Vietnam, Laos and Thailand in 2008...with the Olivetts travel blog

Telephone wires - view from guest house balcony in Savannakhet (photo by...

Tuk-tuks lined up along the riverside road in Savannakhet

Mekong River, looking at Thailand

Nice restaurant!

Coconut bird nests

Catholic Church in Savannakhet (photo by Tony)

Pretty...

French-style architecture

About to board the bus for Pakse

The bus before it got filled up (with 10 or so 100lb...

Barbequed skewered meat for sale at village stops

Buying through the bus windows

Mom and son waving to Tony and Vinny on the bus

This woman is smiling at the boys -- she gave them a...

Behind the bus, pulling out after a village stop

Dry rice paddies in the foreground; green and growing paddies in the...

Unloading the bus just outside of Pakse

Unloading Tim's bike


"I woke up at 7:00 in the morning and felt awful. Eventually I went into my mom and dad's room and threw up all over their bed. I took a shower and slept for another hour. Then I got up and we went to eat. I only took 2 bites. Then we packed and went to the bus station. We got on an overcrowded bus. They shoved a huge bag of garlic under my feet (it was the size of me). It made my feet stink. Then we had a 5-hour ride." -Vin

"All I can say is, I'll never be able to look garlic in the eye again. But the bus ride was a good example of how Lao-life really is." -Tony

Question # 3: We traveled by bus from Savannekhet to Pakse, Laos: about 215 kilometers. How many miles is that?

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