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Muang Vangviang, Laos - Laotian landscape

PATIENCE and DETERMINATION!!!  It sure does pay off when you possess these very important qualities!!

Finally, things turned around for us, as far as hitchhiking was concerned!!!

We managed to catch a couple of rides when leaving Louang Prabang, before hitting the jackpot . . . and it was the BIG one!!

We had the great pleasure of being picked up by a couple of EXTRAORDINARY women!!  Presenting Cartoon and Mon!!!  :)

Wish I could say they were from Laos, but no they’re from Thailand!!  :)  A plus, in my book!!!

These two lovely businesswomen were heading to the capital, and must’ve felt sorry for us when they saw us waiting along the road, so they stopped and picked us up!!  GREAT!!!

And it was quite the adventure along the way! 

We had great conversation, as Cartoon had the English language "down pack" and was a great translator, which worked out wonderfully for us when it came to talking to Mon, her sister.

Muang Vangviang, Laos - Rice paddy fields

Arnaud had the opportunity to drive a good bit, since Mon was a bit tired and entrusted him with her vehicle.  Fun for him!

Made a few stops along the way, to take some great shots of the landscape and we also made a quick stop in Vang Viang for a bite to eat.

Gosh, how happy we were to have met these two incredible ladies!!!  Not only were they a blast, their kindness blew us away!!

And they knew exactly where to go to get good food!!!  Finally some decent food in Laos!! 

Now I gotta take back all the bad talk I did about the food here, because what we ate with these ladies was incredible!!!

I guess you gotta know where to go!!  And they certainly did!! 

As for Vang Viang, if it weren’t for the terrific food we had there, I probably wouldn’t remember this place at all.

Muang Vangviang, Laos - Hard at work

Apparently it’s a great party town, and lots of tourists come here exactly for that reason. 

And well, since we’re no longer the big partying type because we really can’t afford to, we really had no particular desire to stay here. 

Don’t think we missed much either!!  But if you’re into that scene, you might want to make a quick stop here . . .

C’était toujours autant difficile le stop, de part le manque de voiture mais il y avait aussi un manque de communication évident.

Certaines personnes s’arrêtaient mais ne nous comprenaient pas.

C’était assez frustrant. Mais comme toujours, le facteur chance apparut au moment où on l’attendait pas.

Deux Thaïlandaises s’arrêtèrent et aller eux aussi traverser le pays.

Elles me laissèrent même conduire toute la journée, les pauvres, elles étaient fatiguées.

On s’arrêta quelque fois pour prendre quelques photos souvenirs.

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