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So from Tha Khaek we made our way by bus to the capital of Laos, Vientiane.
Immediately we were struck by the contrast between this busy metropolis compared to the rural villages where we had been to during our motorbike loop.
A similarity on our late arrival, however, was our stubborness with tuk tuk …
3. I get lost a lot.
And I mean a lot. Even with a map. Anyone who's travelled with me knows I'm navigationally challenged. I always try to venture out into the great unknown during the day, so at least I'm not wandering in the middle of nowhere at night. I'm not that crazy.
Challenging though these three things are, I've learned to compensate. There are reasons, though, why I enjoy venturing out on my own:
... and exchanging cash. 1st day is always a ******* but a necessary evil if you want the trip to start well. Tonight I am looking forward to the night market. Apparently the food and atmosphere are awesome. The cuisine at the markets can be pretty interesting I have heard but I will have to play it safe for one night. You may not realise how hard it is to find privacy in a rice paddy when your stomach starts grumbling and your gut ...
... awoke before me. She heard the rain coming down at 2:30am. It was still raining as we ventured downstairs just before 6am. The receptionist was asleep on a pile of blankets behind the desk. We walked quietly through so as not to wake him! A bus was due to pick us up at 6am to take us to the launch site. We waited.
The rain was coming down relentlessly. The monsoon over the South China Sea is wagging it's tail and the tail is well and truly above us at ...
... that it clicked where we were staying... uncomfortable bed, no windows, extractor fan in the bedroom, young ladies sat out front all night and next door but one had a red light on in the evenings!
We rented a small scooter (that had been ridden round the planet and dropped a million times) to visit Cave Alley, a 30km stretch of road / dirt track / sand dune that is full of caves and lakes.
We started with Elephant Cave, it was ok, nothing to really ...