Time to relax

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
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Thursday, November 10, 2005

After yesterdays exhausting bus journey all we really wanted to do today was rest, however we still ended up waking pretty early so thought it was best to take a look around town. Seeing as we weren't going rafting and it was raining so a hill tribe trek was out the question, we decided to leave town tomorrow.

Headed to the bus station to look into booking tickets. Found out it was first come, first served on the day and it would be leaving at 8am. Great, another early start! The bus station was just a small mud field with a couple of buses. Still there weren't many tourists in town so I assumed it would be easy to get a seat tomorrow.

Trying to decide what else to do with the day we thought about hiring motorbikes. Only $5 but we never bothered in the end as it was raining. We will do it somewhere else however, just in better weather.

Decided to go back to the hotel but realised I had lost the key so spent the next hour retracing my steps but to no avail. I reckon it is somewhere in the bus station buried in the mud.

On the way back to the hotel to tell them about the key we spotted Lars in the Panda restaurant and went to join him. Lars is a Swedish guy from Stockholm and is travelling with his mate Kim. It was actually his second trip to Laos in 9 months! Kim was asleep for most of the day but we were still in the cafe when he finally woke up.

Not only do I have to worry about Malaria in Laos, because the mozzies love me, but I now have the added worry of bird flu. Not really worried about it but there are chickens walking around everywhere. They would come and walk round your feet as you ate in the cafe!

Lars was playing around with his new mobile phone sim card, for the Tango network in Laos, and he told me all text messages were free! Went out straight away and bought one for myself as it will seriously reduce the amount I am spending on my UK mobile. It was a bit hit-and-miss but it looked like the majority of messages were getting through.

Once we had all eaten lunch we went for a walk around the smaller streets in town to see if there was anything else. On the way we saw a horrific motorbike accident where the rider ploughed straight into the side of a lorry at full speed. Didn't think the diagnosis was very promising, especially as the people in the street picked him up and loaded him on the back of a trailer!

Slightly shaken we pressed on and came to the Nam Tha river. There was a small bar overlooking it so we stopped for a beer and a good view of the sunset and the locals swimming in the river. Got assaulted by an army of mosquitoes so the bug spray will be out in force tomorrow!

Heading back into town we spotted an Indian restaurant, Nazims, and were pretty excited. After 2 months of Chinese food I was really in need of a good Indian meal. Mine was fantastic and the others were pretty satisfied as well.

Used the Internet for about 10 minutes only because the price was an exorbitant 600 kips a minute, before heading back to the hotel, where the girl at reception now treated us like scum for losing the key.
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