took four university graduates an alarmingly long time to realise that we had been robbed. After some confusion it was established that Erin and Tay's room had been visited by the ninja from Ocean's Eleven who had crept into their room in the early hours of the morning and stolen some money, their phones and Erin's camera. A trip to the Tourist police caused some friction as we had 'rudely' interrupted their game of bowls. After listening to heated discussions between police and the hostel owners that noone would translate for us, we came away with a 'police report' and let them get back to their busy day's work.

The following day we managed to find waterfalls of timotei advert-style proportions. A happy day was spent frolicking in crystal clear waters only disturbed by Murph's sudden attack of vertigo. Upon shimmying up a tree trunk she found herself trapped, her only way of escape was to jump into the waters below. After a grand audience had gathered she finally plopped into the water like a pencil.
The next day was complete cheese on toast as we became the Von Trapp family and cycled around the city.

If you're wondering why it looks as though we have just had a bucket of water tipped over our heads, that is because we had.....by every child in Luang Prabang. Apparently New Year celebrations in Loas involve children lining the streets and drenching every passer-by with buckets of water. Funny for the first couple of days until we realised the major drawback would be a nappyrash epidemic....so now we break into a sprint whenever we see one of the little buggers.



permalink written by  Murph, Tay, Colly and Erin on April 12, 2006 from Muang Piang, Laos
from the travel blog: The Smug Adventures of Murph, Tay, Colly & Erin
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lIKE THE COMMENTARY, GLAD THE'INCIDENT OF THE THIEF IN THE NIGHT' HASN'T DAMPENED THE SPIRITS - WHAT HAPPENED TO THE VERY CLEVER DOOR LOCK BOUGHT FOR THE PURPOSE OF KEEPING SUCH UNDESIREABLES OUT OF BEDROOMS AT NIGHT? Hi to all, Mumsy Gillham



permalink written by  Debe Gillham on April 12, 2006


A Murphy with vertigo?? Oh Helly! Anyway glad you flew to safety. Watch out for Ninjas in future; isn't Jackie Chan around to show you some useful tricks?
Lots of love and Happy Easter to you all.
Stay safe.
Aunty Poosan.xxx


permalink written by  sue tibbits on April 13, 2006


just read the epistles of the obviously debauched lot of undesirables,seems that the low life is much in evidence. Hope the rest of the advanturses are as exciting. behave yourselves be listening out, see you, g'dad

permalink written by  j h cornish on April 16, 2006


MY god G'dad and granny grumps have made a comment, u truely are the favoured one! email soon ezza, remember only 4 days until my birthday! love hannah xxx

permalink written by  Hannah Gillham on April 16, 2006

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