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outside of luang prabang

After spending some time in less touristed lands, Luang Prabang seems infested. We hire bikes and ride randomly out of town.

Farmland, Luang Prabang, Laos


I find a cow. Several cows in fact. This one was my favourite.

Cow, Luang Prabang, Laos


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stalking the monks is easy because of their highly visible orange robes

Monks crossing foot bridge at dawn, Luang Prabang, Laos


Wat with monk, Luang Prabang, Laos


Bridge over the river something, Luang Prabang, Laos


The main street in smoky early morning light, Luang Prabang, Laos


Tuk-tuk at a Wat, Luang Prabang, Laos


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luang prabang – the wonder years

The overnight bus was an experience. We’re still too used to being in Australia, and are alarmed when they haul a moped onto the roof of the bus by hand, and tie it on (along with the rest of our luggage). I gain an appreciation of Thai and Laos karaoke, and am enthralled by Thai kung fu movies with tuk-tuk chases. The 5am arrival in Luang Prabang lets us watch the sunrise … if we could be bothered… Most of the first day is spent asleep, and then watching locals play bocce by the side of the road. This is followed up by a careful surveillance of the night market

Night Market, Luang Prabang, Laos


Bikes are hired the next day, and we ride around town on our sweet Chinese style single-speeds. I am shocked and apalled when I realise our 1000kip/10min internet (US$0.10/10min) is faster than my internet connection at home.

Cycling around, Luang Prabang, Laos


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crossing into laos – vientiane

As we cross the Friendship Bridge, we switch from the left side of the road to the right (damned French), and the well-paved highway turns into potholed ragged asphalt, which turns into dirt road, which turns into a new road… and we’re in Vientiane. Fed up with the place quite quickly, we jump on the bus to Luang Prabang that night.

Mekong River at dawn