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April 2017

2015 - MEKONG RIVER in LAOS, five days in Luang Prabang

Waiting in LP for the Mekong Sun river boat for a short cruise on the Mekong River


View 2015 PANDAW - MEKONG, LUANG PRABANG on hasbeen's travel map.

Getting to Luang Prabang from Yangon was fairly easy .. a connection in Bangkok, which is becoming very familiar

Here is the view from across the road from my hotel .. not too shabby.

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then a left turn & a walk along the river looking for a spot to have a quiet sit down & a beer .. past the little park ..

& into the restaurant with this as the view .. the river on the left is the Mekong ,, the one in the foreground is a tributary.

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Maybe I will cross the bridge .. later ..

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instead I finish my beer & keep walking but alongside the Mekong now...

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A left turn & I head up alleyways into town ..

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Nice flowers & a Pagoda or two . . of course

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It was quite wet while I was here & I was struck by the number of people who drive motorbikes & hold umbrellas

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The ICON Klub .. closed now but maybe I will try it of an evening.

Looks a nice little town .. very clean .. people are more reserved than Myanmar .. not so many smiles or hellos but friendly enough

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I have five days here until my river boat takes me out on the Mekong . . . so still time for a look around town .. I have taken the road outside the hotel & turned right this time .. along the river that runs into the Mekong.

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Pop into the market for a bite to eat ..

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I am going to cross over the river now .. nice safe bridge.

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That is lovely little restaurant . . set into the trees, it cascades down the hill towards the river.

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Back across the river .. another lovely restaurant with a great view over the river

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Another pleasant evening stroll round town ..

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and the sun goes down on the Mekong ..

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ladies selling lottery tickets ..

I am going to take the ferry across the Mekong .. a bit of a mix-up paying for the ride . . the guy got the idea I was with the only other foreigner on board & I ended up paying for him too .. never mind . . it was only a dollar or two.

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A nicely paved road to walk along .. . .

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Time for a sit down here & a quiet beer . . this side of the river is not so pristine as the Luang Prabang side .. I wonder if there is any tourist accommodation over here.

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At the ferry where the captain sorted out my fare mix-up .. nice of him. .. he could have just ignored me.

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looking back at the girls working hard

& a nice little vegetable patch ..

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Up very early today to see the monks gathering alms .. something very touristy here in Luang Prabang but the locals participate too ..

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Monks gather in the grounds of monasteries ..

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There are many people selling food to donate to the monks ..

And tourists making donations ..

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And locals.

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That's goodbye to Luang Prabang for a week while I cruise the river on the Mekong Sun.

Posted by hasbeen 15:05 Archived in Laos Comments (2)

2015 - SWAN HELLENIC MINERVA - BOROBUDUR, Indonesia

A World Heritage Site that I had never heard of .. INDONESIA .. Full of surprises

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More dancing ladies, this time welcoming MS Minerva to the closest port to BOROBUDUR ..

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& off we go .. with a pit stop on the way.

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The first day I got on the Minerva, practically the first person I see is a woman who was on the cruise I took before this one .. it was in Greece & Turkey. I could not believe it .. on that cruise she was the most obnoxious person I have ever met on a cruise .. amazed is an understatement.

I managed to steer clear of her on this cruise, until today .. getting off the bus in BOROBUDUR. she almost knocked over an elderly man in her rush to get ahead. Still obnoxious .. nothing changed there then.

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Some people compare BOROBUDUR to Angkor Wat & they are both a bit on the spectacular side,

This is the view in the opposite direction.

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Much of this place is restored .

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The steps were very steep .. One guide had taken the majority of the group & four of us slowpokes were left with the other & two of those disappeared so two of us had a private tour .. very nice. And I did not have too much climbing to do either.

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Posers every way you look ..

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A short walk brought me out of the complex & to this place looking like it is set for a wedding .. but no . . it is for our meal.

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We are going to be entertained while we eat ... .

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This is one of the ladies I ate with on the boat .. usually only 4 or five of us.

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This is two of the others .. a pleasant couple. There were a few nice people on this cruise but there were far too many snooty, stuck up people for my liking ..

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Some county scenery on the way home to the ship

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I enjoyed this itinerary but not the majority of passengers .. the Philippino crew were great as usual but the officers left a lot to be desired .. food was about the worst I have had afloat . . .I am not surprised that they are no longer in business.

We were supposed to get one more stop . . at an exclusive island but it was cancelled due to the weather & we carried on to Singapore. On arrival there, I had a very early flight to Vietnam & the start of three river cruises

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I wonder who I know in Smith Falls Ontario?

Posted by hasbeen 17:54 Archived in Indonesia Comments (0)

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