Nice Little Retreat at the Bolaven Plateau

Bolaven Plateau Travel Blog

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Dinnertime
The following morning, Cedric, Maude and I made our way to the local bus station in order to hop on a local bus to Tat Lo at the Bolaven Plateau.

The bus that we took from Pakse to the Bolaven Plateau, was probably the oldest bus we've ever gotten onto. The floor boards, the seats, the windows were all rusting and the floor actually had holes everywhere. And per usual, along the way *bang*, the tyre popped! Typically as the locals explained, the tyre pops frequently as the majority of tyres used in Laos were from neighbouring VietSCAM. Surprising enough the spare was fitted in a jiffy, and we were on our way.
Giving Alms early in the Morning


Upon arrival, we settled into a small village bungalow for a whopping $2 a night! shiza... why can't accomodation be $2 everywhere I go! (it was literally a straw thatched house). That evening I wandered around the neighboring villages to find that no matter how poor and how small the houses were, they all had huge satallite dishes LOL!

There was a little Lao boy crying, whilst his mates were mucking around and laughing. So I took a photo and showed it to him and funny enough he stopped crying in no time and even had a nice giggle.

That evening after dinner we stumbled upon a few village kids and one had an inappropriate yet extremely funny t-shirt on. On the front it had in BIG BOLD letters SEX and depicted within the word was every single position you could think of LOL.
Maude & Elika
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Anyways that night as I settled in my extremely basic bungalow, I was welcomed by a delightful cockroach wandering around on my pillow... arghhhh LOL... It was extremely COLD that night.

The following morning, I got up early and was kindly invited to sit by the fire in front of one of the neighbouring huts. Here I was fortunate to witness an authentic tradition in it's natural environment rather than having tons of clicks clicks of cameras going off in the background. A local girl was giving alms to monks who went on their daily walks around villages to collect alms. Monks are only allowed to feast before noon and then fast for the rest of the day till the following morning.

After breakfast we wandered for a few kilometres in search of the hilltribes but didn't really have much luck in finding the villagers who still wore their traditional outfits and what not. However the journey was still great as we stumbled across other locals and also the waterfall and the surrounding environment.

At about lunchtime we caught a local bus back to Pakse!
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Dinnertime
Dinnertime
Giving Alms early in the Morning
Giving Alms early in the Morning
Maude & Elika
Maude & Elika
Village Kids
Village Kids
Daily Chores
Daily Chores
Dried Chilli
Dried Chilli
Little kid bringing in the Laundry
Little kid bringing in the Laundry
Lao girl
Lao girl
Smoking!
Smoking!
Boy reflecting under the bridge ne…
Boy reflecting under the bridge n…
at Dusk
at Dusk
Kid with SEX T-shirt
Kid with SEX T-shirt
Tat Lo
Tat Lo
Local Village kid
Local Village kid
Me, Myself and I
Me, Myself and I
Walking home
Walking home
Having a smoke
Having a smoke
Watching TV at the local village r…
Watching TV at the local village …
Backyard
Backyard
Straw Huts
Straw Huts
A digital photo put a grin on this…
A digital photo put a grin on thi…
It was SOOOO cold, sat by the fire…
It was SOOOO cold, sat by the fir…
My Guesthouse owner, giving me a g…
My Guesthouse owner, giving me a …
Motorbike and HUGE Satallite dish …
Motorbike and HUGE Satallite dish…
Some kids chilling out
Some kids chilling out
Bolaven Plateau
photo by: droonsta