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Location - South East Asia; Capital - Vientiane; Population - 6 million; Currency - Kip

I crossed the Thai-Lao border at Chiang Khong, taking a boat across the Mekong to Huay Xai, in October 1999.

 

laosnote2000 Lao Kip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

laos1Souped up speedboats motor down the Mekong from Huay Xai to Pakbeng and Luang Prabang

 

 

laos2The Mekong river

 

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laos5The riverside village of Pakbeng

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

laos6Far more character than the speedboat is the slow boat from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang - it stops off at several villages and takes on board various animal life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

laos7Luang Prabang was the former Lao capital between the 14th and 16th century

 

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laos8The Royal Palace, Luang Prabang

 

 

laos10Kuang Si falls near Luang Prabang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

laos11Kuang Si falls - picture postcard stuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

laos12Vang Vieng is surrounded by lovely countryside

 

 

laos13Crossing the Song river, Vang Vieng

 

 

laos14Limestone karst mountains next to the Song river, Vang Vieng

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

laos16The Great Sacred Stupa, Vientiane

 

 

laos17Vientiane's Presidential Palace

 

 

laos20Haw Pha Kaew, formerly a royal temple, Vientiane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

laos18The weird and wonderful statues of Xieng Khuan, or Buddha Park, 25 kms south of Vientiane

 

 

laos19Buddha Park, south of Vientiane

 

 

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LINKS

www.tourismlaos.gov.la - Laos tourist board

www.laotourism.org

www.visit-mekong.com/laos - info on Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam

www.laostravel.info

 

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