Today we returned to the southern hemisphere, this time to a country that we’ve both wanted to visit for a long time. With around 20,000 islands stretching from the Indian ocean to the west of Malaysia all the way to the northern most tip of eastern Australia, a population of over 240 million (the fourth most populous in the world) and a multitude of languages, religions and landscapes, there’s certainly a lot to see and do.
We recently spent nine days living on Haad Yao Beach on the Thai island of Koh Pha Ngan. Living meters away from a powder white sandy beach, with calm, gin clear water and pale blue cloudless skies was bliss, but it did have its ups and downs.
We entered Laos at the Chiang Khong / Huay Xai border crossing after being told that our Thai visas had expired, and so with a new adventure ahead of us, we decided to embrace this mis-hap in our plans and take the slow-boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, a journey that we had wanted to take back in 2010.