Wildlife and Cold Water

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Champasak,
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Don Det is part of 4000 Islands in the very South of Laos, as we were crossing the boarder from Cambodia Don Det seemed like the perfect chill out location.  Known for its hippie lifestyle there isn't much more to do here other than sit in a hammock or visit a waterfall before catching a small boat around the islands for sunset, ideal to break up the long journey to Northern Laos!

We were aware that the facilities on Don Det were basic with no hot water and all electricity is run on a generator that stops at 11pm but we were not prepared for the price of the accommodation! There were some fancier accommodation that advertised hot water but it was well out our price range so we headed further inland and found a little bungalow for two!
The mosquito's here come out in force and its almost as if a plague hits the island at sundown, every illuminated light bulb is swarmed, nice!

Our first morning we bumped into Joel, one of our New Years Eve friends who was on the island with two of his friends, we planned to go on a boat trip later on and also moved to a bungalow nearby as it was quite alot cheaper than the one we had found the night before.  It was slightly more basic and you could see through the bamboo walls, floor and ceiling but we were sure it would be fine, and there was a view of the river right outside our door!

We headed to the beach to soak up some rays before catching our boat around the island and for sunset, lovely!

We then headed our bungalow to discover that it had been attacked by jumping bugs and we had forgotten to put down our mosquito net, uh oh!
Ellie went for a swim to try and find a sandbar  that was half way out to sea where you could stand and it looks like you are walking on water, unfortunately night fell and she had an unsuccessful swim to the and bar, photo opportunity missed!
We then went for dinner and drinks at Munky Bar which seemed to have most of the island dog population including the smallest puppy ever!
It then began to rain so we returned to our bungalow, hoping it wasn't in puddles and fearing the amount of bugs awaiting us...not a great nights sleep had by either of us.

We had hoped to get a bus to Vang Vien after the wost nights sleep ever and all we had was travelers cheques to buy our tickets with which we were told was an accepted form of payment the day before (the island does not have a bank and the only was of getting money is to go on an ATM run to the mainland from Monday-Friday, its now Saturday).  It became clear that travelers cheques were not accepted and we were trying to get to grips with the fact we would have to stay here until Tuesday with very little cash and be eaten alive by bugs for 3 more nights when we realized if we exchanged some emergency pounds and dollars we had we could buy the cheapest bus ticket to the mainland and get out of here today, phew!

So we left the bugs and the lazy life and said bye to Joel and co and headed for Pakse where hopefully we can get a connection further North!

 
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