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Jun 21, 2005 - Back into Laos - Pakse

And so we arrived in Laos once again ready for another adventure. We arrived at the border, which was the usual half built ramshakle affair, and got charged a 150 baht bribe to get our passports stamped into the country, not a good start, but one which we had been warned about. And they say corruption doesn't pay! Upon seeing our choices of transport - an ox cart, a broken down bus or a tuk tuk we decided to travel in style and hired a tuk tuk to take us to Pakse. For those of you who have not had the joy of travelling in a tuk tuk they are...

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Jun 8, 2005 - transit Pakse and failed updates!

Hello to all those who haven't given up hope that I may update this site one day... You are of noble birth and give hope to those most discouraged. Somehow doing basically nothing eventually eclipses your internet time. That's the only excuse I will offer, as I truly do want this website to be thorough and interesting, but I have failed. Miserably, it seems. So now a fresh start! I will begin with where I am today and slowly work my way backwards and forwards simultaneously, which is actually a huge project even without photos, but I have...

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May 11, 2005 - Pakse - our last stop in Laos

We headed back to Pakse for one more night before heading back to Thailand. We got the mini-van ride from Don Khong straight to the front door of the place we stayed at last time - Hotel Pakse. We relaxed during the day - dropped off our laundry, got a massage (Carrie), read, and talked to fellow travelers. We enjoyed delicious Italian food that night at Delta Coffee; sometimes, we really need to feed the craving for Western food!

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Apr 12, 2005 - On the Knightbus!

To get to southern Laos I took the nightbus to a city called Pakse, which took 11 hours. It was surprisingly luxurious! Most of the 'VIP' buses in Laos say they have A/C but it basically means they can open the windows. Going on this rule I turned up in my vest top and cropped trousers, but lo and behold, it was a real coach with A/C, 2 foot's worth of leg room, seats that tilt to 45 degrees...! Fortunately I wasn't cold because there was also blankets to keep you warm. Lovely. Could have done without the ear-splitting Laos/Thai karoke...

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Mar 30, 2005 - Pakse

Thoroughly exhausted after the hot weather we booked into a guest house with air conditioning and cable TV. After a day or two of A/C, movies and good Indian food we were ready to venture out for a couple more day trips. The first one took us to tea and coffee plantations, a minority community as well as waterfalls. The second one took us to some of the very old ruins of Um Mung and Wat Phu Champasak.

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Mar 1, 2005 - Pakse

A stop en route to the Southern Islands, only a handful of hotels and cafes though taxi drivers do manage to capitalise on the steady stream of tourists passing through - one charged us a whole dollar for driving us 250 yards to our hotel(we didn't realise it was just around the corner) and when Craig asked about his really bad mosquito bites at the local pharmacy they advised not to scratch them!

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The Grand Tour

Dec 14, 2004 - Pakse

Yesterday we transitioned from Don Khong to Pakse, which is on the way back to Vientiane and also one way to reach the Bolaven Plateau. Instead of cramming ourselves back onto on of the sawngthaew trucks, seven of us got together and rented a minibus, which made for a much more pleasant ride. The Bolaven Plateau is an area that was converted to coffee and tea cultivation by the French and is also known to have some beautiful waterfalls. On Monday we basically just got ourselves settled and researched trips to the Plateau. On Tuesday we...

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Jul 7, 2004 - VIP Treatment (Pakse, Laos)

We just spent the day here en route from the islands to Vientiene. We rented a room for the day (to take much desired showers and get some rest), and then left for Vientiene that evening on a special overnight "V.I.P" bus. This thing was crazy (but much appreciated!). It was like being on an airplane for all the service we got. There were "ride attendents" dressed in matching outfits who served us dinner and breakfast and some snacks in between. There was a bathroom on the bus, and the whole trip was non-stop (so we didn't have to waste...

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