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Created this blog to document my travels, experiences & thoughts thru Central & South America but hell plan to blog my travels to where ever. Goofy harmless Free Spirit hoping to spend most of my time with locals & enjoy the world! So hang on as I travel, drink cervezas, raise a little hell, maybe piss off a few people & hopefully not give Canadians a bad reputation! Of course don't do these things on purpose but while having a good time well "Shit Happens"!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hell the Slow boat ride from Thailand thru most of north western Laos to Laung Prabang was a big fuking disappointment!!

Shit it was Boring as hell & was NOT at all like what peep have said as had heard so many good things about the country!! But guess U have to be 20 & just out of college or a big drinker (Juicer) from Europe & not fukin Stoner from North America!!
So after doing as much damage in Thailand as we could (actually was so dam bland that it was like fuk all) left Chiang Khong early on Feb 5 to get 2 the Huy Xai, Laos ferry crossing & get our Visas! The whole process took about a 1 ½ hrs for everyone in the group which was cool considering how many there were of us & in the line! Hell we were on a bus cuz it was the only way out of Chaing Mai considering it was friggin Chinese New Years so couldn’t get a bus to Pia!!

But U know what really fukin sucked was Canadians were charged $42 for our Laos Visa while everyone else only had to pay about about $35!! Hell even the self proclaimed Rich Americans paid even less than Canadians! So changed the last of our Thai Bahts to Laos Kips! Not sure but think the exchange rate from Bahts to Kips was something like 1 Thai Baht = 695 Laos Kips! While it was like 8000 Kips to 1 CAD!!! So at least one thing was true about Laos as wasn’t that expensive which made it bearable!!!

So after getting our visas had to take a bus to the boat (cuz couldn’t walk as didn’t know where to go LOL)! A funny thing that happened was they were also selling these cushions for the boat ride at the same place we bought our ferry tickets as peep were told it was essential for the trip and sold for 50 Baht ($1.50)! So since nobody knew just how uncomfortable the boat’s seats were well most peep bought one just in case! But fuk nobody needed them and they just became excess shit to carry around but extra money for the boat company! LOL

Hell had heard stories of floating on a Slow Boat thru Laos! So sort of imagined a chillin fun time but NOT fuking So! The boat took us down the down river Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang! But first we had to spend the night in this small fukin town (Pak Beng or whatever it’s called)  half way to Luang Prabang!

The Chiang Kong to Luang Prabang portion of the trip was a different experience passing by beautiful scenery with relative comfort. Shit to say I was a bit disappointed was a fukin understatement as we found out that the boats were so comfortable and touristy (fuk could picture a lot of the pax at home doing a RV trip across Canada!) Hell the boat catered to tourists as they sold beer, water, soft drinks and baguettes with either cheese or tuna  with Chips, etc. not what I woild have thought for a slow boat ride thru supposedly fun Laos but a long fukin boring journey! Left at 11.30 am - arrived at Pak Beng (sp) at around 6pm for a great sunset as we docked. Hell the trip wasn’t even an adventure cuz if done right it could have been one of the transport highlights of traveling thru SE Asia instead of a hum drum boring ride in a boat with all the bland fly in, pickup & delivered to hotel tourists with just a handful of interesting locals!

Stayed the night at Pak Beng or whatever it’s called which was just as boring as the boat trip but hell can handle any place one night! But we did score some weed & a bit of opium (just to try) from the guesthouse owner like at most guesthouses both to spice up an otherwise boring friggin non adventurous boat trip! But the shit they sold us didn’t do much for us cuz hell opium did nothing like the last time I tried it! But wtf like the old saying “when in Rome well do what the Romans do!!”

So fuk on the 2nd day of the boat trip well had to spice up the trip had to head to the back of the boat to smoke up to make the trip bearable! In the mean time my J was immersed in a book as think was too paranoid to indulge like we did back home (blah) & hell was the reason invited J to have fun on the trip but wtf that’s actually not only reason!! So think that was the beginning of the end of us hanging out to do the trip!!

So all in all it was a bit of a boring 2 day trip but WTF how often do you get to spend two days floating down one of the world’s great rivers? 

Didn't have a camera that worked so if U want to see some pictures well check out this link.

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