Poxy Pakse

Trip Start Feb 03, 2011
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Trip End Aug 02, 2011


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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Champasak,
Saturday, March 12, 2011

Today's the day we take our flight to pakse, we are both a bit apprehensive about what sort of plane we were going to get! We arrived in style at the airport in a mini van that picked us up from the guest house, wow! Later on we found out that we payed the same as some people in tuk tuks so not a bad move really. The airport was small, clean and efficient. We waited eagerly for our plane to arrive in the waiting room, which was air-coned to the MAX! 

We were pleasantly surprised by our very small propeller plane, that held no more than 50/60 people, it also had a loo (not picture worthy though, but clean nun the less!). Food was also included, tuna sandwiches, melon and  chocolate balls, no puns please (all airlines should have food this good), watch out BA! 

We got a very cheap tuk tuk to Pakse Town, then started our mission to find a clean and bug free room for the night. After 4 attempts we found a room although over priced for what we got. It was clean and tidy, without bugs and was set in the ground of an old french mansion, which was nice. We did have a resident gecko, but he stayed in the bathroom which was a nice arrangement for all involved. 

Pakse is a small ugly town, with its only claim to fame is the Mekong river and the Airport, despite this it has a certain charm and also a good basis on which to plan further afield trips. 

We went for a walk along the Mekong, and found a bar to have a beer and discuss our next move. While sitting there i noticed a lady we had bumpt into several times from the flight. We got chatting, her name is Emma and from Eastbourne! 

We all discovered that we wanted to go on the same trip the next day, and were heading to the same places down southern Laos. We booked a cheap tailor made trip to the jungle Wit our own guide! Then went out to dinner and more beers, a very pleasant day. 


13th March 
Bolevean Plateau

Today we went on our tailor made trip with Emma, our trip was to consist of coffee and tea plantations, a couple off waterfalls and an ethnic village to top it off, this was all done in our own minivan, just the three of us!

We had a great day and we all got on very well. On the way back we decided to stop at a road side cafe for some noodle soup. We decided to swerve to meat as it looked like it had been sitting there for days and was swarming with ants. Anyway what we did get was nice and cheap and did not make us sick (thumbs up). We arrived back in pakse at 3 and had a lazy afternoon.

The three amigos had another great Indian for dinner, they seem to have a lot of these restaurants out here, which suits me down to the ground, cause i could eat curry for breakfast lunch and dinner. Had an early night as we were off to a place called champasak early the next day.

Hadleigh
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