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China, Tibet, Nepal, Thailand and Laos

created by colin on 2012-01-11

China, Tibet, Nepal, Thailand and Laos
This trip traces a journey I took during the summer of 2003. Landing in Shanghai, I crossed China by rail to Chengdu, from where I took a flight to the holy city of Lhasa. For the next three weeks, I traveled across Tibet, making stops in Shigatse (Xigatse), Tingri, Nam-Tso Lake, Mt. Everest Base Camp, Nyalam and Jongmu, before crossing the Nepalese border and hitching a ride to Kathmandu. From there, I flew to Bangkok, then journeyed through northern Thailand on my way to Laos. Crossing over after a few nights in the town of Pai (Bai), I took the slow boat to Luang Prabang, visited Luang Nam Tha, and visited the northern city of Udomxai, before taking a Lao Airlines flight to Vientienne. Following two days and nights of prawns, noodles and sunset rounds of tasty Beer Lao, I took an overnight bus back to Bangkok for my flight back to the U.S.
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    Shanghai

    60 votes

    City

    This former colonial city of 18 million people is now home to one of the world’s greatest concent...

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    Chengdu

    5 votes

    City

    Chengdu (Chinese: 成都; Sichuanese: Cengtu UK: , US: , Standard Mandarin: [ʈʂʰə̌ŋ.tú] (listen)), fo...

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    Lhasa

    6 votes

    City

    just cool

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    Shigatse

    3 votes

    City

    Shigatse, officially known as Xigazê (Tibetan: གཞིས་ཀ་རྩེ་; Chinese: 日喀则; pinyin: Rìkāzé; Nepali:...

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    Kathmandu

    22 votes

    City

    No wonder the Dalai Lama likes it so much. More than 6,000 feet high, Kathmandu is the capital of ...

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    Bangkok

    174 votes

    City

    An unusual metropolis full of hidden gems. Abandon the throng of glassy-eyed farang watching “The ...

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    Chiang Mai

    41 votes

    City

    Ancient and Very Modern, Too. For all the conveniences of Bangkok without a great deal of the nois...

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    Pai

    11 votes

    City

    Thailand at its greenest

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    Northern Thailand

    2 votes

    Region

    Northern Thailand is geographically characterised by several mountain ranges, which continue from...

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    Luang Prabang

    28 votes

    City

    The jewel of Indochina. Luang Prabang, like the rest of communist Laos, was rarely visited by west...

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    Luang Nam Tha

    1 votes

    City

    Get trekking. Travellers who don't have much time on their hands go trekking in Chiang Mai, and as...

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    Vientiane

    15 votes

    City

    Vientiane (in Lao - Viang-chan) is the very quiet capital of Laos. Somehow "Europeans" put an "S"...

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