Hoong Thip Hotel
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... scenery in the region, driving through the north down to the south has been a visual pleasure. If you have time to trek your undoubtedly going to have an amazing time, unfortunately for me I wasn't well enough to do anything strenuous after my visit to the hospital so our time was limited to sight seing around the cities and villages.
With my frailties in mind the other major point of coming to Laos is the good cheap beer and hanging out with ...
... disembark, and make our way to the house of Lyell and Lee, an Aussie couple who have been working in Pakse the past five months. Lyell is an AVID volunteer in entomology, and Lee working with a human trafficking prevention organization.
Madaline and I went for a walk up to see the Golden Buddha that sits a top a river hill and overlooks the city. It was a very steep stair-master climb, one that resulted in shaking legs at the end. It was a lovely view of ...
... scattered across Laos, unexploded, killing around 200 people a year. Many found by farmers expanding their land and tilling their fields.
The CIA also enlisted the northern minority group, the Hmong people, to attack their own countrymen, those that supported the communist party. Although the Americans left in the 70's the Hmong are still being hunted by their own people. For many Laotians the war for survival still wages on more than 30 years after the American war finished.
I felt a sense of satisfaction when I walked down the street this morning, and ordered a bread roll with egg and salad, speaking Lao, and then having what I ordered turn up at my table!
Walking home I passed two men sitting on low stools outside their house, just having a casual Saturday morning cock fight. Personally I thought 8.00am a little too early for watching fighting roosters, but obviously I was wrong!
I went out for lunch ...
With the workshops complete, Tamara and I only popped into the office briefly to say 'hello', and for her ‘goodbye’. The Lao swooned over the baby falang (foreigner). She flew out with baby Rory that afternoon. With my Australian counterparts gone, I was now ready to fend for myself.
That evening was spent at Lina guesthouse where Yvonne (a German medical specialist in tropic diseases) was having a farewell gathering. Due ...