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Hard mattresses and chicken soup
November 13, 2011 - Nam Tha, Laos
Northern Laos is not a place for the faint-hearted. The mountains roll on forever and the views are spectacular. But along with the beauty comes the harshness of living in such an environment. Yesterday I returned from spending three days with minority Khmu tribes in small villages as the solo paying member of a Green Discovery tour. The first...
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Zip da de do dah, zip da de day
November 9, 2011 - Nam Tha, Laos
After a solid day of zip lining yesterday, a partial sighting of a gibbon and a definite sighting of a giant black squirrel, it is nice to be in a town with a few creature comforts - like my first hot shower since arriving in Laos. We saw the giant black squirrel from our treehouse just before we headed out on a morning trek up the side of a...
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Do do do the funky gibbon
November 8, 2011 - Nam Tha, Laos
(with apologies to The Goodies...) It's about 6.30am and the mist is starting to lift as dawn breaks over the jungle. Lots of birds are singing, but there's no sign of gibbons. Yesterday our group of 11 met at the Gibbon Experience headquarters in Huay Xai at 8am. I had just finished a delicious banana pancake and fresh fruit for breakfast and...
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