Egil’s Travel Log

Travelling Asia, one country at a time

Merry Christmas ( God jul ! ) to everyone ! ! ! ! !

Merry Christmas (God jul!) to everyone!!!!!


I just want to use the oppurtunity to wish you and your family a very merry Xmas from me, currently in Taipei - Taiwan.
 
I've been quite tired the last weeks, but feel better/more energy now... :)  but I've been travelling t fast to get time to sit down and write my travelstories in the last weeks,  so after Thailand I've visited Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Macao, Hong Kong(left HK today), and now I stay in Taiwan for about a (short) week...
 
my plan is so far to go to Tokio at the 30th dec (for a week), and then go S-Korea....  the last week/10days in january I plan to stay in China before I go home to Stavanger (and an army winter-excersice in the Norwegian HomeGuard..)
 
I will probably not get time to the same lenght of stories on these countries while I'm stll on my travel, but I will write more about mytravel then I get home as well,...  also,  if there is any request on other ti\opics you would like to read of (or get me to write) - you can give my suggestions and ideas...  ( i.e: comparing accomadations, comparing food, how I feel travelling alone, where was ppl most friendly, how I do/feel this or that,   anything,  just ask... and I will decide if I like the idea....)
 
any way,  I wish you all the best for the xmas and new year... and take care :)
 
 
Egil
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Short visit in Thailand...

Short visit in Thailand...


Well, to be honest, I only was in Thailand to get into Myanmar (Burma)... so I only planned a few days there to get my ticket. but as I was there, I had to see a little bit... so I decided to see Chang Rai, and Chang Mai (whitch many decribe as a Mekka for travellers).

Anouther reason I did not plan much travel in Thailand this time was because I was travelling alone, and I expect plenty of oppurtunities later to go to Thailand on a beach holiday later with friends, so I would rather use more time in all the other more "unusual vacation-targets" like Myanmar.

I decided to give at least northern Thailand a chance a few days before I went to Myanmar...

Comming into Thailand from across the Mekong River from Laos, I want straight to find the local bus to Chang Rai./ Thailand seamed like a half world apart from Laos, even it was just on the other side of the river..... Thailand was really much more developed, and happily, there was no much sales pressure here, so it was really pleseant to walk around. (Even it was hot :) )

The busride went with no problems, and then I came in to Chang Rai, I decided to follow one of the hotel-sellers who promiced the lot (you can always trust to at least not expect half of what they promice). I was really positively surpriced then I saw Bernard (an Irish I met on the slowboat and villages up the river from Laos) and "his two girls". :) So after some nice hours strawl in the nice and relaxed city of Chang Rai, we all decided to take a tour around the aria next day, arraged by the hotel.

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So next day we + a japanese girl all went around to see the Golden Triangle (Where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meets in a triangle, the opium museum, and the facinating Long-neck Karen-tribe. Also me, Bernard and Kana (the japaneese) decided to take a littel trip into Myanmar (Burma) for half an hour and a beer, - so I got a good chance to ask the officers on the border if I could travel inlands in Myanmar as I was planning.... and the answer was no... :(
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The trip was a nice one, and next morning I went to Chang Mai on a bus, and we was stopped by the police, who checked all asianlooking persons on the bus to look for burmeese run-aways.... Luckyly they didnt find me... ;)

Chang Mai was yet anouther positive surprice in Thailand, except for the really difficulty about finding a place to buy tickets to Myanmar. So because didn't find a ticket as fast as I wanted, I ended up spending my days in Chang Mai at the markeds, and talking with friends I met here... (from S-Korea, Puerto Rico and my "old friend" Aaron, with whom I travelled in Laos.) We even took our self a little trip around some of the bars in Chang Mai, and espesialy the last night was nice, going to a nightclub where there was more locals than tourists.
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All in all it was a nice little stop in Thailand, and I look back to see more in Thailand at a later time, then I go with friends, espesially to do some trekks around Chang Mai.

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Lots of updates!

Lots of updates!

You’ll find Egil’s updated chart of Plans and progress here.

There are also some new pictures in the Egil the Viking gallery.

Even more exciting; there are 16 pictures from Thailand in a new gallery!

But, the most important thing, above you’ll find Egil’s most recent story, this time from Thailand. This is quite a lot at once, so enjoy :-)

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Roar
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Excitingly relaxing Laos...

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Excitingly relaxing Laos...


Then the time was come for me to visit Laos, a country I actuelly started to read about in my travelguide on the flight to Vientiane, - the capital...
 
