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Houay Sangta

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  • Day215

    Travelläum - 13 Monate unterwegs

    January 5 in Laos ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    We are traveling for 13 months now. Time for a review: The last month we spent in Cambodia and Laos! We visited awesome places like Angkor Wat or Koh Rong Samloem and saw plenty of waterfalls in Laos.

    Wir reisen nun schon seit 13 Monaten durch die Welt. Also ist es Zeit für einen Rückblick: Den letzten Monat haben wir in Kambodscha und Laos verbracht und dabei atemberaubende Natur und mit Angkor Wat auch ein Weltkulturerbe besucht.Read more

  • Day12

    Mount Phou Si

    May 14, 2017 in Laos ⋅

    For our last day in Luang Prabang we woke up in good time and enjoyed the last free breakfast.

    Due to the heat of the day approaching we decided to head out asap so we wouldn't melt away in the sun.

    We set off to Mount Phou Si which was only a 10 minute walk from our hostel and climbed the 400 steps up. Having experienced such a trek up on our last viewpoint escapade this one was significantly easier and quicker. After 10 minutes we were up the top and soaking in the beautiful views around us. With a nice breeze it made being up top bearable and worth the walk.

    Having been in Laos almost 2 weeks I'm certain many people underrate it and will skip it out if they are short of time. Visiting the country I think this is so wrong and Laos is one of the most beautiful places I've been to on my travels and being so underdeveloped everything is still very natural and undisturbed. I couldn't recommend Laos more and I can certainly say it's exceeded expectations.

    The evening was also a very sad one as it was mine and Simona's last night with each other before we went our separate ways after the best two weeks together. We both couldn't have loved Laos more nor had more of a laugh together and the weeks have flown by. We both agreed though that Vang Vieng was our favourite place (hence the long stay) and felt we could of stayed longer. However we promised each other we would both return another time and relive our week there.

    For our last meal we had the vegetarian buffet again, being so cheap and delicious it couldn't go a miss and seemed very suited to finish on a good food.
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  • Day44

    Luang Prabang, Laos

    February 5, 2017 in Laos ⋅

    Luang Prabang is a small quaint town in Laos known to backpackers for years however we didn't know very much about it and wanted to check it out for ourselves.

    Laos was occupied by the French for 50 years up until 1949, which is evident in Luang Prabang through the architecture and modern day relaxed culture. While there were nice restaurants, wine bars and riverside cafes all around town, it didn't quite feel like the authentic Laos we saw traveling, more of a western resort town.

    Although it was nice to have this small town feel we wanted to see a more local side of Laos so we rented a scooter to drive around the outskirts. This is where we saw the true beauty of this country that has rolling mountains and greenery all around. We drove an hour to the Kuang Si waterfall which was even more amazing in person than the pictures we'd seen. It was fun to hike up to the top of the fall where we could walk around in the water and Mitch could show off on the tree swing before accidentally falling in to the watering hole! Thank god it was really really hot so drying off wasn't a problem.

    On the way back from the waterfall we made a few pit stops to enjoy the scenery and to even do some local people watching while taking a break at a roadside eatery where I had to take a picture with the cutest little Laos girl dressed in her traditional clothing. Once we got back to Luang Prabang we enjoyed a beautiful sunset over the river and decided it was time that we take a chance to eat some street food while in Southeast Asia. We scoped out the most popular BBQ stand and enjoyed some pork, chicken and sticky rice. And lucky to say our stomachs were just fine the next day!
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  • Day303

