Don det - 4000 islands

Trip Start Nov 26, 2007
Trip End Nov 26, 2008

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Crossing the border into Laos was fairly painless, 3 buses and a couple of boats was not bad!! Eventually arriving in the afternoon to Si Phan Dom, 4000 islands, 
the widest stretch of the Mekong, reaching 14Km wide in the wet season and containing... you guessed it... 4000 islands. Pace is so slow here, we hear its the slowest out of the whole of Laos even snails would be too quick for here. We've just spent days lounging in hammocks, reading and watching awesome sunsets over the mekong
and talking to others doing similar trips either coming from the north or following our route up through Laos, we already have met a few people we met in Cambodia, its a small world this travelling malarky. Drink is ridiculously cheap, not really a suprise, large bottles of beer for $1 and the local Lao Lao whiskey is $1.50 for a 70cl bottle... it's an alcoholics paradise, luckily we're not alcoholics! We may well have to drag ourselves away before we wash ourselves away with alcohol. Having said this the island is run by families and so everything closes down at 10 so its to the beach to talk to more travellers and relax of course. The kids are really sweet here, often working with mum and dad and doing really responsible things, we've seen kids no older than five using cleavers, attending to BBQs and driving boats, I think English kids have got it easy!!   For my birthday we took to bicycles around the island to some impressive rapids that were pretty strong even though its the dry season,
we imagine in the wet season it would be a real spectacle. Needless to say my birthday was celebrated with many others with cake, balloons and pressies so it was nice that no one forgot as much as i'm trying to forget my age! Son got me some cotton buds, something that you don't think you'll miss until your without them for a while!! We're off to drink mohitos and sway in hammocks... we're so glad we're not in England!
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Did you say Mohito's?? The last time I had one of those I was in Cuba. Lovely drink - rum and mint!! Earnest Hemmingway would be proud of you both.

Happy Birthday Tom - you looked really cool in the hammock with the sunset in the background. Keep up the good work.

Loads of hugs to you both

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