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Month: November 2015

The path least traveled-Northern laos ?>

The path least traveled-Northern laos

So we decided to travel to North Laos and cross the Vietnam border up there (after great tales from the German couple we met in Luang Prabang). We took a mini van from the bus station just outside Luang Prabang, it was meant to leave at 1, but in typical Laos style it left at 2 after the driver had a kip (very Irish of him!). Well we were the only tourists on the bus and to say it was…

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Luang Prabang ?>

Luang Prabang

So we arrived in Luang Prabang early in the morning, wrecked as anything. The bus station is a while outta town so we all climbed onto a songtheuw, cost us 20,000 each but it was either that or walk as there was no bartering to be done! We met a guy from Aregentina who gave us wanderlust to travel in South America and Nepal ? The first thing we noticed when we got to the center was the amount of…

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Journey to Laos via bus and Chiang-Rai—why not the slow boat? ?>

Journey to Laos via bus and Chiang-Rai—why not the slow boat?

We didn’t immediately love Chaing-rai, probably because we had just came from magical Pai. It’s the grottier version of Chiang-mai, just didn’t have the same feel to it. We didn’t have much time there so perhaps we aren’t it a fair chance. The white temple is definitely a must see, even if you just detour up here to just see it ? It’s pure white and glittering which is in sharp contrast to the somewhat scary looking bird creatures from…

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Journey to Pai and Pai ?>

Journey to Pai and Pai

We left lovely Chiang-mai and caught the minibus to Pai, costs 150 baht (a local,cheaper bus also runs once a day but takes longer). So they call it the long and winding road to Pai,boasting 762 turns and you feel everyone of them! We stopped for a break half way and some people were throwing up, Phil was made of harder stuff and got tasty fish on a stick and we both fueled up on coffee ?. We stayed in…

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Chiang Mai Tiger Kingdom ?>

Chiang Mai Tiger Kingdom

A big warm S̄wạs̄dī (hello) to the pretty city of Chiang Mai. This place is like a breath of fresh air (literally) after Bangkok. Take note that there’s no public buses here but there are sŏrng·tăa·ou (pronounced sing tow), these are fancy pick up trucks with benches in the back and they take you round the city for about 20 baht. However, they go in a random direction, picking up other passengers as they go! Do take a red one…

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Sleeper train to Chiang Mai-hostel on tracks ?>

Sleeper train to Chiang Mai-hostel on tracks

So we took the sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, it is advised to book this well in advance as the tickets sell out really fast (especially for the train leaving in the evening). We got the train at half two and it cost 1200 baht for the two of us for a second class ticket. Well it was an experience I can tell you! The windows are open so you get a lovely cool breeze and see some…

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Boating Bangkok ?>

Boating Bangkok

We took the boat to china town, please note that there are two boats, a tourist boat which does the same thing but costs more and the public boat! The tourist boat is 40 baht one way and the public boat is 14 baht one way. This was a lovely way to travel, cooling with how fast the boat goes and a great way to see the city ?? China town is basically like one humongous flea market where you…

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First impressions of Bangkok/survival guide ?>

First impressions of Bangkok/survival guide

As we entered this buzzing and somewhat suffocating city (now understanding why even the dogs wear masks!) we became aware of several things worth noting. Every tuk tuk and taxi driver is overly eager to become your new best friend, it is a much better option to take the local buses. This is true of everywhere in the world! We have seen no tourists on the buses but for 20 cent you can travel round the city with air con…

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Dublin to Bangkok ?>

Dublin to Bangkok

So we are sitting here in a Thai cafe, enjoying iced coffee and Chang beer (recommended by Phil), jet lagged as feck but happy to be here. Going for a snooze soon and will wake up later with no idea of what’s going on lol! So what did it take to get here! We took a bus at 2.30 am from Gorey to Dublin Airport, then took a flight to Amsterdam, then onward to Bangkok. Luckily we were given all…

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