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Jun 29, 2006 - War survivor talks to me

29 June bus to Pakse Usual bus ride with the foodies and I was the only tourist on board but an old man took me under his wing while we waited for the bus to leave. He had learnt his English in an American CIA camp during the "Hidden War". He was a child whose father had died fighting against the North Vietnamese and as such he was looked after. As a 6 year old he loaded the planes with bombs and pumped gas from drums. So he was delightful sharing his food with me and telling me about his family and late wife. He asked me to take some...

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Karen's Trip 2006

Apr 23, 2006 - Pakse

We flew to Pakse early in the morning got a tuk tuk to the bus station to go straight to Tad Lo - a waterfall in the Champasak area, north from Pakse. The tuk tuk ride was ...interesting. He dropped us at a Sawngthaew (small truck/bus) stop which was very chaotic. We were hussled onto another tuk tuk, who then drove madly around the market trying to find more people to take to the southern bus stop. We had to be quite firm with him to get us there on time for the 9am bus to Tad Lo. After all we were paying good money - but he couldn't...

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Mar 31, 2006 - To Pakse (again)

31 March 06 - To Pakse (again) As good as his word, Nyai was at my guesthouse at 0700. I got a 0730 bus for Pakse. It was a pleasant journey as the driver was good-humoured (although they mostly are), and drove slowly (again they mostly do in Laos as there isn't much other traffic here). We had a very brief stop, just long enough for some ladies to rush from stalls with some goodies to sell, one of whome was dangling what looked like a couple of ferrets from one wrist and a baby crocodile from the other. I got my camera out, but she walked...

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Mar 27, 2006 - To Wat Phu Champasak and on to Pakse

27 March 06 - To Wat Phu Champasak and Pakse Had an early breakfast, hired a bicycle and set out on it at 0720 to Wat Phu Champasak, 8km from town, although it seemed further as it took me an hour to get there. It is set on a hillside, so quite a pretty localtion. It is a Uniesco World Heritage site, and an early Khmer templed believed to date from 6th Century and finished about the 12th century. It is the most important temple in Laos, and there is an annual pilgrimage there. Frangipani trees (the national flower) lined the steps up to the...

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Feb 7, 2006 - Journey down South - Pakse and out ....

It's hot, hot, hot.... Just arrived back from my little jaunt down to the 4000 islands in south laos. It was quite an experience and definitely the slowest pace encountered since leaving home.......so update time! I arrived here in Pakse after a fairly uneventful flight from Vientiane; one thing worthy of a mention though was the vibrations of the propelled plane I was on. I don't think Apple took this into consideration when designing the ipod - i don't think they ever imagine vibrations so intense that they could actually distort the...

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Kim's Sabbatical

Feb 7, 2006 - Getting There (to Pakse, Laos)

This was a long trek from home: flights from San Francisco through Taipei to Bangkok, overnight in Bangkok (with a pause for a G&T at the Oriental), early morning flight to Ubon Ratchathani, drive to the border at Chongmek, meet our guide Vieng, get visas and drive to Pakse. At least there was somebody to meet us at every place at the right time. The small town of Pakse is the southern commercial center of Laos and our hub for exploring that part of the country. It was set up by the French as an administrative center, before that there was...

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Laos 2006

Jan 29, 2006 - Travel day north

Today we had to leave the island. Had a great time. Nicola had to convince me that we couldn't stay another day. I could've stayed for 10 days more! Caught a bus to the 'mainland' and then got squeezed into a truck. Because we were the last to arrive and there was no more room in the back - there was already about 30 people in the back - Nicola, another girl and me got to sit in the front. Still a bit squashy but much more comfortable. It was about 2 1/2 hours north to the town of Pakse. Pleasant journey. First thing we noticed about being...

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Jan 24, 2006 - Pakse by bus and taxi

Pakse (aka Pakxe) is one of those towns that always jumps out from the map when you look at southern Laos, as no doubt most of you are prone to do. It's an improbable combination of consonants at a position of geographic extremity. Naturally, at least one of us has always wanted to go there. It was an easy bus ride up from the 4,000 Islands. We rolled in to the bustling market area, chartered a taxi and went looking for accomodation. And wow, we weren't disappointed. We spent the first night at the swank Hotel Pakse, with clean sheets, a...

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The Globe and beyond

Sep 18, 2005 - Pakse brings us south

Spent just a brief overnight in Pakse, the largest metropolis in southern Laos, en route to the Four Thousand Islands. Sometimes a city without much to offer asthetically or culturally (as is Pakse) can offer us some creature comforts that we normally wouldn't be found in rural areas. Western food, and good Indian food, quick internet connections, and a cheap room with a hot shower were welcomed offerings from Pakse. We caught a morning bus (what turned out to be a covered truck) out of the city on Sunday morning towards Si Phon Don, and...

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Aug 11, 2005 - Coffee plantation and morning market

Today we took a break from hectic traveling and stayed put in Pakse. We went to the morning market and looked at the meat section and the textiles. Frogs on a string, strips of pork (with hair) and bags of crickets. Yummy. Picked up nice wraparound pants and skirt that are of a contempary example. Nice thing for weavers to look at to see how to use their handwoven. Wrap around skirt was wrapped, tied and turned at the waist to allow stings of beads to hand down from the waist. Really cool. Picked up skirt that was tailored for me of a...

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Jul 17, 2005 - Pakse

Utterly peed off right now. Just came on net to check a photo CD that I burnt in Battambang, only to find out that the CD has JACK ALL on it. Cant believe it, I have lost ALL my photos from Phnom Penh to Battambang, all because the silly bint couldnt burn a CD. Believe it or not, I actually asked her to check the CD after she burnt it, but because all the photos were copied onto a folder on the computer, it must have been that which she was checking, not the new CD. No words can express my sever anger and sadness. For those of you who are...

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Jul 7, 2005 - Pakse

Bus pulled into a wet, dingy, run down looking Pakse with the same old crew of tuk tuk drivers waiting to harrass you to go with them. It was about 7am and to be honest the best nights sleep I had, had on one of these night bus things. Met the guys by chance in the centre of town and got a room in this basic place for one night waitig to go on the boat down to the 4000 islands. The others all went back to bed but Alistar and I went for a butchers round town, not much to see, but strangely they had 8 tennis courts, something I did not expect...

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