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Jan 23, 2012 - Pakse

So our plans have slightly changed for the next month so we are going to south to Cambodia first instead of going to Vietnam as a) we haven’t got our visas for Vietnam which will take 2 days and we will need to travel further south to get them and b) Its Chinese new year so everyone in Vietnam will be off for about 1 week and therefore we won’t be able to travel into/around Vietnam for a while and c) its more logical for us to do Cambodia first so we wouldn’t be backtracking on ourselves. So we headed further south to Pakse for a short...

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Jun 7, 2011 - Pakse

Away to Pakse!!! We got another bus for 3 hours there, a nice short trip for a change. Everyone who got off the bus in Pakse were all doing the same loop of town checking for a hotel room, quite funny seeing most people struggle around with massive backpacks. It makes us feel a bit smug at having our tiny and light backpacks! We ended up in a nice place by the river for only 50'000kip a night, about 3 pounds. (Hmmm, keyboards in Vietnam , where i am now, dont seem to have the pound sign!) It was evening by the time we were sorted and we...

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Dec 29, 2010 - Plateau du Bolaven

Nous voila déjà au Laos, le pays qui se trouve au nord du Cambodge. C’est le premier pays communiste que nous visitons mais les laosiens ont l’air bien plus « cools »que leurs voisins du Cambodge. Ici personne ne nous poursuit pour vendre quelque chose et même les chauffeurs de tuk-tuk nous laissent tranquille. Il nous arrive même d’être ignores dans certains restaurants locaux…A la ville de Pakse, au sud du pays, il fait bon, parfois froid. On nous avait conseille de visiter ici le fameux « Plateau du Bolaven », ce fertile plateau aux...

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Aug 14, 2010 - Pakxe

Christian: nachdem einige Beschwerden kamen, dass die Autorin zu negatv berichtet, werde ich den einen oder anderen Komentar ergaenzen. Nach einer Nachtfahrt in einer Konservenbuechse von Schlafbus sind wir morgens um sechs "gut gelaunt" in Pakxe angekommen. Eine Stadt im nirgendwo mit jedoch ueberraschend viel Flair fuer das Nichts. So kam frischgefangener Mekongfisch auf unsere Teller, ein Sonnenuntergang aus Hollywood auf dem einzigen Hochhaus dieser Stadt und die Erkenntnis, dass Laoten noch langsamer sind als wir dachten und ueberall...

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Apr 26, 2010 - Fourthousand Islands

i was already feeling a bit weird on the 3h busride and the boattrip to don det...and definitely not good enough to stay in one of these oven-bungalows made out of wood and bamboo with no electricity or bathroom. nearly collapsing on my way to find a proper bungalow...there was only one place on this island with bungalows that actually had aircondition...and thank god not that more expensive!!! spend the first 2 days of don det between toilet and bed throwing up pineapple :-( ( won't be eating that for a while!) after finding back to almost...

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Apr 24, 2010 - Pakse

with a very comfy vip sleeperbus i arrived in pakse this morning and was going to spend some time ringing people over skype...but again shit quality wherever you go :-( as there is not much to do in pakse itself, i took a daytrip to the bolaven plateau...which is an area outside of pakse with lots of coffee and tea plantations, ethnic villages and waterfalls in the forests. met a nice chinese couple on the trip, but unfortunately they are heading to cambodia...same for the irish girl i met on the sleeperbus :-( u actually do meet a lot of...

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Mar 10, 2010 - Bolaven Plateau

Foto's staan bij de 2 vorige berichtjes: Kratie/ Ban Lung, en Si Phan Don! 10-03-2010 We Verlaten de eilanden Don Khon/ Don Det met een bootje en de bus en binnen een paar uur zijn we in de volgende stad, Pakse. Vanaf hier zullen we een motorbike huren om een groot deel van het Bolaven Plateau (Zuid Laos) te gaan verkennen. Dat doen we samen met een Nederlandse jongen (Groningen), Tjardo genaamd, waar we nu al een paar dagen samen mee reizen, leuk, en gezellig! Eerst slapen we een nachtje in Pakse, (een stad waar verder niet iets te beleven...

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Jan 12, 2010 - Tim: Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse, Laos

Out and about early and on a bus bound for Laos. About half way (45 minutes) at Phibun Mangashan I had to change to a songthiew (pickup truck with benches in the bed) going to the frontier town of Chong Mek. This is where Tim's tour started and ironically I was the only one signed up. I was stamped out of Thailand rode across no-man's land and bought another Lao visa. Then I was inspected, neglected, dejected and had my passport and brand new visa stamped 85 times by a general and seven majors all in a row, then I was in!! From there it...

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Jan 2, 2010 - Pakse

We hung out and wandered around Pakse some more, scoring a boat ride down the Mekong for tomorrow. Tony and Tim rode bicycles for awhile in the afternoon, then Tim and Vin went out on the bikes in the early evening. Jen got a foot massage after downloading all the pics! Vinny: Nice bike ride! Tony: I liked riding the bike through the crowded market, and I got all of my hair cut off.

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Dec 30, 2009 - getting to Pakse, Laos

2 strikes against us: Holiday rush and Tim is sick. Early in the morning Jen went to pharmacy and got medicine for Tim. He could barely move. We rode to bus station and bought tickets to Ubon Ratchathani. The bus was so crowded – no oxygen, Tim sweating profusely. He sat down in the half-seat Jen had been in (many more people on the bus were standing than sitting), and could feel the AC a tiny bit. We decided to get off in Surin, after 2 hours. Arranged for a ride to the border, but needed baht (not dollars) to pay – a guy gave Jen a...

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Mar 27, 2009 - Tat Fan Waterfalls and Tad Fane Resort

The Tad Fane resort is on the edge off the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos, nestled on top of a mountain surrounded by dense jungle and coffee plantations. The simple wood bungalows overlook the Tat Fan waterfalls, twin cascades that fall 120 meters down a near vertical wall of rock and clinging vegetation to the valley floor below. The resort occupies the other side of what is a horseshoe valley head, with the falls may be half a kilometer on the opposite valley wall. Even with this distance the sound of the cascading water is still...

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Mar 25, 2009 - VIP Sleeper bus to Pakse

Took a VIP sleeper bus from Vientiane to Pakse, which is on Southern Laos. Very comfortable, the roads in the south are high standard, so travel is three to four times the speed of travel in the north of Laos. But as this was a night trip (10 hours) you don't get to see much of the scenery. And as you get your own flat bed and you're paying VIP prices (USD $18, which is a bargain for me but out of range of the locals) you don't get to mix with the locals - all of the other travellers where foreigners - and asleep. So its efficient and...

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