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Mar 7, 2009 - 4000 Islands

Viva Si Phan Don!!!! Often called the 4000 Islands we have hit a small piece of paradise. Only 9 days into our trip and I have to say I think Naddy and Willy just got thier groove back!!! Not quite sure when it happened... ...maybe the small slow boat onto one of the two habituated Islands of the area, Don Det? The trip in was just stunning with hundreds of small islands scattered throughout the water...some no more then mud patches with a few trees, but island none the less. Many had water buffalo cooling at thier banks and in the waters...

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Feb 27, 2009 - 4000 islands

ok, so i feel like the entries may be getting slower and slower, and less, shall we say, involved, and you can probably expect less and less out of me as i start to make my way around southern thailand, drifting from beach to beach, but i will at least try to make it sound like i have been doing more than laying in a hammock and teaching my european friends to play american card games. a group of us left the sleepy little town of pakse and made our way to the very south of laos to this place called 4000 islands, which is basically a group...

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Feb 19, 2009 - Pakse, Laos

so....i was here the other night at the internet cafe, typing away diligently for almost an hour, and then when i clicked on "done", the computer froze, and i lost everything! so this message might be a little more abbreviated than normal. and on top of that, it seems that the longer i am here, the connections and the hardware both keep getting slower and slower, so i will just upload a few photos, other wise i could be here for hours. i am in pakse in the south of laos now. i stayed in luang prabang for about four nights, and loved it, but...

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Jan 29, 2009 - Tad Fan and the Bolvan Plateau

After spending the day and one night in Pakse we caught a Tuk-tuk out of town heading east into the Bolvan Plataeu. It was about an hour travel time to our destination, one of Laos premier waterfalls, the 120 meter Tad Fan. Our Tuk-tuk ride was fun. And it was good to get out of the heat of Pakse and up into the cooler climate. The Bolvan Plataeu is quite high in elevation and thus much cooler than the surrouding low land valleys. It is also famous for its coffee growing. We stayed then night at the Tad Fan Resort, a quaint hideaway of...

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Jan 27, 2009 - VIP Night Bus...what the %4###*! Vientiene to Pakse

VIP is not what it sounds like. Rider beware! And we got scammed by our guesthouse on the price. 200,000 Kip, which is like $25 US. It was supposed to be on an overnight sleeper bus, with a toilet and food provided. Yes it had tiny little sleeper cabin that short asian folks could cram into, but for us larger Farang ( foreigner ), it provides quite the conundrum- especially since its an overnight 12 hour trip. There was even a man who was from Laos- he now lived in Texas, but was visiting, and he refused to sleep in the sleeper. Instead he...

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Jan 26, 2009 - Pakse

Hopped onto a local bus down to Pakse and checked into a cheap guesthouse for 25,000 kip. After checking in Jamie and I found a cheap restaurant with delicious Indian food. My lonely planet Laos book mentioned a hotel where you could get a workout in for 70 cents, so spent about an hour or 2 there followed by a 45 minute jog through town. As if my skinny ass needs to go running! Sorry guys no pictures for this spot. Just a stop over to catch a different bus and also to gather more info for other destinations.

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Jan 14, 2009 - S. Laos (Pakse, Champasak, Bolovan Plateau, 4,000 Islands)

The last couple of weeks have given us an opportunity to re-visit some of our favourite places in Southern Laos; Pakse and the ancient nearby Khmer ruins of Champasak (pre-Angkor 7th century), the fertile Boloven Plateau (famous for Lao coffee and numerous waterfalls), the usually-tranquil-but-not-this-time 4,000 Islands, and finishing off at the Kingfisher Eco-Lodge with marvellous views out across the wetlands populated by delicate white egrets perched on water buffalo, and village elephants lumbering slowly through the boggy grass as the...

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Dec 29, 2008 - Pakse

So, the overnight VIP sleeper bus was not too bad! Essentially bunk beds, instead of seats, set-up on a large bus. We were relieved to find that loud Karaoke was not a feature on this trip (although we were prepared with our earplugs) so we were actually able to get some sleep on the 10+ hour trip from Vientiane before arriving ~6am in Pakse. Found a new hotel in town for the bargain rate of $17 and enjoyed our three day stay. The town is set on the Mekong river and serves as a hub for travelers between Thailand and Vietnam, but most...

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Dec 13, 2008 - Pakse

As our day exploring Muang Champhone was cut short yesterday we decided to finish it off in the morning then head down Highway 13 to Pakse. We took our time to find the village of Nong Luang which is the home of some soft-shelled turtles and headed back to the main road via the monastary at That Ing Hang which we both thought was an interesting diversion. The road to Pakse was uneventful however finding accomodation proved to be a real challange. Unknown to us Laos was holding its own verion of the Olympic Games at Pakse and all...

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Oct 14, 2008 - Pakse for the afternoon

Stopped here for the afternoon between buses. The stop in Pakse was convenient to the centre of town. Nope you guessed it it was a sizeable tuk-tuk ride away. Thankfully I hooked up with 3 NZ jolly old boys and headed into town with a local girl who seemed to be travelling for free but she had agreed to be our guide for the afternoon. Seemed to keep the NZ "boys" amused anyway. We paid the tuk-tuk 50 Kip for the return trip but suddenly he had to go as his wife was having a baby, with no consideration that perhaps he had done half a job and...

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Apr 11, 2008 - Lao P.D.R (people's democratic republic a.k.a Please Don't Rush!)

After relaxing in lovely Luang Prabang, we got up pretty early on the 3rd and caught a bus to Van Vieng - apparently the town of dirty hippies and tubing down river with rope swings and beer lao. The bus ride was bearable, although very windy and the bus struggled uphill - it didn't break down, I have yet to experience this apparently frequent occurence in bus travel in Laos. We arrived in Van Vieng and walked to a guesthouse - were checked in to a room by owner Noi - a room with three beds, room seemed okay but we were hungry so dropped...

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Feb 23, 2008 - Savannakhet to Pakse, Laos

"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...

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