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Laos – land of temples, monks, sunsets and French bakeries

By following the well worn backpacker trail through northern and central Laos, we caught a glimpse of a country of contrasts where rural and urban life often seemed worlds apart.  Even though the journey between these tourist hotspots is on paved roads as compared to 80% of the country’s roadways which are dirt, travel is still difficult in this country.  

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Cruising down the Mekong River

The 12th longest river in the world, the mighty Mekong, snakes its way 4,350 km through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.  We began our journey through Laos with a two-day “luxury” cruise down the Mekong, starting in the border town of Houay Xai and ending 300 km downstream in the Unesco World Heritage Center of Luang Prabang.

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Enjoying hospitality in Bangkok

As our 60-day tourist visa comes to an end, we spent our last week in Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok.  I must admit that by now, we are “templed out” and a little tired of sightseeing.  

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Great diving in the Andaman Sea

Rated amongst the world’s top dive sites, the Similan and Surin Islands offer an escape from the overcrowded beaches of Phuket.  Both groups of islands are part of a large archipelago about 90 km west of the mainland in the middle of the Andaman Sea extending north into Myanmar.

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The best and the worst beaches in Thailand

After three weeks travelling along the south west coast of Thailand, we have been dazzled by endless days of sunshine, miles upon miles of golden beaches and warm aquamarine water. We started in Koh Lanta and worked our way north, visiting enough beaches along the way to form our opinion of which ones we liked the best and which we thought were the worst.

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