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Have been in this idyllic location since 16.05.17. The temperature has been fairly consistently around C34/C35 with sometimes cloudy, sometimes showery conditions. It never seems that bad when it rains though, it being so warm.

Went to the UXO Lao Visitors Centre yesterday.

The UXO visitors centre in Luang Prabang gives heartrending literal/graphic depictions of how a bombing war’s effects in the 1960’s are still being felt to this day.

It’s a graphic and literal representation of the impact that bombing had on areas of Laos during the Vietnam war. As you may know, part of the Ho Chi Minh trail went through Laos and it drew the attention of American bombers. More than 2000000 tons of explosive ordnance was dropped on the country.

At a basic level, little is known in the west of the damning residual effects the Vietnam war had on ordinary peoples lives in Laos and the price is still being paid to this day.

The residual effect are still being felt to this day. Children and adults, whether playing or working in the fields regularly suffer injuries as a result of moving, touching or inadvertently impacting these dangerous pieces of ordnance.
Came away feeling hugely moved by the stoicism and bravery of these people, just getting on with their lives.

As an adjunct, I would like to offer a name check for our time here in Luang Prabang. Given that you are going to stay in Luang Prabang, you must try to book “The Deck House”. Steven & Meryl provide exemplary accommodation in a beautifully prepared guesthouse offering, breakfasts, advice & encouragement to explore the locality. They have immersed themselves in a venture to which they have engaged themselves with aplomb. Furthermore, they have endeavoured to support and succour the local community in a myriad of disparate ways. Lynn & I tip our hats, in a salute to excellence.

As an aside, I would like to add my reflections on the impending General Election that is about to be played out back in the UK  in two days time. In the wake of the Manchester suicide bombing and subsequent London “Ram & Slash” attacks by Islamic extremists, which cost the lives of a cumulative 29 people and upwards of over 40 seriously injured.The prospect on the ballot sheet of having the likes of Corbyn, Watson, Abbott, Milne, McDonnell, and bankrolled by the likes of McCluskey and the UNITE union fills me with revulsion. These people are dyed in the wool “Cultural Marxists” who would destroy our country, it’s history, and it’s identity. Let’s hope for a large turnout and a providential vote.

Three hour bus trip north from Bangkok in a fairly cramped “People Carrier” gets us into Pai at around 15:30. The countryside improved greatly after leaving Chiang Mai and started the climb into the mountain area in which Pai is embedded.

06:00am…C29..It’s going to be a beautiful morning here in Pai

Three hundred hairpin/switchback bends later, we cruise down main street to be greeted by a really “Bohemian” environment full of “young trendies” doing their thing and “hanging out” as I believe the phraseology goes. Paitopia is our domicile for the next three nights. Its a grouping of a number of purpose built wooden “A”frame houses on stilts built in random fashion near an outdoor pool and bar/restaurant around a small lagoon/lake.

A “Massiman” repas, along with a bowl of spices and a cool Leo.

Hired a moped for a couple of days (100 Tai bahts(GBP 2.20)!)
Although the immediate future involves a move to another domicile called Bulunburi on the banks of the Pai river, the intention is to head south again to Chiang Mai and out east to Chiang Rai and Chiang Khong to make the border crossing  over to Laos at the Friendship bridge over the Mekong river at a small border town called NongKhai. A two day boat trip down the Mekong then ensues, to a town in Laos called Pakbeng, stopping overnight. The following day the boat trip continues until we disembark and head out to Luang Prabang. However in the interim, I have to gain some motivation to do an “on-line” application for a subsequent border crossing at a later date, into Myanmar.

C37 here in Bangkok today, clear blue skies and busy busy down the Khao San Road. Traders, stall holders, massage parlours, bars, eateries, hookers, hawkers, beggars,  and bible bashers, all in an undulating, pulsating ephemeral tide.

Checked into “Thai Garden House”  19.04.17, which is, as Thai descriptions go more generally, “never knowingly undersold.” However, everything and everyone seem to rub along well together. Time spent here is dedicated to “Chillin’, Relaxing & Planning”.

The Thai Garden House Hostel is a traditional old wooden clapperboard property which has kinda’ been overpowered by subsequent development. However undaunted “Mr.Thai” the owner, works assiduously to keep customers happy.

The trip north by bus, ensues at (19:30pm) Monday evening. Chiang Mai was missed last time one was here, so once there, will provide an excellent opportunity to head east into Laos.

A decision has yet to be made how to get to Laos. There are two possibilities via the Mekong river,(9hours fast boat…or 2 days slow boat). However, one has been advised to reject the “fast option” as too dangerous. Apparently, there have been many accidents, with boats hitting rocks in the river, capsizing and throwing occupants and luggage overboard!!!

Alternatively, one could fly to Vientiane (southern Laos) or go overland to Luang Prabang.

Just discovered, subsequent to having bought overland tickets north, (isn’t it always the way..) that flights are available to fly to Yangon (Myanmar) for £25!!!! from Bangkok. Anyway, coming back to Bangkok after Laos, to pick up some luggage we left behind to lighten our burden. Therefore, leaving Myanmar a considered option for later.

Yeh!!! 1920’s rocks!!!

On a completely separate note, I got some “RayBan “Gatsby”” sunglasses as a birthday present from my two daughters and their husbands…..What do you think?????…mmmmmm

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