Two of our favourite people in the world, Asha's brother Joel and his awesome girlfriend Lilli, decided to pay us a week long visit in Vietnam.
Lilli got in touch with Ryan a few weeks beforehand to put the plan into action - but Asha had no idea they were coming, until late at night on our last day in Hanoi, there was a knock at the door........
Thanks a bunch to Joel and Lilli. We had a ball with you, and we started missing you straight after you left.
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Asha and Ryan (http://www.ashaandryan.com), April 2012
Crossing into Laos in the far north (from Thailand), Asha and I took the slow boat down the Mekong to Luang Prabang before venturing up the Ou River to visit rural villages and witness a boat racing festival.
Returning to charming Luang Prabang, we got involved in the three day long New Year's festivities (a giant watertight), before heading to Vang Vieng and Vientiane.
We rented scooters and did the Thakhek loop, a 450 km loop around central Laos, and rode a canoe through the 7.5km long Konglor cave.
After a stop off in Pakse, we made it to Si Phan Don (4000 Islands), before our time was up.
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Asha and I decided to do the Thakhek loop, a 450 km motorbike circuit around central Laos. Having never ridden motorbikes (or scooters) before, this was a dubious decision. Read out extensive blog post on it here: http://www.ashaandryan.com/2012/05/the-scooter-diaries-doing-the-thakhek-loop/
But it turned out to be one of the best parts of our trip. Riding our bikes through small villages, waving at kids and willing our bikes to make it up and over winding hill-roads - it was something we will always remember.
Heading down dusty, bumpy mountain roads in searing heat and checking the scrawled map to try and figure out where we were was, as dad would say, "character building stuff".
The highlight of the four day trip was the Konglor cave - a canoe trip up a 7.5km underground river - pitch dark and winding our way through a mountain.
Screw tubing, this is the best thing to do in Laos.
Thanks to Cake, ACDC, Joy Division and Journey for not caring that we used your tracks on this. You need the publicity anyway.
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The second video mash of our south-east asian adventure.
This month we are still in Thailand, taking our sweet time to travel from Bangkok up to Chiang Mai on the sleeper train, visiting the hidden hippy chill out village of Pai, and hanging out in Chiang Rai, before heading for the border with Laos.
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As we travel across south-east Asia, we are filming a few seconds each day to give our family and friends a glimpse of what we have been upto.
Hopefully this video inspires someone to save some coin, quit their job and see the world. Its really cheap. Don't believe me? Read this: http://www.ashaandryan.com/2012/03/paradise-budget-cheap-island-adventures-thailand/
This video shows the start of our adventure, through Nepal, Singapore and southern Thailand.
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