Last day of my trip today :-( looking forward to the cold dark winter in England: but hey New York for Christmas with Cathy. Failed to get to the forensic science museum in Bangkok where they have the t - shirt exhibit of a man stabbed to death by a dildo. Did manage to get to the fertility shrine though which took some finding.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Back in the Big Mango again for two days. Flew from Ubon this morning with Air Asia. Managed to avoid the protests and the tear gas it seems to have calmed down a bit, maybe due to the Kings birthday tomorrow. Staying in Thonburi at Focal Local, it's a good location away from the tourist areas. Going to find the night market again tonight and tomorrow some surprise destinations.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Monday, 2 December 2013
Today I hired a car and driver and visited the Bolaven Plateau. The area is famous for its coffee and tea plantations as well as some outstanding waterfalls. I had a light lunch of papaya salad washed down with a Beer Lao. Tomorrow I'm off across the border to Thailand, but I am going to make sure I have another of those duck noodle soups before the bus leaves.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Left Don Khone this morning at 11:00 to get the boat and bus to Pakse. Actually felt quite sad to leave. The pure unadulterated relaxation of the place got to me in the end. Uneventful trip to Pakse - bus one hour late, par for the course. Have booked a day trip to the Bolaven Plateau tomorrow. Staying at the Alisa in Pakse - a whole 15USD! On the rooftop terrace of the Pakse Hotel again. This time Mai Thai in hand.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Did very little today. Said goodbye to Hannah, Lewis, Gina and Charlotte who were on there way to the north, it was nice meeting them. Had lunch at the open air restaurant just by the guesthouse. Read my book, listened to some music. Cycled to the little waterfall and now just wondering what to have for dinner - it's a hard life
Thursday, 28 November 2013
More cycling today. Went back to the falls this morning with a group of people I met at the guesthouse last night. Then over the French Bridge to Don Det for a look around. Back at guesthouse for lunch and perhaps another bike ride this afternoon. Lazy days.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Today I cycled the 2.5k to Tat Somphamit falls. It was here that the French Mekong Exploration Commission realised they would never be able to navigate the Mekong as a trading route from Cambodia to China. Then cycled further 4k to small village on the other side of the island. Will go for a cycle in the other direction when I have eaten my fish laap and sticky rice and drunk my dark Beer Laos.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Had two of the best dishes I have had in Laos in the last couple of days - Me Kong river fish soup and chicken curry soup with potatoes. Off to Don Kone in the morning
Monday, 25 November 2013
Today I have travelled in a tuk tuk (journey abandoned due to CAT digging up road), motorbike, boat, minibus and another boat. I finally arrived at Don Khong at about lunchtime. Staying in Pons River Guesthouse with a nice terrace overlooking the Me Kong. To say this place is sleepy is an understatement, however that is exactly what I want. I changed some dollars at the bank which involved a very long sighted guy falling out two forms in triplicate using carbon paper. This was then checked by a colleague who passed it to the cashier who checked it again before giving me 1,267,521 kip... That's just short of 100GBP.
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Today I visited the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vatphu. A khmer temple complex originating in the 5th century. Dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva the Hindu gods. Built up the side of the imposing Phu Kao mountain. It was stunning. I got there in a shared tuk tuk with Jean Michael a French guy living in Switzerland. Think I'll just relax by the side of the Me Kong with a book this afternoon. Off early to Don Khong tomorrow.
Today has been a quiet one. I left Liverpool on Wednesday and today is the first day without travel. Left Pakse in a minivan for the one and a half hour trip here. Hard to believe that this sleepy riverside town used to be the seat of the Laos royal family until relatively recently. Inthira Guest house is a refined bit of luxury (my last for a while). Lunched at Champasak with Love on the side of the river. Off to Wat Phu tomorrow to see the extensive kymer temple ruins.