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Toru Oishiさんのログブック(旅行記)「Livin' less luxuriously in Laos」

Livin' less luxuriously in Laos

2012-12-28 - 2013-01-0352 Episodes
Toru Oishi
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I went on a backpacking tour to Laos with a friend during the yearend of 2012. Spent New Years Day there but didn't party much . All we did was go touring all day everyday in the sweltering heat. When we got back home a couple of days before getting back to work, we noticed it was too late :P

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Day 12012/12/28

ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「My first night in Laos in Luang Prabang. That's our guesthouse where we stayed for 3 nights.
The whole city is registered as a World Her

My first night in Laos in Luang Prabang. That's our guesthouse where we stayed for 3 nights.
The whole city is registered as a World Heritage Site and it's has Ancient temples all over the city.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Our room during our 3-day stay in LP. Complete with aircon, bathroom, and a complementary bottle of water and army of ants. The room was

Our room during our 3-day stay in LP. Complete with aircon, bathroom, and a complementary bottle of water and army of ants. The room was a bit filthy with broken floor tiles that my friend almost slipped over. Otherwise, it was well worth the $10 per night.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「The night market was a 10 minute walk from our guesthouse. The place was pretty crowded, as you can expect. But worth visiting. 
Althoug

The night market was a 10 minute walk from our guesthouse. The place was pretty crowded, as you can expect. But worth visiting.
Although we were pretty tired from the long flight from Tokyo, our excitement and curiosity overwhelmed our craving to head to bed. You can imagine how we were when we finally went to bed that night.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「A hotel in the city.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

A hotel in the city.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Mekong River. It was cloudy but the view was magnificent. It stretches thousands of kilos and runs across a few countries including Chin

Mekong River. It was cloudy but the view was magnificent. It stretches thousands of kilos and runs across a few countries including China, Thailand, and Cambodia.

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Day 22012/12/29

ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「A close shot of one of the walls of the temple. There were gazillions of drawings on the walls that were supposed to tell a story.」Livin

A close shot of one of the walls of the temple. There were gazillions of drawings on the walls that were supposed to tell a story.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「The buddhist statues in Wat Mai」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

The buddhist statues in Wat Mai

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「My friend standing by the hydra statue, the symbol of Laos. You'll always see them somewhere inside temples throughout Laos.」Livin' less

My friend standing by the hydra statue, the symbol of Laos. You'll always see them somewhere inside temples throughout Laos.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「The view of Wat Mai from atop a hill across the street.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

The view of Wat Mai from atop a hill across the street.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「The view of the main street looking towards the airport. The place had so many gueshouses, hotels, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops. Yo

The view of the main street looking towards the airport. The place had so many gueshouses, hotels, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops. You name it. And the prices were quite a bargain, despite the jacked up prices that we tourists are treated with.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Overlooking the Mekong River (again!) from atop the hills.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

Overlooking the Mekong River (again!) from atop the hills.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「The early morning alms giving. You'd have to get up early to see this in Luang Prabang, as it's well worth watching when you visit the c

The early morning alms giving. You'd have to get up early to see this in Luang Prabang, as it's well worth watching when you visit the city. It was originally a buddhist ritual where monks would walk single file to a temple and the locals would provide them with food. Now it's become so much like a tourist event that even tourists give out all sorts of stuff aside from fried rice.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Eventually, the monk's basket would get full and they'd end up discarding some of the contents into a cardboard box.」Livin' less luxurio

Eventually, the monk's basket would get full and they'd end up discarding some of the contents into a cardboard box.

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Day 32012/12/30

ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「This is the ride we rented to see Pak Ou caves and Kwangsi Falls, both of which were on the opposite sides of Luang Prabang. It was a 40

This is the ride we rented to see Pak Ou caves and Kwangsi Falls, both of which were on the opposite sides of Luang Prabang. It was a 40 km trip to each tourist spot from Luang Prabang.
On our way back from Kwangsi, we had a flat tire and had to push the bike about a kilo to the nearest shop in the sweltering heat. They replaced the entire inner tube and only cost $5.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「A map of Kwangsi falls.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

A map of Kwangsi falls.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「A view of Kwangsi falls. There were tourists who were bathing in the water. We regret not bringing our bathing suits :(」Livin' less luxu

A view of Kwangsi falls. There were tourists who were bathing in the water. We regret not bringing our bathing suits :(

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「See the magnificent view?」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

See the magnificent view?

