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Feb 12, 2012 - Tha Kheak and Ban Lo Caves

Hi all, For the last couple of days we have been traveling up to Ban Lo Caves via Tha Kheak. Well worth it. The lingo is getting a bit thinner up here as we have found going from Singapore up to here. Hi all, The caves were great, some parts were cathedral high and football pitch wide and so dark.There were some great stalactites and mites but the best part was coming out at the end of the 7km of darkness into beautiful sunshine that just lights up the turquoise water, massive mountains and stunning scenery. All ended with a jump off a big...

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Asian Adventure 2011

Jan 21, 2012 - The Loop! Tha khaek

So the loop is motorcycle route around Tha Khaek area stopping off at caves and waterfalls and small villages. When we got to Tha Khaek we organised our bikes and Ben took me out to teach me! Was not as hard as i thought it would be. A lot of first time riders had done the loop no problem. At our guesthouse there were past log books/recommendations from people who had done the loop. Our first day it was scorching hot and we had views of green mountains all around us. We headed towards Mahaxai Mai and went to Lode cave which was pretty...

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Jun 6, 2011 - The Loop

The next day we all set of 8am. I need to find an ATM and than fill up my bike. So did Jayme and Radek. The other 2 bikes went straight for the caves. We arranged to meet back their. Somewhere on the way Gemma, the English girl and I lost Jayme and Radek. We got our things sorted and looked around for them. As we couldn’t see them anymore we tried to locate the 1st cave. We got a little lost but after some mini adventures in laos country side we managed to find the cave. We all met again at the 1st cave. It was not very interesting so we...

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Fields of gold

Jun 2, 2011 - Tha Khaek

The next morning after breakfast I went to K Plaza to pick up a new camera. I got a cheap one as they didn’t have the one I wanted. Than I went back to the hostel and our pick up came. Jayme and I were brought to a different bus terminal this time. We had to wait there for an hour for our bus. When we got on it, we were well impressed. the best bus we have been on so far in laos. It was a smouth and quiet busride to Thakek. From the bus terminal there we took a tuk-tuk to the travel lodge where we stayed for a night and rented motor cycles...

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Fields of gold

Feb 22, 2009 - Tha Keak

Hello friends, Not a lot to tell you about Tha Keak. It’s a very little town. You have the impression you are in the far west, there are very large deserted roads without cars. No luck the afternoon there is a storm coming up with rain and we are stocked in our hotel room. We stay just one night and go on with our trip to the south of Lao. Big kiss

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Jan 27, 2009 - Tha Khek

From Pakse I took an 8 hour ride on the local bus up to Tha Khek. The bus ride wasn't so bad and the chickens usually kept to their side. This place was only a stop over till my next spot, so we only stayed one night here to break up the time on the road.

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Dec 10, 2008 - Tham Kong Lo and Lak Sao

We stayed in an excellent little guesthouse in the small town of Ba Ha Hin, the rooms were basic but did at least boast warm showers and the food was sensational. It was a shame to move on. Ba Ha Hi offers a good jumping off point for visiting the cave at Than Kong, a 7 km long cave with a river running through it. Its moments like this that I was glad we had hired a motorbike as getting here by public transport would have been awkward and pricey. We hired a boat to take us through the caves which are some 100m high and wide in places and...

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Where's Malcolm?

Apr 26, 2008 - The Loop!!

Apologies cos yet again i'm miles behind with the whole journal writing lark! So after we left four thousand islands the plan was to take a day trip into the surrounding countryside from a place called Pakse. However it was stupidly expensive so we skipped quickly on to our next destination, Thakhek. We had come to Thakhek to attempt to ride the loop, a round trip through the centre of Laos taking in caves, nature swimming pools and beautiful scenery. Sounds good until you discover that the best way to do this is by motorbike, only...

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My Big Adventure

Feb 11, 2008 - Tha Khaek, Laos

There wasn't any internet service in Tha Khaek so I am a bit behind. I took a bus from Savannakhet to Tha Khaek. It is 3 hours by bus - upriver from Savannakhet. Going into this town was particularly fascinating for me. When I was stationed at Nakon Phanom (Thailand) in 1971 & 72, the view across the Mekong from my bungalow (which was situated right on the riverbank) - was Tha Khaek. Laos was a place that US military was strictly forbidden to enter. The Mekong is nearly a mile wide at this point. When I rode into Thakhaek from the bus...

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Jun 23, 2007 - Tha Khaek - Day 2

This morning we ate a hearty breakfast at the guesthouse and then walked a couple kilometers to the large market in town. We bought a few essentials and then walked down to the town center located on the Mekong River. It was a sleepy town without much to see or do but we did manage to track down a 1.25 litre of coke and a bag full of ice, which satisfied us completely. We discussed but quickly discarded the idea of renting a motorbike to see a few sights outside of town. We still had quite a bit to see in the south and the clock was...

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Jun 22, 2007 - Tha Khaek - Day 1

Today was an interesting travel day. Cambodian Visas in hand, we left Vientiene first thing in the morning to make our way down to South Lao. We thought we would break our journey in what sounded like a nice little village on the Nam Kading River called Pak Kading. You would think that we would hesitate a bit to seek out little villages after what happened in Vieng Kham but........no. Well, we boarded the bus in Vientiene around 10am and arrived in Pak Kading close to 3pm. The bus was a virtual sweatbox but I was amused for most of the ride...

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Feb 4, 2007 - Seno to Tha Khek

Distance: 106km The ride was long and monotonous. It was the type of riding Myles likes to just get over with, and I become demotivated by, slowly losing myself in my head and intermittently forgetting to pedal. Consequently, Myles was a cute little red dot on the horizon for most of the way, except when he disappeared from view entirely. He always waited for me whenever he got too far ahead, albeit his expression upon my meeting up with him was that of mild frustration - justifiably so (a case of a Gemini meeting a Taurus). We arrived in...

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