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Pakse - Tad Fane

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Peking Express revisited.
Sleep had been disrupted by various forms of animals. Paul and I had awoken in the middle of the night because something (probably a bird) was hopping on our roof and looking for snacks in the cracks. Ad and Mieke had been mouse hunting last night after being woken up by things being knocked over. At one moment it had tried to take residence in one of their bags. After shaking out the bag on their balcony it was 'safe' for them to go back to sleep. ;-)

We had one last day at the Tad Fane resort left, but since there was nothing left to do here we decided to spend a day in Pakse instead. We walked to the Route 23 road and waited for a bus or song-taew (a small truck with benches used for local transportation).
On Route 23.
For the first half hour it almost felt like a re-run of the Peking Express TV-show in which people had to hitch-hiking through Laos without money. On that show people had spent hours getting a ride in in Laos. Fortunately a song-taew pulled up before long and within an hour we were dropped off at the southern bus terminal in Pakse, where we took a tuk-tuk for the last 7 km into the city center.

We decided to walk to the morning market after getting directions at the tourist office and enjoyed a Beerlao at the Khem Khong restaurant on the Mekong, where we had lunch a couple of days earlier. Today it was again more than obvious what enormous difference of 40 km between Pakse and the Bolaven Plateau made. The temperature at Bolaven had been very bearable, but in Pakse it was almost impossible to venture out of the shadow.
At Pakse's morning market.


After walking to the Japanese bridge across the Mekong we reached the morning market. Unfortunately this turned out to be the exact same market as we'd visited a few days ago, so after a short stroll we decided to go back to the city center.
Back in the center we decided to have lunch at the Delta cafe where we'd had coffee a few days ago. The food was absolutely excellent here and we also bought a bottle of light (7%) Pineapple wine for tonight. We'd planned to get a massage at the marvellous Champasak Palace Hotel but when we found out that they only had one masseuse we went on to an Cybercafe and some more beers instead.

Getting a song-taew back to the bus terminal was a bit of a challenge, but eventually we made it back there just in time for what was probably the last bus to Paksong.
At Pakse's morning market.
We enjoyed the ride, giggling about all the scams the youth on the bus had invented to get a free ride, like passing on bus tickets through the windows when they were being checked. We were dropped of at the road to the Tad Fane resort where we enjoyed our last night in Laos. Food was splendid as ever and while sitting around the camp fire we opened the pineapple wine, sharing it with the restaurant staff. The owner of the resort, a Dutchman living in Thailand with his Thai or Lao wife, was visiting to meet his parents. This was all the more remarkable since this 'falang' guy seemingly accepted the dire condition of some of the cottages. (:-/
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Peking Express revisited.
Peking Express revisited.
On Route 23.
On Route 23.
At Pakses morning market.
At Pakse's morning market.
At Pakses morning market.
At Pakse's morning market.
At Pakses morning market.
At Pakse's morning market.
Loas official holy flower, the Ch…
Loas' official holy flower, the C…
Relaxing (and yawning) at Delta.
Relaxing (and yawning) at Delta.
Getting rid of our small kip bills…
Getting rid of our small kip bill…
Sharing pineapple wine with the cr…
Sharing pineapple wine with the c…
Last night in Laos around the camp…
Last night in Laos around the cam…
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