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「We met 3 Vietnamese girls and asked them to take this shot for us. In return, they asked us to take a pic of their sweet faces. Um, no p

We met 3 Vietnamese girls and asked them to take this shot for us. In return, they asked us to take a pic of their sweet faces. Um, no pics of the girls. Sorry!

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「This is the magnificent view of the mountain that has the Pak Ou caves. It was about 80 km from Kwangsi falls. We stopped by Luang Praba

This is the magnificent view of the mountain that has the Pak Ou caves. It was about 80 km from Kwangsi falls. We stopped by Luang Prabang for a brief lunch break. I remember ordering super hot noodles and nearly burning my tongue.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「A close shot of Pak Ou caves. You can see an entrance to the caves near the foot of the mountain near the river.  Only way to get there

A close shot of Pak Ou caves. You can see an entrance to the caves near the foot of the mountain near the river. Only way to get there is to ride a motorboat to and from the caves, which cost about $2.50 round trip, which includes admission to the cave.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Pak Ou caves.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

Pak Ou caves.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「At the entrance of the cave. There were thousands of buddhist statues of various sizes.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

At the entrance of the cave. There were thousands of buddhist statues of various sizes.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「That's where we had dinner after retiring from our day tour. The food was great.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

That's where we had dinner after retiring from our day tour. The food was great.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Laos vodka........... Great stuff! I tried to order some at the night market to bring home. But due to regulations with fluid, I had to

Laos vodka........... Great stuff! I tried to order some at the night market to bring home. But due to regulations with fluid, I had to throw them out.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Dinner. Not so much like nasi goreng but great.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

Dinner. Not so much like nasi goreng but great.

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Day 42012/12/31

ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「We headed to Luang Prabang airport to catch a flight to Pakse. There was really nothing much in Pakse but was a good place to stay to do

We headed to Luang Prabang airport to catch a flight to Pakse. There was really nothing much in Pakse but was a good place to stay to do all your touring. We checked out the Champasak ruins , Sipan Dong and other tourist spots which I'll fill you in later on :)

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「That's our plane to Pakse. Turbo props are pretty noisy and the ride isn't as pleasant as a jet. Cost us about $300 for a round trip to

That's our plane to Pakse. Turbo props are pretty noisy and the ride isn't as pleasant as a jet. Cost us about $300 for a round trip to and fro Pakse to LPQ. That's about a year's worth of salary for a newly grad public servant.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「The view above Pakse as we approach the airport.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

The view above Pakse as we approach the airport.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Lunch was served onboard. Nothing much to fill your tummy. But booze was served onboard. That's not something we'd get on a similar dome

Lunch was served onboard. Nothing much to fill your tummy. But booze was served onboard. That's not something we'd get on a similar domestic flight in Japan. No?

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Another view above Pakse.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

Another view above Pakse.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Pakse airport. As you can imagine, it was hot as hell.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

Pakse airport. As you can imagine, it was hot as hell.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Kids, don't do drug okay? That's what they'll do to you in most parts of Asia. Laos is no exception!」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Tor

Kids, don't do drug okay? That's what they'll do to you in most parts of Asia. Laos is no exception!

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Downtown Pakse from mainstreet. There were some hotels and guesthouses catering to tourists. But otherwise, there was really nothing muc

Downtown Pakse from mainstreet. There were some hotels and guesthouses catering to tourists. But otherwise, there was really nothing much.
We arrived in Pakse and were too tired to go touring. We bought some food at a stand and ate quietly in our hotel rooms. I remember sneaking out of my room and leaving my friend behind to eat Laos noodles that evening, just a few hours before the countdown. After that, we went to bed early and were awaken by firecrackers in the middle of the night. Happy New Year, folks!

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Cheap booze! only 80 cents for a 600 ml bottle. We pay at least 4 times that sum in Tokyo. A good way to drink away and celebrate New Ye

Cheap booze! only 80 cents for a 600 ml bottle. We pay at least 4 times that sum in Tokyo. A good way to drink away and celebrate New Year's Eve.