    Luang Prabang: Khung Si und Shopping

    January 9 in Laos ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Zurück in Luang Prabang gönnten wir uns die gleiche leckere Pizza, die wir Silvester 🎉genossen hatten. Ja, wir wissen, wir hatten viel Pizza 🍕 in letzter Zeit, aber 1. hatten wir Magen nach dem Laos-Essen auf dem Markt, 2. war Chrissi froh, dass Jule überhaupt wieder etwas essen wollte und 3. würden wir in ein paar Tagen in ein laotisches Projekt gehen, wo wir bestimmt keine bekommen würden... 🤷🏼‍♀️ Zurück im Guesthouse skypten wir mit Uti als plötzlich eine Bettwanze gemütlich über eines unserer Kissen spazierte 😱. Yippi!!! Wir fragten an der Rezeption, ob wir ein anderes Zimmer bekommen könnten und die Antwort war ja - allerdings hatten sie dort auch Bettwanzen vor 2 Wochen... Chrissi lief also los und fragte in mehreren Guesthouses nach Zimmern und Preisen und so zogen wir in ein anderes um. Das Geld 💵 bekamen wir natürlich zurück 😉. Im neuen Zimmer angekommen duschten wir und lagen schon im Bett als plötzlich mehrere Bettwanzen an der Gardine neben dem Bett 🛌 auftauchten. Kann das wirklich wahr sein? Wir saßen 4 Stunden im Horrorbus und nun können wir nicht einmal in Ruhe die Augen 👀 zumachen?!?! Wir fragten also erneut, ob es ein anderes Zimmer gäbe und bekamen auch eins - diesmal ohne Bettwanzen (soweit wir wissen). Am nächsten Tag fuhren wir zu den 💦 Khung Si Wasserfällen. Wir wollten dort eigentlich schon während unseres ersten Besuches in Luang Prabang hin, doch da man dort Baden kann und wir zu Silvester so schlechtes Wetter ☁️🌬hatten, hatten wir auf gutes Wetter ☀️bei unserer zweiten Durchreise gehofft. Die Wasserfälle und das dazugehörige Areal 🌳🌴🌳waren wunderschön und das Wasser erfrischend kalt. Außerdem gibt es dort noch eine Art Bärenauffanglager. Hier leben verschiedene Bären 🐻, die aus ihren winzigen Käfigen in denen sie zur Gewinnung von Gallenflüssigkeit für 💉 medizinische Zwecke leben müssen, gerettet werden. Free the bears - tolles Projekt! 👍
    Am Abend aßen wir in einem kleinen Restaurant am Mekong und schlenderten danach erneut über den schönen Nachtmarkt der Stadt. Wir erstanden ein paar hübsche Mitbringsel für zuhause und praktisches für unsere Reise 😬.
    Am nächsten Morgen schafften wir es gerade noch so ein Paar Happen unseres baguettes 🥖 zu essen bevor wir für unsere Fahrt nach Vang Vieng abgeholt wurden.
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  • Day89

    Kuang Si Waterfall

    February 1, 2018 in Laos ⋅

    Heute sind wir zu den Kuang Si Wasserfällen gefahren - sind die nicht traumhaft schön? 😍

    Wir waren sofort hin und weg! 💗

    An einigen Stellen konnte man auch baden gehen - Cemil ist sofort ins Wasser gesprungen. 😁

    Da wir bereits gegen 09.30Uhr angekommen sind, waren nur wenige Leute vor Ort - also früh kommen lohnt sich! 😊Read more

  • Day7

    Luang Prabang

    March 13, 2015 in Laos ⋅

    Arrival at Singharat Guesthouse and now Dinner at Lao Lao Garden Restaurant

  • Day139

    Luang Prabang

    September 5, 2015 in Laos ⋅

    Historically the Laos was called 'the land of a million elephants' and still has the elephant as its national animal today. However war, poaching and land encroachment by humans has led to the population reducing to 1600, 500-600 of which are made to work in the logging industry, their great power used to fell trees and carry lumber.

    We hoped being in South East Asia would give us an opportunity to see these beautiful creatures up close and perhaps even ride one. There are many places in Laos and Thailand you can do this but with varying degrees of how the elephants are treated by their owners. We are very keen to not engage in any tourism that does not properly care for animals so after talking to Keo, he recommended 'Elephant Village', just outside of Luang Prabang.

    The village rescues elephants from mistreatment and provides employment for locals previously poaching or working in the logging industry. The village has 14 females and 2 babies (they do not keep a bull in the camp as it would be too aggressive to safely manage). Each elephant has a 'mahout' who has worked with her for years; riding, training and caring for her.

    Rescuing an elephant can cost as much $20,000, as even old elephants have value (their meat) and their care is high maintenance, each requiring at least 250kg of food and 80 gallons of water a day. It may not be the wild, where ultimately elephants should be, but the village appears to give them as much freedom as realistically possible (they still have to be chained by a foot when taken out of the village to feed as otherwise they wander off and eat a local farmer's livelihood).

