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Brian Thom’s Travel Diary

Friday, 22 Jun 2007

Location: Luang PraBANG!, Laos

MapLuang Prabang is one of the more touristy towns and that becomes evident very quickly upon gliding across the skinny 2 by 4 plank that acts as a bridge between boat and land.

We left Way Sigh the following morning after my last entry. It required a 6-7 hour boat ride which took us to a small town on the side of the river where we were to stay overnight. I can't recall the name of it and truly it is a place of maybe 20 buildings, very small and likely constructed for this exact purpose because there were lots of guesthouses and hotels. When you get off the boat and walk up the small hill you are asked several times by local guys and gals if you want to stay there. After a 7 hour boat ride your not really in the mood to be 'sold to' if you know what I mean, so we just walked by them until we were a distance away. Eventually we ended up at some hotel that looked a lot nicer than it was. The inside of the room was like the inside of a room on a ship (all dark mahogany). A flashlight was on the bedside table which we found curious, and the television didn't work. Andrew joked that it was a fake tv designed to trick travellers into believing this was more than what it is. We went to check in at the reception and inquired about the flashlight- yep- lights out at 10:30pm to 10:30am... damn. We also asked about the tv, 'is it a fake?' asked Andrew... yep. I swear to God I've never heard a more honest answer in my life.

We boated the next 7 hours today and arrived in Luang Prabang. Steph and Bryan are apparently wandering around but we haven't found them yet... and in fact if Steph or Bryan are reading this tonight you guys should come back to the hotel because... we're here!

Lastly I wanted to add before I forget about the Gibbon Experience. I forgot to explain one of the best parts! During our second day we zipped down to the kitchen (or main entry) because there was rumours they had a pet bear. The Asiatic Black Bear was only 5 months old and about the size of a dog. You could play and wrestle with it, and if it misbehaved they threw it outside the kitchen and it never liked that. Can't say I'll ever get the chance to play with a bear before but it was awesome, those things are hilarious. I think I was annoying it because it tried biting my leg but the sucker only got my shorts. This bear was saved by Gibbon Experience dudes after they arrested a poacher who had killed its mother. Anyways, I'm off.

Oh yeah and unfortunately I can't post videos unless I want to upgrade on this website which costs money and I don't feel like it. Soooo you'll have to wait til we're home for the cool video.