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May 25, 2012 - Laos - Day 24 - The Bolaven Plateau, Day 3 of an Amazing Motorbike Trip

Woke up to a beautiful morning, it had an appearance to it that it may rain but the skies were just tricking us and it did not. We've all been wanting it to rain, just a little so we could put on our 'Radical Rainbow Riders' rain ponchos. The day turned out to be too warm for that. We gassed up the bikes and headed on back from Sekong towards Thateng where we made our way down to Pakxong. We found some more pineapple stalls and quickly pulled over to buy one for the group. We hadn't had any breakfast, nothing to be found in Sekong and we...

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Apr 20, 2008 - Pakxe

Im Reisefuehrer steht zu Pakxe geschrieben "Ausser dem Ruf, im April mit Temparaturen von bis zu ueber 40 C der heisseste Ort von Laos zu sein, hat die 70.000 Einwohner zaehlende Stadt nicht viel zu bieten." Wir koennen es bestaetigen, es ist schweineheiss hier. Viel los ist hier auch nicht gerade, aber das soll uns nicht weiter stoeren. Wir haben schon ein ausserordentlich leckeres Mittagessen hinter uns und es gibt zahlreiche Internet Cafes, so dass wir endlich die Gelegenheit haben, die Ereignisse der vergangenen Woche ins Reisetagebuch...

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Mar 28, 2008 - Tadlo

Had a nice night out with Gordin and Vanessa. We went to watch Lao Beets on the river front which is like a last chance summer dance type of thing. Had a great time with the two of them they are so nice. Vanessa is from Sweedin and Gordin form Canada. The show consisted of a lot of rap music and break dancing. I took some movie clips on my camera that turned out ok. I will try and put them on facebook. After the show we went out for some more drinks. Feeling pritty ruff right now because of it. We were going to go to a Buddha park today...

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Mar 1, 2008 - Pakxe

I had an overnight journey from Vientane to Pakxe in the south of Laos and so I soon found myself on a busy bus trying to adjust the seat back as far as possible and adjust my legs a certain way to try and get comfortable, but without much success. I really am much too tall for these things! It didnt help that the guy sitting next to me was slightly overweight and was sweating heavily. I was chatting to him and he was a really nice guy. He even apologised when he sat down about any smell but it still ultimately meant my spending a...

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Apr 25, 2007 - Heading south

To start this entry, Tims diahorra progressed to explosive proportions!! It was funny to watch!! 30 sec blog entry - * Got lost on the way to Wat Phu * Bolevan Plateau tour - swam in waterfalls Normal blog entry - Anyway, we decided to tag along with Tims sister nami while she headed to the south of laos to check out her new work place working with an NGO that clears UXO (un-exploded ordinates). While she worked we checked out Pakse and the surrounds. After having to get up at 5 am to get a flight, we arrived in Pakse where we booked...

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Mar 4, 2007 - Pakse

Sunday, 3-4-07 Pakse is a small city, but pretty quiet, not much of anything stirs after about ten. Today I rented a motor-bike and rode about 90 miles to the east up on to the Bolaven Plateau I went to see an incredible waterfall (Tad Fan). It consists of two streams dropping into a canyon, 120 meters deep (that's dropping about a 360 feet). I then went on a bit farther to check out some of the coffee plantations. Some of the best and priciest coffee in the world is grown here. The best is from in and around Paksong at an elevation of 4300...

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Mar 1, 2007 - Paske

We arrived in Paske at around 2:00 pm. We had planned to stop at Champasak to take a look at the temples there, but fate intervened. We thought we would be dropped off in the town but it turned out it would be on the highway. The driver stopped at the intersection with the highway and the road to Champasak. He motioned us to get out, he spoke little English, pointed to the road to the town, and said "tuk tuk that way." There were no tuk tuks in sight, nothing in fact. We didn't relish the thought of standing on a highway, in what seemed the...

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Feb 5, 2007 - Pakse

First overnight bus in a while. I got one of the very front seats which had exactly 5 inches of room to put your legs if you wanted them on the floor - not enough even for a local - but had a bulkhead which I could stretch them out on provided I could curl them around the bags that had been piled there. It was also decorated with soft toys stuck to the windows and frilly curtains. And actually called "King of Bus". Pakse itself isn't much to look at, and there isn't much to do either - it's more of a jumping off point for trips to the...

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Geraint's World Trip

Jan 15, 2007 - A quest for silk

So sure enough the guesthouse manager flagged down the jumbo and I hopped in next to the usual array of boxes, bags of rice, etc. etc. After a careful survey I found to my delight no chickens on board. When I got to Pakse I made my way to a travel agents to book the night bus to Vientiane for tonight and I was also able to stow my backpack there for the day. In the lonely planet it says that there are weaving villages 15km outside of Pakse and all I had to do was find a jumbo to make my way there. We I found a jumbo at the New Market and...

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My World Odyssey

Dec 24, 2006 - Loafing in Laos (with tour guide ie Alan's input)

Pakse A note from the 'Flashpacker' Our journey down the Mekong by slowboat to Luang Prabang was delightful and our short three-day exploration of this city demands that we include a further exploration deeper into North Laos as part of our itinerary towards the end of our trip. We moved south because the weather in the evening was chilly, (we just missed the freak frosts in the hills of Northern Thailand). Returning here at the end of March will also mean that the wonderful, numerous waterfall 'swimming pools' will be more...

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Dec 9, 2006 - Champasak, Laos

With the smiling faces of Laos people, you would never guess it is renowned for being the most heavily bombed country in the world, much to the fault of the Americans. Luckily for parts of Southern Laos, the bombing saturated the northern territories saving what would come to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of its holiest Buddhist temples -- Wat Phu Champasak. The modern day village of Champasak is unextraordinary, divided simply by one main paved road. Bordered by the Mekong and surrounding hillsides, most tourists stop only long...

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Oct 9, 2006 - LAOS: Pakse

Anne, Julia and I stopped in Pakse for the boat festival. The riverbanks were lined with thousands of people cheering the rowers on and many food vendors selling snacks. Yummy. It reminded me of a carnival at home with games, bouncy castles and small fairground rides for the kids. The atmosphere was very cheery, although the heat vertially unbearable (for us!). We met up with a Seung, a Lao lad from Don Det. He took us out with his friends to celebrate the festival local stylee! The first 30 minutes was quite painful, being totally sober...

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