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Best Internet in Luang Prabang

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Friday, February 22nd, 2008 Latitude: 19.895888N Longitude: 102.14227E

Travelling with your Laptop has become somewhat normal judging from the number of people I meet in the few places in Luang Prabang offering WiFi. There are several different spots and the price schedules ranges from free access for all to free access if you consume for more than 60.000 Kip (about 6 US$) to those who charge 5000 Kip (often for poor bandwidth.)

As I have to keep in touch with my homebase and also work on internet related projects while I am here in Luang Prabang, getting on to the internet is crucial. After several trials, the one place I found to be the best overall is the LasiCuisine on the main road, next to the Green Discovery Office. The food is good (try the chicken sandwich!), the drinks are good, the staff is friendly, the wireless just works (!) and the bandwidth is acceptable and most importantly pretty stabile compared to most places. Downsides: The coffee is weak, and they seem to only have one CD, so if Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Lionel Richie are not your favourites for a day long “repeat all”… Apart from this the LasiCuisine is just the right place to call Office while in Luang Prabang.

PhouPou Monthira, the boss at LasiCuisine, where the WiFi is as good as the top special dishes on the menue…

Pictures/Bilder from/aus Laos 2008

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Thursday, February 21st, 2008 Latitude: 19.895888N Longitude: 102.142274E

Luang Prabang, Mekong, Wasserfälle

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 Latitude: 19.891994N Longitude: 102.134743E

Walking around Luang Prabang and making excursions into the area, taking pictures. You might like to switch to “Satellite” for better imagery, the maps aren’t really accurate.

Unterwegs in Luang Prabang und Umgebung. Die Karte lässt sich auf Satellitensicht schalten, dann werden die Bilder genauer verortet. Viel Spaß!

Sleepin’ in the radio…

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Saturday, February 9th, 2008 Latitude: 17.9666N Longitude: 102.609665E

Radio Tower Vientiane Laos

Just arrived in Vientiane, Laos, where I will be training journalists of Lao National Radio for the next 3 weeks. We, my colleague Helmut and I, are accommodated right next to the current radio house in the historic broadcasting house now turned into the “Day Inn” hotel. If you ever dreamt of sleepin’ in the radio, this is probably as close as you can get.

Motorcycling Katmandu Valley II

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 Latitude: 27.773481387145207N Longitude: 85.27450561523438E

While I am already back in Germany, I still have a lot of movie clips and pictures left from my trip to Nepal to share. So here’s some notes and a little clip from my last full day in Katmandu. We stopped working on Friday and I had been able to again organise a motorcycle to go for a day trip the next morning, swapping the noisy, chaotic city for the beautiful mountains surrounding the Valley.

This time around, I was lucky: I had found a dirt bike, a 185 cc Honda. Much more comfortable for my size and also feeling safer in the traffic of the Nepalese capitol as you generally sit more upright. I started off from the hotel and payed a second visit to the Boudha Stupa, the huge Tibetan-Buddhist sanctuary on the north-east of the city. From there it was back on to the infamous ring road. After almost a half circle around the city, I turned right onto a road leading into the mountains. Immediately traffic died down to the occasional motorcycle, car or one of the notoriously overbooked overland busses with people riding on the roof. The road was in a state comparably well to what I had been riding on the week before: Few potholes, good tarmac. Beautiful views and quiet interesting encounters…

Turnaround point was a fish farm by the side of the road. Using the water coming down the mountains the “farmer” was breeding rainbow trout. He showed me around the steep arrangement of basins with the fish in different age and size. He hasn’t done anything like it before, but returning from the US and Canada, where he had lived for many years, he got interested in it and started his own business. Not an easy undertaking, he confessed, as the road conditions make transportation a real challenge: It is still easier to wait for people finding the farm, the fish, and the lunch that can be enjoyed on the nice spot than bringing the fish to where the people are.