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Tad Fane (Boloven Plateau)

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Sin explaining the process of drying coffee.

"Live for, dreams you share with me,
Live for, the places where we'll be,
Live for, a mystic scenery"

Isle in Me - Sylvan

I had slept quite well last night, but Paul had a bad night on his bed that was as hard as concrete. We asked for a different mattress but got offered a complete new bungalow instead, which we gladly accepted since we'd been having problems with our toilet as well. Breakfast was good since it offered the choice out of 5 options. It's really a shame that this resort is so run-down since food is good and the location is very nice and quiet.

Today we would do a 'figure of eight' trekking with the resort's guide and receptionist Sin through the area surrounding the Tad Fan waterfall.

Coffee plantation.
We'd first explore the north, would come back to the resort for lunch and would continue to the south. We left around nine o'clock and first walked through some of the big coffee plantations that can be found along Route 23 on the Bolaven. These plantations are mostly run by the Laven people, hence the name of the plateau. Sin explained the process of making coffee after which we continued to the Dan Sin Xay plain. Here the landscape drastically changed into a moor with big lava stones. There once had been an active volcano in the area, giving the Bolaven it's fertile grounds. We hadn't seen any landscape like this before in Laos and it was a very interesting variation.

We continued back to the resort and eventually reached the top of the Tat Cham Pi waterfall.

At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
This turned out to be a slight problem since our way continued at the other side of the river. There was a natural path of stones across but we did have to take of our shoes and go across the slippery rocks. As you can imagine most of us didn't reach the other end fully dry. I even lost my balance and got my shoes and socks I was carrying completely soaked. At the other side of the river Sin started climbing up a tree and throwing down some strange fruit which he would use for chilli sauce at home. While bending over to gather them from the water Paul completely tore up the back of his pants. ;-)

At half past one we were back at the resort for a Beerlao and a nice lunch. An hour later we continued the trekking and went down a very steep path that involved a lot of clutching at tree trunks and vines in order not to fall down.

At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
This eventually brought us to the other side of the gorge and the very top of the Tat Fane waterfall. Now, look at yesterday's pictures and imagine having to go all the way from where that picture was taken to the top of that 120 meter high waterfall! It was *that* exhausting and made our trekking to Ban Nalan almost seem like child's play.

Some uphill climbing and a further walk took us to the Tat Yuang waterfall, where the water comes down 40 meters before flowing onwards to Tat Fane. Although not as high as Tat Fane it was definitely as impressive since you could get a close view of this one. There was a possibility to swim near Tat Yuang but we skipped this since the water was shallow and didn't seem very clean. After a Beelao we walked back to the resort with Sin, his loyal dog (that had accompanied us the whole afternoon trek) and a French couple that also stayed at the resort. Sin had proven himself to be a good guide, though much more serious than Keo, Phoumy and Shot (or should I say 'not as crazy'?).

I was absolutely knackered by the time we got back and had to catch some sleep before taking a shower and heading back to the restaurant for dinner. After dinner we sat by the fireplace and chatted with the French couple - who'd been all over the world - about Laos and travelling before retiring around 10 o'clock.

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Sin explaining the process of dryi…
Sin explaining the process of dry…
Coffee plantation.
Coffee plantation.
At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
At the Dan Sin Xay plain.
Drying coffee beans.
Drying coffee beans.
Drying coffee beans.
Drying coffee beans.
Crossing the Tat Cham Pi waterfall.
Crossing the Tat Cham Pi waterfall.
Crossing the Tat Cham Pi waterfall.
Crossing the Tat Cham Pi waterfall.
Crossing the Tat Cham Pi waterfall.
Crossing the Tat Cham Pi waterfall.
Helping Sin (upper left corner) to…
Helping Sin (upper left corner) t…
... at the expense of Pauls trous…
... at the expense of Paul's trou…
Tat Cham Pi waterfall.
Tat Cham Pi waterfall.
At the top of Tad Fane, 120 meters…
At the top of Tad Fane, 120 meter…
At the top of Tad Fane.
At the top of Tad Fane.
At the top of Tad Fane.
At the top of Tad Fane.
Tat Yuang waterfall.
Tat Yuang waterfall.
Paul acting tough at the Tat Yuang…
Paul acting tough at the Tat Yuan…
At the Tat Yuang waterfall.
At the Tat Yuang waterfall.
Tad Fane
photo by: edsander