A travel blog of a journey that I started in 2010 and I don't know when it will end ...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Luang Prabang

Get to Luang Prabang it's been difficult. The road was close becouse the rain. Long Cue and the road transformed as a market and play zone... in 10 hours you can do a lot of things! At least the landscape was very pretty...



I started the book Mr Nice by Howard Marks.

At the bus I meet Richard, Natalie, Cris i Paul (UK), Sara (NZ), and Jordana (Canada). We arribe at Luang Prabang arround 4 in the morning!
We end at the same Guest House. We went to see the monks arround the streets of Luang Prabang and we rest.

The city is so cute thanks to be sorrouned by the big Mekong river, houses with french style and busdist temples everywhere.
Next morning, I went for a run and after breakfast, we went to visit the Kouangxi Water Fall (Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls) an espectaculars waterfalls with some swiming areas... so refreshing!

This city is a relax city. I walk trought the market, fruit shake, Vegetarian buffet...

Some Photos (or fotos.elviatgedelsergi.com)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Keep doing my way

It's been 90 days since I left Tarragona. Today it's time to relax and recharge batteries, so, do like sunday.
My sensations about my trip are very goods. The day by day of the traveller is quite good as well. Every new city/villa it's a new adventure, with new people, new things to discover and do, new option to choose,...
What I amb seeing is that I'm changing the way to programm the things... Since few weeks ago I liked to have some plants for the next week, and now, I am looking for what I'm going to do today, and I will see what I'll do tomorrow.
I Know the direccion (north = south of china), but the way I will do it on the way...

Rain and it's sunny at the same time in Luang Prabang.

Regards,

Sergi

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Vang Vieng

This village follows the Mekong river and surrounded by rocky mountains with plenty of caves and lagoons to swim.
And also... a lot of accommodations, restaurants, tolls to get to the bridge and caves...
I liked the first part.

It's been raining 3 days! It's time to have some rain in my trip, isn't it???

I went to walk about 20 km around the surroundings of Vang vieng to Tham Poukham Cave, and i swim in a nice lagoon (...raining). One friend of mine would say "The world is for the brave"


At Champa Lao Guesthouse, I meet Tomas and Claudia (Sweden and Chile) and we share talks and meals with Dominique and Linda (Switzerland EUA/Jamaica)


I do Raiki with Claudia...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Vientiane

It's been hard to leave Vietnam. More than 26 hours by non-comfortable bus. 26 hours incluiding an hour and a half cose a breakdown and another hour waiting for the open time of the Laos border...


I can say it was entertaining see how they put more and more people where you can say is impossible.
The Backpacks at the roof with a lot of staff to be deliver...

After all this, dinner and sleep hours and hours... I'm at Vientiane!
Next morning, bike. I go to the chinise embassy to ask for the Visa (I've got it in 24h!)
After I do the visit to the capital of Lao (Pah That Luang, Patuxai, etc..)
And at the afternoon with a danish couple, I go to visit the Budda Park (Van Xieng Khuan) about 25 km from the centre of Vientiane, and it worth... a garden next to the river with all kinds of budda's.


Next day rains a lot... I decide to do the ride to the embassy with the bike... and then the bus to VangVien.

Some Photos (or fotos.elviatgedelsergi.com)
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Hanoi 2.0

I came back from the mountains of Sa Pa to Hanoi.
At the Hotel I meet the Bruno's friends (Mireia, Maria i Lidia), and they came with Lucas and Alex to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex.
I want to do a 2 days trip to Halong Bay (the famous and turistic islands at the north coast of vietnam)... and I can't.
There is a tifon at the south-coast of China going to Halong Bay! I try to do a 1 day trip inested but they cancel for security reasons...
Maybe I have to not see it...

So, I visit the Vietnam Revolution Museum, Hoa Lo Prison, streets, squares, restaurants... not bad, no??

Next stop, Laos...


Some Photos (or fotos.elviatgedelsergi.com)

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sapa

I arrive to Sa Pa and it was raining a little with a very comfortable temperature.

The first day I go to walk to Cát Cát Village and surrounding. The landscape is so beautifull! I needed some mountains time!
Next day I do a two days trip doing overnight at Lao Chai Sang. The group is 7 people... Alberto and Soraya (Zaragoza), Jordi and Karen (Manresa i Tarragona!), Alex (the french girl we meet in Hanoi) and Lucas.
It Worth. The rice fields, the bamboo forest, the swims at the river and the people you meet on the way...

When we came back to Sa Pa we had to pick up 3 more people from another trip... They were the Brunos friends...

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Hanoi

I liked Hanoi. Noisy City, dirty and with a traffic that puts you nerve and disconcerting ...
With its theme streets, cafes and restaurants, temples and communists monuments and markets that are transformed according to the time of day ...
At the sleeping bus (14h from Hue) I meet Flor, Pablo and Juan (Argentina and Spain), and in Hanoi we meet again in the same acommodation where I also meet Alex (France)...

The world cup final we saw with Bruno and a friends of him. The Irish pub was plenty of holland and english people...
Barça won!

Now 10 hours of train (with soft seats) to Lao Cai for go to Sa Pa...

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Hue

Old imperial city, Hue conserve inside the Citadella a nice rithme quite diferent of the rest of the city.
A part of visit the ruins of the Citadella and some other temple, I went throgh the coast with the motorbike the less transit roads doing few stops at the beach.
In Vietnam is what you have to do.. go away a little of the turistic itineraries alow you to see another reality.
I folow the semifinal Espanya-Alemanya... The first half in my room, and the second half at the street with 15 people and one laptop connected via satelit becouse at 3 o'clock at night the electricity went away in all Hue...

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Great Hoi An!

Hoi An is a tiny and quite city, famous for the food and taylors that they make whatever you want in less than 24h....


The Old town of Hoi An is so pretty! You can visit few old traditional chinist houses.
We find a very nice accommodation... the Hoang Trinh Hotel (a tripadvisor)