|Monks out for a ride|
|Village life - old lady, tiny child, giant pig|
|Inside the caves|
|Huge system of corridors and rooms|
|Toilets are often like this|
|Monument to The Red Prince|
We cycled with Richard and Bob for a day or so, they were faster than us but with much less baggage. We met them again in Nong Khiaw which was a collection of bars and guesthouses and travellers, the first we'd seen for a long time, on a beautiful stretch of the river. We stayed for a couple of days while I delt with my first experience of traveller's diarrhea.
|Richard and Julian in the mist|
|The view from the bar in Nong Khiaw|
Our boat ride was fun if uncomfortable. The bikes were hoisted onto the roof and tied down with the guy ropes from the tent. They were treated very well, it was the most painless boat journey we've done. After eight hours we arrived right into the centre of the city which was absolutely heaving with travellers. It took is more than an hour of cycling from guesthouse to guesthouse to find one which wasn't full. The town was great though, mostly for the food. We ate very well. There was a night market which had everything, barbecued fish and meat, piles of rice and noodles and beer, all for a dollar or two each. And there was CAKE. Very exciting. I think I put on a few kilos.
|Our boat was the one on the right|
|Sunset on arrival into Luang Phra Bang|
|Sunset from a bar in Luang Phra Bang|
|Dragon guarding the King's temple in Vientiane|
|The sun rises in Laos, shines on the Mekong and sets in Thailand|