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    2 Weeks Roadie. Laos, Cambodia, Thailand. (I'm knackered!)

    Recently went on a roadie from Vientiane to 4000 islands in southern Lao then crossed the border to Cambodia then back into Lao via Thailand, Was a good trip but some long days driving. Kids were in the back bouncing around and kept saying, are we there yet , Are we there yet.

    About a month before this trip we went to see the plain of jars. so i will throw those pics in to

    Left Vientiane and headed for xiang quang province ( phonsavan town) to see the plain of jars. Wasnt overly impressed with the place or the jars. The road was in pretty good nick and some nice scenery








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    Theres several different sites to see the jars but we just went to 1 site the wife was keen to see them all but i managed to convince her that the other ones would just have MORE jars. and that it was fast approaching beer o clock


    I got to admit though they are a bit weird and you have to wonder what the fookers are for





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    Xieng kuangs also another part of Lao that was heavily Bombed.



    These locals had put them to good use.




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    Thumbs up

    Great stuff. Terrific pics. Keep 'em coming, BLD.

    Love that first pic on the road ahead in your OP.

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    Excellent trip photos, wanna see more.

    Years ago this faux-hippie told me that I must see those jars ''because it's really far out, man''

    Not sure if he meant distance or level of stonededness, as I'm yet to visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    Excellent trip photos, wanna see more.

    Years ago this faux-hippie told me that I must see those jars ''because it's really far out, man''

    Not sure if he meant distance or level of stonededness, as I'm yet to visit.
    Even with a few bongs in me i doubt i could get to excited about them pat. Its a good days drive from Vientiane and apart from the stunning mountain scenery phonesavan didnt have much going for it as far as im concerned

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    374 locals taking refuge in piew cave from the constant air strikes werent so lucky when the cave took a direct hit killing them all




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    It can get a bit nippy at night in phonsavan


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    We travelled next to pakse, Champassak then on the the hippy paradise known as don det.. Ive got plenty of pics left but ive got a bit more downloading to do so will bung up more later

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Even with a few bongs in me i doubt i could get to excited about them pat. Its a good days drive from Vientiane and apart from the stunning mountain scenery phonesavan didnt have much going for it as far as im concerned
    The guy had also visited Goa, Koh Phangan and Angkor Wat in the same trip. When I considered the trip years later I decided it was more his drug induced rambling state that would have made the place as 'far out' as he descibed, so I put it on hold. I'm yet to travel to 'nam, and will at some point, but to be honest travelling that distance to admire such a monument doesn't appeal to me, now that you've told me what kind of journey it would take, and I won't be driving.

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    What car/truck did you use, which countries roads were the best and what arrangements did you make regarding accommodation? Lastly where did you arrange the insurances/visas for you, your family and your vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    What car/truck did you use, which countries roads were the best and what arrangements did you make regarding accommodation? Lastly where did you arrange the insurances/visas for you, your family and your vehicle.
    We have a 4 year old Fortuner which is roomy enough for 2 kids 2 adults and a bit of gear in the back



    I got my Cambodian visa in Vientiane beforewe left, Kida and wife didnt need one as travelling on Lao passports, I also needed to get a Tourist visa for Thailand to enter by Land because under the new visa rules i can only do 2 land crossings per year now, ( Thai and Lao insurance i had already , Tried to get cambo insurance in vientiane but nobody sold it, Thought i might be able to get it at the cambo border but at that border (voeoung kam / Dom Kralor) there was nothing. Wasnt real happy about driving around without it but figured i would be even more alert while driving than usual. The roads i drove on in Cambodia were all single lane and in reasonable shape, Locals in cambodia seemed to drive a bit better than there Lao brothers to. in cambodia we drove from the border to stung treng staayed aa night then drove to siamreap, parked up there and just used tuk tuks and when leaving we crossed the border at osmach near Surin. I only booked accomadation in advance if i waas certain we would be there on the day, The idea was to stop whenever we felt like it, Thats the good thing about doing a roadie, The vehicle just uses the yellow border passport, same as driving Lao Thailand

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    Great pic thread, per usual, BLD!!

    Keep it up.
    Cheers.


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    Help me out mods cant edit the title. Should be 2 week roadie. Laos, cambodia, thailand Not 2 wek . Damn fingers are to big

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    Cheers, good pics. Looks like an adventure!

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    Thanks.

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    Very nice B. Looking forward to the rest, cheers.

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    Looks like another great thread. Thanks for the pics!

    Your Mrs is looking quite fit! Kudos to her, and send her my regards.

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    thanks for the walk down memory lane, did similar trips by my car and planning a big one ( phuket- Chiang Khong- Luang prabang- Vientainne-4,000 islands- Kep-home this summer.
    have car will travel:-)

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    Nice start to what I'm sure will be a well received picture thread.
    Cheers, the fishes.

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    We stayed 2 nights in Pakse, i hadnt been for about 10 years and was surprised to see it had grown a lot



    The First night we ataayed at the Champasak palace hotel which was once the last home of the last prince of Champasak Chou Boon Oum before fleeing to France during the commie revolution of Lao in 74.

    Interesting old hotel and a bargain at $22




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    We drove the short distance to see WAT PHU considered to be the oldest Khmer archeological sites in Lao. The wife likes temples. I did try to tell her that it was just so so compared to Angkor wat, but she was having none my bullshit, so we saw it.

    50 000 kips entry seemed pretty reasonable


    I wont post to many Pics of Wat phu because you guys are likely to get Templed out by the time this thread gets to Angkor wat











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    My Take on WAT PHU. Erm, its fookin old Innit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phuketrichard View Post
    thanks for the walk down memory lane, did similar trips by my car and planning a big one ( phuket- Chiang Khong- Luang prabang- Vientainne-4,000 islands- Kep-home this summer.
    have car will travel:-)
    Thats a Huge trip

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    Very nice cheers.

    I like the look of Wat Phu.

    I really like all those old Khmer temples.

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