Siem Reap to Four Thousand Islands, Laos

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
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Trip End Jun 27, 2008


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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Beginning to become a little bored with the usual mode of transport we have recently been favouring, we decided to spice things up a little.......traveling from Siem Reap to Don Det we used seven modes of transport...all before 3pm. Now that is impressive!

       Car to the airport (1), Flight to Pakse (2),  Mini van to a hostel (3) (quick change and can still make it to the bus) tuc tuc to the bus station (4), open backed truck with benches and roof  to the harbour (5), boat to Don Det island (6) finally our feet to the final resting place (7). Phew what a morning.

After finding what could only be described as decomposing goop tied to the underneath of the bed, (apparently to catch the cockroaches)  an army of ants in the bathroom and a fleet of bed bugs launching themselves at Pats night light as he read underneath the Mosquito net, a unanimous decision was made to move to a new location after only one night.
The island of Don Det is one of the 4000 islands, on the Mekong river (not the sea) and thus why they had this name. The island had only recently got electricity in the form of generators and they were only allowed to use these between the hours of 6pm and 9:30pm.  Also, no cars are allowed on the island and there are very few motorbikes.  This place was so laid back and the perfect place to chill out (like we need to chill out any more)

The next day we settled on a cleaner place, hung around in hammocks for a few days and read. This entertained us for a while but then we needed more....so, we hired bikes and went to explore. This was great fun. We (Nic, Jess - crazy Canadian girl picked up in Siem Reap- and Pat) crossed islands to Don Khon and went in search of the waterfalls.....which actually turned out to be rapids!!
The scenery we passed was breathtaking. The vivid array of colours that filled our eyes as we passed fields of green rice against the clear deep backdrop of pure blue sky, with the occasional straw yellow of workers hats dotted amongst the hypnotising view, simply picture perfect. 
We had also heard that there was a 'famous locomotive' tipped in all the tourist blurb as a must see in the same area. So we went in search and nearly missed it!!! This was the most pathetic excuse for a locomotive there has ever been. Maybe in the day when it ran, it only did so for dwarfs and small woodland creatures.

That evening word had got around (which is not difficult on such a small island), that a particular bar was showing the football and the rugby.  Every guest on the island (mainly English and French) was in the bar....until, guess what? No football or rugby....drinking continued however and the owner was the only one with the result.  He must have made a years earnings in that one night and we were convinced he knew that he didn't have the sports channel.  Clever man.

Next morning, nice leisurely start to the day before another day of traveling.  This time to the capital of Laos, Vientiane.
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