29.10.2009 - 30.10.2009 29 °C
We got up, sorted our bags (again!) and set off for the Chinese\Laos border. We got a private bus which took about 3 and a half hours. At the border we had to get our passports stamped to say that we'v left China and then we walked for aboutr 5 minutes down to the Laos border.
At the Laos border we had to give them our passports and hang around for a bit waiting to get stamped in. It was pretty hot and tyhe 1st thing I saw at the Border was a moth the size of my head...I swear it was massive! eurgh!
Once we were all through the border we got another private bus for about an hour or so to Luang Nam Tha our 1st stp in Laos! The weather was perfect it was so warm and sunny. We stopped for lunch and oh my god they had normal English food! haha no more Chinese food! (Chinese is nice but everything is fried ands you can get a bit sick of it - also they dont eat simple normal stuff like sandwiches!!!)
I ordered a Tuna baggette and Dani had a burger with chips! ha so adventurous us 2. After this we went and checked into our guesthouse - it was really sweet and much better than hotel rooms - all hotel rooms are basically exactly the same but this guesthouse was cute and had more personality - thumbs up! There were gecko's running around everywhere they are so cute.
We had a quick freshen up and went to meet Nicole and some of the group to go on a bike ride! We rented these massive mountain bikes that were so uncomfortable and set off.... Laos is so beautiful is is so green and lush with mountains everywhere and rice paddies. We rode to the rice paddies 1st and the views were breathtaking all you can see is green for miles and then mountains! All of the kids shout Sabaidee!! (hello) and they are all giggly and cute. There are pigs,cows,dogs,cats,ducks,cockerals running around everywhere its got a really happy, chilled out vibe to it.
Next we rode through a villiage and that was really cool to see how they live in their simple house huts. we stopped at a little stream where all the kids were splashing and swimming and tormenting this poor cow which was tied up haha.
Last we rode up to the Golden Stupor which is a buddist temple with lots of budda's and stuff. it was at the top of this massive hill which we all tried to ride up but failed miserably it was too steep!
After all this riding my bum was in agony and I was covered in oil from the chains - we returned the bikes and went back to the guest house.
That night we met up for dinner and had a quick nose around the night market which mainly just sold food. We got some bananas and waffles for the bus journey the next day. We were going to get our 1st Beer Laos but we went on the internet instead and I had my 1st Skype experince! its amazing I spoke to my sis and Rob and i was so happy to hear their voices and happy to have discovered Skype!!
After that we were too tired for a Beer Laos so we just went back to the guest house and to bed.