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Location - South East Asia; Capital - Vientiane; Population - 6 million; Currency - Kip

I crossed the Thai-Lao border at Chiang Khong, taking a boat across the Mekong to Huay Xai, in October 1999.


laosnote2000 Lao Kip











laos1Souped up speedboats motor down the Mekong from Huay Xai to Pakbeng and Luang Prabang



laos2The Mekong river $600 Bonus



laos5The riverside village of Pakbeng

















laos6Far more character than the speedboat is the slow boat from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang - it stops off at several villages and takes on board various animal life














laos7Luang Prabang was the former Lao capital between the 14th and 16th century


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laos8The Royal Palace, Luang Prabang



laos10Kuang Si falls near Luang Prabang



















laos11Kuang Si falls - picture postcard stuff















laos12Vang Vieng is surrounded by lovely countryside



laos13Crossing the Song river, Vang Vieng



laos14Limestone karst mountains next to the Song river, Vang Vieng















laos16The Great Sacred Stupa, Vientiane



laos17Vientiane's Presidential Palace



laos20Haw Pha Kaew, formerly a royal temple, Vientiane



















laos18The weird and wonderful statues of Xieng Khuan, or Buddha Park, 25 kms south of Vientiane



laos19Buddha Park, south of Vientiane



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