Chillin' in the 4000 Islands

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Bambo Cabin somewhere on the sunset side

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Monday, May 10, 2010

I'm sitting here punching away on my laptop in a bamboo cabin which cost me 20,000 Kip a night (1.60 Euro) on Don Det, the second biggest island of Si Phan Don (literally, 4000 islands). I’ve got a hammock outside, finally managed to get a hold of Stieg Larsson’s bestseller and nothing else on the cards. And that’s exactly how it should be here. I’m not gonna take credit for this but Lonely Planet says that if laid back could be palpable, they you’d find if in spades here in Laos. The people are so chilled out it takes a while to get accustomed to it. Be it orders that come out at any old time they feel like delivering your food or the 9am bus that eventually leaves at 11 after they managed to get enough people to fill it, things are just done differently down here. The whole Buddhist ideaology says that if something aint fun, it’s not worth doing. The Laos believe that if it was meant to be then it will be so there’s no point pushing things unnecessarily. It’s a complete culture clash as sometimes you get so frustrated by their blasť attitude but after a while you just accept it and you always get to where you are going so there’s no point in getting your feathers all ruffled up.  And one thing that i’ve noticed in Laos compared to in Thailand is that the people here are so genuinely friendly. All the guesthouses have been so nice and accommodating to anything you need. More so that their tourist weary neighbours. I’ve not really felt that the Lao people are trying to rip you off whereas in Thailand I always felt I had to be on my guard. And the Lao people are very aware of what happened in Thailand so there are curfews on bars (with the exception of Vang Vieng) so that the place doesn’t turn into the next Thailand. Good I suppose esp now that their relations with China seem to be taking off they may not be so reliant on the tourists as they may have turned out to be.  I’ve had a fantastic time in Lao which is great as I hadn’t originally planned to spend much time in the country, I was just gonna use it a place to renew my visa but have now done the North to South trail. Although I think there is still a lot to see, next time perhaps.

Next up,  A Luxembourg reunion in Cambodia with BRYAAAAAAAAN!
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Hannah Biggs on

So glad you enjoyed Laos, and yes, there is so much to see (if you get the chance to go back Pakse as a way to see the Bolovan Plateau is beautiful, and there is a dinosaur museum in Savannaket - but not much else. So much I didn't get to see that I wish I had)!

Laos public transport (none of this pansy VIP tourist buses, heehee) with satanic chicken and bbq were some of my highlights.

Glad you have lots of good stories of Laos.

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wandering_feat on

Oh, I slummed it with the best Biggsy, well once. It was fun, and a very VERY sleepless nite bus. Nah, chickens though! That joy is yet to come. Cheers for your suggestions.

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