Ridin the roads of Laos
Arriving in Luang Namtha we quickly found the hostel we had been recommended which was great! It was a fully enclosed backpacker’s paradise. Well it was more than I had been used to for a while anyhow ;p
Quickly we made friends with some Spanish fellows who I went out on a biking trip around town with, 38km's of sightseeing!
First site we come to with a hella uphill ride we are met with an old lady charging to see it, so like the tight arse I am I back up whilst the others talk to her and take my pic! Here are a couple of pictures found along the way..
Soon I stopped at a shack to grab a picture I had some lychees I had been carrying around and this looked like a great setting to relax and have some refreshing fruit (I'd been craving Lychee's for a while now). The day is quite warm and even though we all look ridiculously good looking, we are sweating man stink from every orifice! Sooo when we came across a river with someone washing in it, it seemed like a good idea to go down for a dip... So In we get except for Jordi white. It was enjoyable up until the stage that we got out and asked ourselves what that smell was...hmm smells like poop...Oh, ok it's the river. Oh well, just have to move on. Next we go and get some food, not being able to find the place recommended we try a market and find nothing worthy of the word "meal". We spy some fruit stands and decide we will all just get lots of fruit...for some reason we all end up with a watermelon each (it was hot!). I have a lady cut me open a coconut, they really are great for hydrating (Thanks Brennan) . So we have all this fruit, then we notice a somewhat eating stand on the side of the market. One of the Spanish comes back from a reconnaissance mission and informs that there is rice! So we decide that that is more appetizing than the fruit, off we go. Now the place is not your 5 star establishments... But when you’re hungry and well you just have to give things a go sometimes and was I surprised... it was VERY good! It was very spicy, so we were glad we got the watermelon! Well onwards we continued, here are the pics
The next day it I met a Dutch couple...and well as soon as I knew they were Dutch they were my new best friends It seems that the guy's birthday was tomorrow and they were planning to go on a motorbike trip. So we all invited ourselves to their planned birthday trip of course! The next day we all gathered for a day trip on the roads of Laos. This is what the motley bunch looked like...
Never before had the roads of Laos encountered such a mean gang of killer bikers! The Travellers of Anarchy were here!
Soon in we stopped at a school where we proceeded to teach them skills that would lead them successfully through life! Arm farting!!
We got to a market and bought Lao Lao whiskey with what we had left from the bike pot, this stuff is horrid and potent! Soon we were at a Hmong village and the girls trying on some traditional clothing. They had a hard time with having bigger breasts than they were made for lol The school.. The ghost gate... we got yelled at a little for going to close...I'm sure it was for our own benefeit! The end was a waterfall (which I never saw, they wanted to charge us and we thought we'd send one up with a camera instead ;p)
Ok, so we head back and there is rain and we all are running out of fuel but luckily we reach a shack selling some in bottles, I did learn a neat trick on cruising downhill with the bike turned off then restarting again when you need to saving fuel.
Next we all head down as a group back to Luang Prabang (Love this place!) on the way to Vang Vieng. While in LP I think it is time I actually go and see some of the sites. Somehow I end up going to see the central temple/stupa? Big golden thing in the middle of town on a hill. Things always seem to be a bit different when you go at night (May know what I mean if read Japan), so at midnight I head off with another Dutch. We try to ninja our way up but there are dogs :/ and bark they do...I just hope that the monks don't come out and kick our arse! Anyhow we get to the top and its all silent and cool there are these flood lights lighting up the stupa which is gold and looks cool. All of a sudden I hear "Subadee!" ... taken aback I turn my attention upwards from where I heard the call (It means, Hello!) and I see a strange sight. There is a man climbing over the stupa with a bamboo fishing rod with a moth on the end! I'm not sure what he is doing and my Laos does not help to create a conversation on the subject but he is running about collecting moths and has this rod...fling it out every now and then. I can only assume he is fishing for bats?!??! Anyhow the point is... it's good to try sites and such at night because there truly is a different feel to them and you see things you would otherwise never know.
The next day it's time to go and see this waterfall everyone keeps going on about and have a swim. The swim was actually more the drawcard! I'm just going to fling out a heap of photos at this point. Actually before I do, there was one surprise. They had black bears there also, they seemed pretty relaxed in their hammocks Ok, now I’m gonna just give you the waterfall pics. The swim was great and waterfall surprisingly good also. Though the trek up to the top was not worth it at all :/ This is what I climbed and slipped and sweated for... hardly worth it :/ Then it's time to go home...