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The 4000 islands is a place where the days agendas are a foreign concept and slow moving days are spent sharing stories in swaying hammocks overlooking the beautiful Mekong river. Dominic and I met up with Finish Martin in every city we stopped in Laos with no plans to do so. The oddest of the lot was when we bumped into him on a local bus from Vientiane to the Buddha Park, one of which leaves every fifteen minutes. When we again randomly saw Martin on the small beach on Don Det Martin shared his most unlikely chance travel story.
A few years back Martin was traveling in Argentina. He stopped into visit an ex-girlfriend who lived in a Northeastern town named Salta.
Martin's story was countered by the eternally unnatruly chilled Scottish dude who was staying in the shanty shack guesthouse next to mine. His story was set in Bangkok. He had just arrived and went for a beer before setting out to find a guesthouse. I am sure he was stoned at the time because somehow he forgot his bag at the watering hole and did not realize it until he checked into his guesthouse. He searched for the bar for a couple of hours but could not rember where it was or what it looked like.
Dominic and I decided to explore the surrounding islands via kayak. We did not bother to pack a lunch because the kayak renter told us that we could stop to eat at another island about an hours paddle away. Equipped with a hand drawn map we headed out on the Mekong. It was soon clear that the oval blobs on the back of pamphlet did not line up very well with the natural world around us.
We also went for a quick two hour float. The rental lady had her daughter drove us out a ways in there motorized long canoe. We took our time sipping our big beer Laos on the way. While willing being trapped in a large eddie current, we were surprised to see the rental lady and her daughter coming out to see us.
Many people get stuck on these extremely chilled island for a week or even a moth. I would have loved to stay here longer but I had to leave after only days to meet up with my friend from home in Cambodia.