Huay Xai to Luang Prabang
We crossed into Laos. We didn't really know what to expect. We got a nice hotel room with a TV and fan. For lunch we had big noodles and pork. Then we checked out the slowboat.
We got up really early because we needed to get a seat on the slowboat. We bought supplies for the boat in the border town. The boat had padded seats, curtains and two toilets.
We stopped at Pak Beng over night. We found a really nice hotel but with only 2 beds. We had delicious Indian food for dinner.
We caught the slowboat, but this time it had tables and nicer seating. We stopped at lots of villages on the way. I was bored most of the time on the boat.
Our first night in Luang Prabang we slept in our worst hotel yet. One of the many reasons it was so bad was because the bathroom stunk and the toilet seat looked like it had come out of World War II.
We changed hotel in the morning. We explored Luang Prabang, found a book exchange and went inside some wats. We had tasty sugar and lemon crepes for breakfast. I think Luang Prabang is beautiful and very tranquil. We went to the night market. I had fatty pork ribs, but had lovely dumplings.
We had delicious crepes and smoothies, changed my book and looked at wats. I thought the wats were colourful, pretty and had lots of gold buddas. We had tasty Indian for dinner.
We did a Laos cooking class. We went to the market and our guide showed us the market. There were some weird things like frogs and sweet wood. At the market we bought ingredients for the cooking course. We cooked a salad with mayonnaise which I didn't like, and we cooked chicken and vegetables in a tasty sauce. We then had a tea break and ate our food. In the afternoon, there were 5 dishes and you had to cook 3. We chose 1, 3 and 5. We chopped all the ingredients up first, then cooked them one by one in a wok. We made horrible chicken and banana flower, tasty pork and eggplant, and spicy chicken in beanspouts and sauce. I thought the cooking course was better than I expected.
We climbed up a mountain which was supposed to have budda's footprint, but it wasn't really budda's footprint because it was as big as an elephant. When we were up the top of the mountain there were beautiful views.
We caught a minivan to Nong Khiaw. The minivan was nice because it had leather seats, lots of leg room, stereo and stopped to go to the loo. We found a really nice hotel for 100,000 Kip a night. We had delicious Indian for lunch. We were so full up that we had fruit for tea.
I had a pineapple pancake with chocolate and vanilla for breakfast. We climbed up a really steep mountain for an hour. It was worth the climb though, because there were beautiful views from the top. I was shocked that the Lao people left 20 beer cans at the top of the mountain. We had chicken korma and rice for tea.
We caught a Land Rover up to the zip-lining. I thought it was an experience in itself. We then trekked up to the first zip line. We got taught how to brake. We then did a really long zip line where my feet even touched some plants. We did a few more zip lines and stopped at a mini camp to have bananas. The camp was where the future overnight stay would be. We then got on a zip line that took us to a rope ladder which we had to climb down which was exhausting. Once we did that, we got on another zip line to a tree house where we had tasty pork with sticky rice. Then we did a rope bridge. Next we abseiled down to a platform that was the scariest thing yet. We crossed some swinging ropes to the longest 400m zip line. We then did a running zip line and an abseil down. We walked back across beautiful rice fields and a fast flowing river. I thought the experience was amazing and I will treasure it.
Dad and I got our hair cut by a 15 year old boy in a bamboo shack. We climbed up a steep and not as touristy mountain where we got bitten to pieces by mosquitos. Dad got bitten by a sneaky spider and a speedy ghecko. We had drinks and samosas. I had samosas again. I was sick 6 times in the night.
We were looking forward to leaving, but I was so ill we couldn't. I was delirious and was so weak that I could barely walk across the road to the restaurant. We think it might be heat stroke.
I barely made it to the bus station in the morning. The mini bus was rubbish because a local lady pushed into our row and I had no seat back. We finally made it back to Luang Prabang and I felt weak and tired, and only had a smoothie and chicken.
Luang Prabang (again)
We spent most of the day inside because I still had a stomach ache. I walked out to the book exchange but that was as far as I could go. I had a smoothie for lunch and a little bit of chicken for tea.
I met a boy called Leo from Swindon. We played Clash Royale and watched YouTube. We went to a restaurant where a horrible lady shouted at one of the customers. We went to the market and bought 12 Star Wars figures for about 4 pounds. We watched Harry Potter on the TV in our room.
We caught a minivan to Vang Vieng. After an hour we were further away than we started, but then our driver was on a mission to get there as quickly as possible. We found a really nice hotel across the toll bridge. We had tasty yellow curry for lunch and delicious spring rolls for tea.
We had tasty museli and fruit for breakfast. I wrote 3 TripAdvisor reviews. We only went out walking for 30 minutes because it was so hot. We had bland chicken noodles with chicken for dinner. When we were eating dinner it was so smoky that it wasn't enjoyable.
We had to get up very early to catch a local Lao minivan from Vang Vieng to Vientiane. We had delicious battered fish and chicken satay for lunch, exchanged our books and had a look round Vientiane, and tasty fish and chips for dinner.
I had a delicious banana pancake for breakfast. We went to a UXO museum and learnt all about the American bombing over Laos:
- most bombed country in the history of the world
- bombs were dropped every 8 minutes for 7 years
- 10 to 30% did not explode
- 85 million bombs did not explode
- it will take a century to clear all of the bombs
We went to the only shopping mall in Laos and played Sandstorm Pirates in an arcade. I exchanged my Harry Potter book for another one. We went to the night market and bought a bottle opener made from metal from UXO.