First thought was that this was HOT! - I could feel meself melting on the runway...,  and that pretty much stayed like this rest of the day/week... It was much hotter in Laos than any place I'v been so fare...  maybe also the lack of closeness to the sea had something to that feeling? 
 
I met anouther lone traveller on the airplaine, Aaron, and we decided to join forces and share a room in Vientiene, and we got a good room in a very new hotel at the riverside.
 
I think there is no other capital like Vientiane anywhere in the world (even I only seen a few...) This city is so quiet, that anywhere else it would have been counted as a "dead" city...  Barely no activity in the streets, and little traffic...
 
I was relly impressed on hoe little pressure there was from shops and sellers, it was almost like noone cared to sell anything...  it was really a relaxing atmosphere :)  , and the sunset at the Mekong River....
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Really nice !!!!   Really a peaceful town, and maybe a nice place for lovers/couple, ... the town will leave lots of time to enjoy any friendship without to much influence... ;-)    Only real strang thing was that there actually were quite a few shemales... :s
 
next Stop was Vang Vieng, - a real backpackers heaven, especially for those intrrested in pure fun-for-fun-sake, happy pizzas, long hours watching reruns of friends with friends in horisontal chairs, partying and relaxing without any thoughts of the outside world...  I certainly want to go back there later, if I'm not travelling alone...  But I felt it was not my place to use my traveltime this time (especially while on antibiotics), so I took the first bus out next morning,
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 leaving Aaron a note... :)
 
I decided to go to Phonsavanh to the the "Plain of Jars" (Norwegian: Krukkesletta). (
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Actually there is more than one field of Jars, and in this city we (me and a chech couple) organized a tour the next day with a tourcompany to see the 3 main fields + a Hmong minority village...  Very nice tour, and me and an english traveller both took lots of fun photoes at/with/under/in/on top of/becide/over the Jars :) I turned out to be a really nice day at the Jars :)
 
Luckyly we (again we and the chech couple) got lift with a private car to Luang Prabang the same evening, so we saved one day of travelling (all busses in Laos goes in daytime, so I could not do as in Vietnam, and do the travelling at night, and saving the days...
 
So we came late to Luang Prabang, and nothing much else to do but going to find a place to stay the night...  pretty full the first places, so I basicly took the first offer. Took a stroll around the city, whith looked really nice, and used a couple of hours on the terrace together with the other travellers... sharing stories and fishing for info about what to do in Luang Prabang the next day... I already decided to only sta one day (two nights) here, and then take the 2 days slow boat to the Thai border the next morning.
 
So next day I used to walk around the city a little, get my 8.74 Gb with files burned on two DVD's, and visit the most impressive temple/wat in the city/town. There was many temples/wats in L/P/, but after soon two months in Asia,
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 temples is a bit same, same but different for me... But the streets in L.P are really nice and friendly.
 
The afternoon I used to take a tour to one of the waterfalls outside L.P, whitch was definitly a great decition :),  Really a nice experience to walk and swin at/beneat the falls, - really a beautuful place... - I only wish I had someone to travel with at this time,.. some places are just more suited to be visited by more than one alone ;) 
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I really enjoyed my time there, and wish I had better time to soak in the amazing water.
 
The last two days in Laos I used to take a SlowBoat to the Thai border northwest in Laos. It was really a peaceful journey, with a beautiful view over the riverside of Mekong all the way...  and some crazy FastBoats (speepboats) passing us time after time...
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 The boattrip was used to reading, playing games, take photoes, eating, study the views, planning ahead, tellig/listening to stories, jokes and so on...  Also we were 4 ppl having cardgame, where the looser had to sing a song for the whole boat....  and soon "Oppna landskap" was heard loudly on the Mekong River... ;)
 
The worst thing in Laos was the ending, - the SlowBoat the second day suddenly for no reason was S L O W E R  than usual several hours, so strangely we missed the chance to cross the border to Thailand by a short half hour... :(   Next time I take a FastBoat the second day... ;s ....   But it did not ruin the impession must, it still was enjoyable the last night... :-)
 
All in All.... Laos was amazing,  and I REALLY want to go back here (with friends) to relax and enjoy, and hike in this beautiful country....
 
So far Laos is as a country , - on the top of my list over positive adventures :)
 
 
Egil,
currently in Thailand
- going to Burma / Myanmar...

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New Viking pictures

New Viking pictures


We’ve now added some pictures to the Viking gallery.

Also added a NEW gallery, with pictures from Laos. There are actually 84 pictures there, so go and check them out!

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Roar
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New page - Links

New page - Links

We’ve now created a new section, for links. First off is a link to an organization called Bike for Peace, located in Norway. Check it out!

We’ve also added a page for you to send us relevant links.

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