Let's go swimming

Trip Start Sep 16, 2008
Trip End Feb 25, 2009

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

We had heard of an area in the south of Laos that is called the Bolevan plateau. It is a large expanse of elevated land with traditional villages, waterfalls, and coffee plantations. We had also heard that is was fairly untouched by travelers and still held much of its original charm. Jenny and I figured it sounded nice so we should go, and we did. Jenny did some research and found an off the beaten track waterfall called Tadlo. There was some development there, but not enough to be annoying. Sounded like a great place to chill out for a while. Turned out to be just what we thought. There were quite a few bungalows to choose from, from 20,000 kip ($2.50). We found a nice man, Simly, who had built some bamboo bungalows in his yard with a nice clean, shared outhouse and shower. We got a good feel from him, so we checked in. The next five days were spent...relaxing. We read, went on quite walks through the villages and we played in the river every day. We found a nice couple that ran a restaurant out of their home and ate there everyday. Nothing really eventful happened just a lot of low key enjoyment. We did however spend quite a bit of time chasing the animals out of the couple's harvests, which were laid about to dry. Right in front of the restaurant on the dirt road there was a tarp spread out that was covered by peanuts! The pigs and chickens loved to get at these. And Jenny loved to get at the pigs and chickens. It was a never-ending battle, but good fun. One day we were playing at the top of the falls and had piled up our clothes and towel. While we were out hiking around in the river, the water began to rise. We were a long way from our pile, but hurried in that direction. When we caught site of the clothes, they were half submerged and about to be carried off the rock and over the falls. I was forced to make a last second dive into the river over to the rock and just grabbed the clothes as they were floating away. After a quick inspection, all was there, except our towel, which we never saw again. Turns out, there is a hydroelectric dam up river from where we were and they had opened the floodgates! Perhaps we should have done a little more research before swimming.
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