High Mountain passes

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We were up just in time to see the morning alms just before we left Luang Prabang

Today we left the beautiful Luang Prabang and headed south to Vang Vieng.  The bus journey took us through some fantastic mountain scenery and along some long and high mountain passes.  The first four hours of the journey was literally bend after bend going either up or down and it's a wonder the whole bus wasn't sick.  We passed by many interesting villages with thatched roofs and bamboo weaved walls. 

Passing through this wonderful country, it is amazing to think that Laos is supposedly the most bombed country in the world.  We haven't seen any evidence of it as most of this is east of the country towards the border with Vietnam.  During the Vietnam war  Laos and Cambodia both declared themselves neutral countries.  However, both countries, particularly Laos were bombed by the United States without the rest of the world knowing, becoming known as the 'secret war'.  One surviving Lao villager remembers 'bombs raining down like a farmer sows his seed.'  Entire villages were wiped out by the bombing campaign.

We arrived in Vang Vieng and were less than impressed.  We knew it had become somewhat of a hotspot for backpackers but it was almost too touristy for our liking, with too many TV bars and neon lights.  It's setting, however, is lovely with the river and the mountains surrounding it.

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We were up just in time to see the…
We were up just in time to see th…
Some Laos scenery
Some Laos scenery
Laos Scenery on journey to Vang Vi…
Laos Scenery on journey to Vang V…
Local barber shop!
Local barber shop!
The view from our Guest House Balc…
The view from our Guest House Bal…
Rickety Bridge
Rickety Bridge
One of the many TV bars
One of the many TV bars
Vang Vieng
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