4000 islands, paradise in the Mekong river

Wednesday 4th November Si Phan Don = 4000 Islands is sooooo mellow and laid-back.... :-))) I've got my private bamboo bungalow on the island called Don Khon(e) with a porch and hammock and beach chairs overlooking the Mekong, sunset side... Life on the islands is slow and friendly... good food and drinks... The Australians :-/

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Back to Pakse

3rd November - back to Pakse Back to the hub in the south: Pakse. Slept late, had an easy-going breakfast in Tat Lo at Tim's restaurant, which is run by a nice guy Soulideth and his wife Tim. Soulideth speaks very good English and has been collecting jazz music for over 20 years, which he …

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Tat Lo waterfall

- EDIT in 2015 - In hindsight I would not ride an elephant, with the knowledge I have today, nor recommend others doing that. At the time I did not know how uncomfortable and unnatural it is for the elephant. I thought it was a lot like riding horses. I now understand why my elephant …

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Loooong bus ride to Pakse

31st October - bus trip Thakhek - Pakse This day turned out to be a loooong one. I wanted to do the 6-7 hour bus ride south, from Thakhek to Pakse. Some locals had told Ilse and me that buses started running in that direction early morning. But when I got to the station at …

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Back in Thakhek

30th October - Back from two day trip And spent a nice evening in Thakhek, which turned out to be much more lively after dark. Had a little chat with a vendor girl, with the help of my very useful Point It booklet. That booklet has proved very helpful and fun at times!   The …

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Konglor – 7 kilometer long cave

29th October - 7 km long Konglor Cave Today was the start of a two day trip to the Konglor cave and a waterfall, overnighting at a local family (homestay) in Ban Kong Lo. Looking back there may have been easier ways to arrange this trip in a more independent way. I thought that booking …

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Thakhek – base for trekking

27th October - bus to Thakhek I took a 5 hour bus ride from Vientiane to Thakhek (Tha Khaek). This time I made sure I had a good seat. It was a comfortable, enjoyable ride. Click here for some random scenery videos that I shot from the bus, mind the lovely kitsch music and video …

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