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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 26, 2009 - Wat Phu Champasak - Human Sacrifice

Wat Phu, near Champasak in Laos, is an Angkor-era temple and religeous site. It is simlar in architecture to the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia, but on a much smaller basis. Local tradition has it that the site - in particular the crocodile stone near the sanctuary on top of the mountain - was used for human sacrifice at certain important dates in the year. Walking aroung the site you do get a strong feeling of mystery..... So rather than me showing you the normal boring list of temple shots, let's play a little game. Let's pretend that you...

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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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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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Feb 1, 2009 - Champasak and Don Khong

After our Bolven Plateau excursion J and I spent another night in Pakse at a cheap guest house called the Sabadi 2. The trouble with cheap is that this could entail rock hard mattresses, cold showers and creepy crawlies. Once again I was ravaged by some unknown insect in the night. I could feel things biting me yet could not see them. I barely got any sleep and woke up with a swollen eye and red bites my arms and back. What the heck? This time I doubt it was bed bugs and I surrendered to the idea of mosquitoes. Swollen eye and all the tuk...

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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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