A long time coming

After travelling through Laos and Cambodia, it’s finally time to put up some photos from the last month.

Our rush from Vietnam and into Laos brought us into a town called Savannakhet. It was really quiet and had a deserted mid western feel to it, the highlight of this town being the Dinosaur museum, about an hour of walking and you had seen everything you needed.

The next day we were in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. It was nice to enjoy two days here wandering the streets, eating food and watching the sunset on the (now quite dried up) Mekong river.

Having coffee one morning we read a flyer for an Eco retreat in one of the villages, deciding to go that afternoon. We arrived to a hidden gem, of wooden bungalows scattered throughout forest land, all connected with narrow sandy paths. It had no electricity and at night we used candles, and had dinner in a main area that you could sit and look at the stars.
The silence was beautiful and I wish we could have stayed longer.

Not wanting to go straight back into reality, we went on a three day scooter ride around the mountains of Tha Khek, many caves and rainforests surrounding this area. It was a rough road on the scooter that left us completely red from the dirt, and besides the sites to see it really was just an excuse to ride through the stunning countryside.

Our last stop in Laos was at ‘the four thousand islands’ the southern most part. And when we didn’t think we could get any more relaxed we found Don Det island. It was hard to leave knowing we faced Phnom Penh next.

I only have photos from Savannakhet and Vientiane for now.
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Noodle soup and Lanterns

I have finally gotten around to posting my photos of the sleepy town of Hoi An. Brad and I got a little bit trapped in this town and ended up staying a lot longer than we wanted. It wasn’t so much for the abundance of things to do here but more the charm of the clustered buildings throughout the town centre, the abundance of glowing lanterns on the river at night and our favorite lady who sold banana fritters at any time of the day and night.

Hoi An itself was definitely a big tourist destination but somehow you never felt too bombarded by the other tourists it was a nice mix of people and the streets never felt full, it was conservative and outgoing at the same time. Architecturally the town had this cross between French meets Mexican and to add to it there were chihuahua’s at every corner.

Lucky for us we will be back at christmas to meet with Brads parents maybe then I will get round to doing some of those tourist attractions on offer. /em>

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Train to Hoi An

Riding the trains in Vietnam was an adventure before the wheels had started turning. Boarding our train fifty minutes earlier than departure (a requirement) we made our way to our first class berth. We decided to indulge seeing as we would be on the train for fifteen hours. Entering our room we are greeted with a dusty compartment a few black hairs left behind from the last passengers and our two bottom bunks. Dust and hair aside there was still a beautiful nostalgia to the train. After settling in I get out my book to write and something catches the corner of my eye, I looked to see what it was and was unpleasantly surprised by a small mouse looking at me. The next fifteen minutes we spent trying to get the mouse out of our compartment but with no luck gave in. Alternatively we decided to purchase some beer at this point just in case sleep didn’t come easy. Finally the wheels start turning and we are off, brad and I, the two Vietnamese boys up top and the mouse beneath the beds.

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