Our last full day in Laos

Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
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Trip End Mar 21, 2011


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Mr. Mo's Guesthouse

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Another early morning today. This would have been okay except that we didn't have the best sleep. There was a bright light on outside of our room and some other guests on our floor were being loud and obnoxious into the wee hours of the morning. Even better was that the shower didn’t work and the noodle soup breakfast was terrible. Needless to say, we were a bit grumpy.

This morning we made our way to Wat Phou which is an ancient Khmer temple and is of course a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wat Phou was the centre of the Khmer kingdom until Angkor Wat was built. We wandered around the ruins for a couple hours and then made our way to Don Det in the 4000 Islands, which are at the very southern end of Laos. To get to the islands, we had to take a small boat and arrived at a small sandy beach.

Don Det is beautiful, but the other travelers there were a bit crusty. It reminds me a bit of Vang Vieng, but not yet as developed. Once on Don Det, we checked into our overpriced guesthouse and then rented some bikes to ride to the next island over – Don Khong. The ride took us about 45 minutes and we finally arrived at our destination – the boat pickup point to see the Irrawaddy River dolphins. The ride in the dugout canoe was about 20 minutes and we ended up at the river junction between Laos and Cambodia. We climbed onto some rocks and waited. All of a sudden, you could see in the distance dolphins surfacing for air. The Irrawaddy dolphins are very rare and are shy, so you can only view them from a distance. The trip on the river was beautiful, so it made for a good experience. On the way back though, I was a bit concerned that we weren’t going to make it as the boat engine died. The driver was able to get it puttering again (but very slowly) and we made it back to shore.

Once back, I went to take a shower as I was a bit dusty from the dirt paths. In the room, I noticed a yellow gecko on the ceiling. When I came out of the shower, it was gone, but had left a little present on the bed – a little nugget of poo! Lovely.

For dinner, we enjoyed our last traditional Lao meal and then met up with our fellow travelers after. It was an early evening as we had to be up to leave before 7 am as we will be starting our journey back to Bangkok.
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wondering if you still get messages that ppl are posting on your blog.....

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We do still get the comments - my email is full of your new comments!

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