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Day 52013/01/01

ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Our rented ride in Pakse. Cost about  $5 a day. We were headed towards Champasak ruins. We had to cross the river by raft and decided to

Our rented ride in Pakse. Cost about $5 a day. We were headed towards Champasak ruins. We had to cross the river by raft and decided to take our bike with us. We had to hold down the bike with our hands so it didn't flip overboard.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「The view of the river from the raft.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

The view of the river from the raft.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「The entrance to Champasak ruins. We met a couple of Japanese girls who met each other in Laos.  The trip was about 40 km from our hotel

The entrance to Champasak ruins. We met a couple of Japanese girls who met each other in Laos. The trip was about 40 km from our hotel in Pakse. We almost got lost on our way and had to ask for directions. We had a hard time trying to understand their gestures due to the language barrier. Nonetheless, it was a good experience.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「A shot of the ruins.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

A shot of the ruins.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Another shot of the ruins. We met a Canadian couple and had a nice chat. We spent the last day in Luang Prabang ( yes, we went back, dam

Another shot of the ruins. We met a Canadian couple and had a nice chat. We spent the last day in Luang Prabang ( yes, we went back, dammit! ) and bumped into the couple again. Talk about coincidence!

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「A buddhist statue near the sanctuary.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

A buddhist statue near the sanctuary.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「On our way home, we saw a huge buddhist statue atop a hill near Pakse. Although we were hot and tired and craving a can of beer and bath

On our way home, we saw a huge buddhist statue atop a hill near Pakse. Although we were hot and tired and craving a can of beer and bath from the sightseeing, I persuaded my friend to go and greet this great buddha and assure us a prosperous year ( yeah, right ). The walk to the top of the hill was pretty steep and energy consuming. Nonetheless the view from the top was rewarding. That's the Japan-Laos friendship bridge leading into central Pakse.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「The great buddha himself! This is a relatively new tourist attraction but definitely worth checking out if you are visiting Pakse.」Livin

The great buddha himself! This is a relatively new tourist attraction but definitely worth checking out if you are visiting Pakse.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「That's me and my friend engaged in a serious chess tournament after a hot shower.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

That's me and my friend engaged in a serious chess tournament after a hot shower.

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Day 62013/01/02

ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「We took the motorbike to a bus station just 10 km from central Pakse.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

We took the motorbike to a bus station just 10 km from central Pakse.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「From there, we took some kind of pickup truck that had a roof and some kind of bench in the cargo space. Typical Laos form of transporta

From there, we took some kind of pickup truck that had a roof and some kind of bench in the cargo space. Typical Laos form of transportation, if you ask me. The trip to Siphan Dong cost $4 and the ride was about 3 hours.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「A map of Siphan Dong.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

A map of Siphan Dong.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「A view of Siphan Dong.」Livin' less luxuriously in Laos(Toru Oishiさん)

A view of Siphan Dong.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「The view of the Siphan Dong is just magnificent. It flows into the Mekong river and is located near the border with Cambodia.」Livin' les

The view of the Siphan Dong is just magnificent. It flows into the Mekong river and is located near the border with Cambodia.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「The great Mekong near the Cambodian border. We were to catch a bus back to Pakse bus station that afternoon. But when we went back to th

The great Mekong near the Cambodian border. We were to catch a bus back to Pakse bus station that afternoon. But when we went back to the bus station in Siphan Dong, the clerk told us we'd have to wait till tomorrow to get back. We almost gave up and decided to hitch a ride. We hailed a van that had a female American tourist onboard. Apparently, she booked a tour to see Siphan Dong from her hotel in Champasak, which cost her 90 bucks. She was on her way back to her hotel and we were just headed in the same direction. We didn't have enough money with us but paid her a total of $30. At least we got home on time. The ride was much more comfortable than that modified pickup we rode earlier.

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Day 72013/01/03

ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「We checked out from our hotel and were headed to Pakse airport to return to LPQ. We had enough time to wait for the flight and decided t

We checked out from our hotel and were headed to Pakse airport to return to LPQ. We had enough time to wait for the flight and decided to kill some time at an Internet cafe. We even walked to the airport, which was only 4 km away from central Pakse. Of course, all the exercise in the sweltering heat wasn't enough to kill us.

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ルアンパバーン(ラオス)|「Yes, the departure terminal at Pakse. There was only a couple of souvenir shops and this isn't the place to kill time.」Livin' less luxur

Yes, the departure terminal at Pakse. There was only a couple of souvenir shops and this isn't the place to kill time.

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