A friendly city
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Up early to avoid the heat later on. Found a place for breakfast; the food was ok but the coffee was grim, despite lao coffee being excellent so far. Wandered to a hotel that was in the lonely planet as Emma felt the need for good coffee - it was as bad as the last place, but being Chinese owned it did serve good tea. We then had a wander along the Mekong river. Thailand looked very modern and appealing over the water!
We found Savannakhet to be a very friendly place. Many children saying 'hello' or 'Sabaidee' as we walked by. By lunchtime the heat had really kicked in so we sat outside the guesthouse cooling off with a beerlao, watching the comings and goings. For lunch we ate crisps as the thought of searching for somewhere to eat again wasn't appealing.
In the evening whilst in an internet cafe a buddhist monk came over and asked if he could speak with us. He had been teaching himself English for the last 2 years and wanted to practice with us. He was lovely and just how you would expect a monk to be. We swapped email addresses and he promised to cook us breakfast and give us a tour next time we were in Laos.