    We began by learning how to climb up and sit upon an elephant and give basic commands in Lao to manoeuvre it. Accomplishing this, we headed out on a 3km trek with a mahout, Hueng, to help guide us with our elephant, 43 year old Hamkoon. Hueng first took Hamkoon up through a steep narrow trail into the rainforest, Hamkoon's huge feet squelching into the reddish brown mud to leave deep prints. We swayed above on her back, titling backwards and forwards at 45 degrees or more to face the forest floor or canopy. Upon clearing the ridge line of trees, we gazed out across the Nam Khan River to the lush green mountains of Laos. Once through this difficult terrain Hueng allowed us to take turns riding Hamkoon for ourselves. Our hands on top of her broad grey head, feeling her powerful muscles move under our legs as we plodded onwards.

    Back at the village we fed Hamkoon bananas by way of thanks and then took all the elephants (Kim -Hamkoon, Alex - 40 year old Sinook) down to the river to bathe them. The elephants dipped their heads under the water to leave us nearly waist deep and spray water back at us with their trunks. We used pails and scrubbing brushes to clean their wrinkled course skin, dotted with thick black hairs.

    We visited the 2 baby elephants, kept in a separate enclosure on the other side of the river, who appeared playful and interested in us, if only at the prospect of being fed more bananas. We travelled further along the river to the Tad Sae waterfalls, which unlike the Kuang Si falls yesterday were much clearer and safer to swim in. The water a never-ending cascade of white water over multiple tiers of sandy rock. We wandered waist deep between the top and middle levels of the falls, the shade and the water cooling us after a day under the hot sun with the elephants.

    It was a brilliant day, one of the best in fact and one we will never forget...
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  • Day138

    Luang Prabang

    September 4, 2015 in Laos ⋅

    In the morning we went to a small gym that we found when walking back to our hostel yesterday. No wider than the open shop front accommodating it, the equipment was set upon rose tiling with desk fans to slowly push the humid air around. Posters of 'Farlang' bodybuilders decorated the walls and birds chirped in small cages hanging below the awning outside.

    The absence of other clients highlighted how the concept of exercising in gyms is foreign in the developing world. Although when passing by later on we noticed some men (possibly government or NGO desk warmers) using the gym, for the vast majority the day-to-day task of labouring to eat is costly exercise enough.

    We ate lunch at the same food stall where we had sheltered from the rain yesterday, the young women smiling at our attempts to order in fragments of Lao. The prevailing French colonial influence in Luang Prabang means that baguettes and even pate are readily available. This meant for the first time in weeks we ate bread rather than rice; warm baguettes filled with chicken and avocado, garnished with salad and mayonnaise, washed down with ginger tea as town life passed us by. It was delicious.

    In the afternoon we took a mini-van with Anna and another Stray guide, Chris (who we haven't mentioned before but who has also accompanied us with Keo as he is training - you will notice him in the pictures from Ban Pak Nguey) to the Kuang Si waterfalls. Passing a vista of bright green rice paddy fields that contrasted with the darker green of rainforest, we could see a thunderstorm threatening off a distant mountainside.

    Under the entrance gate and before the falls, we walked through a sanctuary for bears, rescued from smugglers or illegal ownership and unable to return to the wild because of their exposure to human contact. We read how upon arrival the bears are often in poor physical and emotional condition and pioneering neurosurgery was successfully completed on one to restore her to a healthy and happy state. Good bear story.

    The roar of the waterfall steadily increased until we could see the torrent of brown water for ourselves. The heavy rains washing the mud off mountainside down through the falls to give it this colour. We had hoped to swim in the waters at the basin but even there it was too high and strong to be safe. Further up the water crashed through seating areas and platforms, where at drier times of the year tourists would be. There are positives and negatives to travelling in the low/wet season and this was one of the down sides. Nevertheless it was still an impressive force of nature to witness and we stayed to watch until the rains arrived to drive us back to the shelter of the mini-van.

    Every night in Luang Prabang a night market opens along the main street, which becomes closed to traffic. Sheltered by tarpaulin and lit by electric lamp, hundreds of stalls sell clothes, bags and souvenirs whilst down side streets other vendors sell food. Smoking barbecued meats, sizzling crepes, bubbling soups and freshly cut papaya, pineapple and melon salads. We moved through the narrow walkways and the sensory treasure trove they contained to sample a selection for our dinner.
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