Ok, so as usual things didn't go as planned. The buses to Chiang Saen/Golden Triangle/Chiang Khong were all full. Luckily we managed to find a travel agents who gave us a package deal to Laos that night, so we managed to leave the same night and had a tiring journey to Laos.We had a minibus for several hours, then a random room for a few hours rest, then sorting out the visa, and then the 2 day slow boat to Luang Prabang...however we have finally arrived and it's a awesome, chilled out place.
Over the last week I seem to have developed an addiction to daily cheap 1hr massages costing a couple pounds, and I think because of price differences outside Asia, I'm going to have to quit cold turkey and I can't see it being pretty.
We plan on staying in Laos for a around 12 days I think. In Luang Prabang I think we are going to go kyaking to the caves one day, and then moutain biking to the waterfalls another day, as well as visiting/staying with a hill tribe for a few days. Then after that we had to Vang Vienn(?) to do the renown tubing!
So far my travels have gone great and I'm enjoying every second of it!