The Mystical Adventures of Tess and Jack

Trip: Vietnam, Laos and Thailand 09-10

There are [23] stories from my trip: Vietnam, Laos and Thailand 09-10


Bangkok: Banglamphu and ping pongs too!

THAILAND | Sunday, 7 Feb 2010 | Views [885]

Our trip from Don Det to Bangkok involved 3 bus rides. Everyone else on the island booked a joint ticket but we saved about $10 - woohoo - doing it separately for not much more hassle. We are soooo intrepid these days. As mentioned in my previous entry, ... Read more >


Farewell to Laos: Wat Phu Champasak and Don Det

LAOS | Friday, 5 Feb 2010 | Views [837] | Comments [2]

A little sore but well-rested and in high spirits, we departed Pakse and made our way to the nearby town of Champasak. Originally this hadn't been on our itinerary due to time constraints, but whilst languishing in Vientiane we by chance spotted in ... Read more >


Photos: Bolaven Plateau

LAOS | Monday, 25 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

Waterfalls, potholes and mud in all the wrong places!
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Motorbike adventure on the Bolaven Plateau

LAOS | Monday, 25 Jan 2010 | Views [871] | Comments [1]

The next leg of our journey was to Pakse, gateway to Southern Laos and the Bolaven Plateau, where we had a three day off-the-beaten-track type motorbike trip planned. First, though, we had to make a two day/one night stop over in the capital, Vientiane, ... Read more >


Photos: Luang Prabang, Phonsavan and Vang Vieng

LAOS | Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Swings and things in Vang Vieng

LAOS | Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | Views [436]

Our next mystical adventure would take us further south to the shamelessly touristy town of Vang Vieng. Jack had spent some time here last year and was happy to give it a miss this time round, and to be honest I was feeling a little reluctant myself, ... Read more >


Photos: Northern Laos

LAOS | Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

Up north, from east to west!
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Doing our thang in Luang Prabang, then jars and cans in Phonsovan

LAOS | Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | Views [735]

On our last night in Huay Xai we were blessed with a blissfully peaceful night's sleep - a big change from our previous nights there, which were full of roosters with no time perception and dog fights (a bitch was on heat and every one of the 50 male ... Read more >


The Gibbon Experience!

LAOS | Saturday, 16 Jan 2010 | Views [1703] | Comments [2]

For the unfamiliar (i.e. anyone who has not been to Laos, cos it's hot goss on the backpacker scene), the Gibbon Experience is an ecologically sustainable tourism project in the north-western Bokeo Province which involves trekking deep into the rainforests ... Read more >


In Laos' Deep North: Muang Khua, Phongsali and Huay Xai

LAOS | Saturday, 16 Jan 2010 | Views [1397] | Comments [3]

The remainder of our bus trip into Laos was filled with the sounds of cheesy Thai pop music mingled with our French friend's snoring. My first impressions of Laos: The roads are much worse than in Vietnam. The road to Muang Khua, especially, was pot ... Read more >


Border mission: Dien Bien Phu to Muang Khua, Laos

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | Views [2363] | Comments [1]

From the moment we set foot on out night bus to Dien Bien Phu (the last point of civilisation before crossing into Northern Laos), I knew that our time in Hanoi had left me a spoiled brat. Despite the bus being spacious, cushiony, decked out in red and ... Read more >


Photos: Hanoi & Dien Bien Phu

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

lots of colour, life and dead bodies... Ok I exaggerated only one dead body!
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Hanoi: City of the Soaring Dragon

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | Views [357]

Our introduction to Hanoi was not the most promising. Both of us were tired and grumpy after a long bus then boat then bus then another bus trip from Cat Ba, which involved a baffling scam attempt (we got off the boat, all our fellow passengers boarded ... Read more >


Photos: Halong Bay

VIETNAM | Monday, 28 Dec 2009 | Photo Gallery

A true wonder of the natural world
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Photos: Ninh Binh and Cat Ba Island

VIETNAM | Sunday, 27 Dec 2009 | Photo Gallery

From rice paddies and rivers to rugged cliffs and the sea
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Sojourn in the North: Ninh Binh, Cat Ba Island and Halong Bay

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | Views [480] | Comments [1]

We departed Hue slightly wet but in good spirits, and boarded the 12 hour night bus to our next destination, Ninh Binh. What 'night bus' entailed was anyone's guess, but we were slightly skeptical having paid only $10 each. We were pleasantly surprised ... Read more >


Historical Hoi An and Hue

VIETNAM | Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | Views [408] | Comments [4]

Xin Chao (as the Vietnamese say) to all our loved ones! The past week has been spent meandering up Vietnam's central coast through historically rich Hoi An and Hue. The weather has been very hot and steamy, making for an abundance of good hair days ... Read more >


Photos: Hoi An and Hue

VIETNAM | Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | Photo Gallery

Temples, tailors, too much food and lots of rain!
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Central Highlands Part II: Kon Tum, much fun!

VIETNAM | Sunday, 13 Dec 2009 | Views [415] | Comments [3]

The bus ride from Buon Ma Thuot to Kon Tum can only be described as heart-stoppingly frightening! We were on a small bus (really a mini-van) run by a local company, and were of course the only English speakers on board. The driver was an absolute nut ... Read more >


Photos: Central Highlands

VIETNAM | Sunday, 13 Dec 2009 | Photo Gallery

Rats, baked goods, cute kids and more!
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