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Travel Blogs from Pakse
... hurts our behinds. Not wanting to waste a further day we decided to catch the day bus to Pakse that same day. The day bus from Thakhek to Pakse turned into a 12 hour ordeal with the bus breaking down 6 times. We would travel exponentially shorter distances before the engine would overheat and the family who owned the bus, having located a water source, would douse the engine in water whilst we sat around for hours (and they drank ...
... them the tallest in Laos. We continue on and end up at a local coffee plantation (coffee from the Bolavan Plateau is considered to be some of the best from this part of the world, and we agree it’s damn fine stuff!) This part is actually really good, as a local who speaks excellent English guides us round and explains everything to us. We see green tea leaves being dried, we see different types of coffee bushes and tea bushes too – and many other ...
... would involve parking a kilometre away and queuing for hours for the loo, remain deserted. Ready for me, the intrepid explorer, to turn up and 'discover' them. Surely the first ever tourist to do so. My favourite of this week's deserted tourist sites was Kong Lor cave. We arrived on our scooter and a guide gave us head torches and insisted we swap our shoes for flip flops (a bit odd, we thought, for caving but all was revealed shortly afterwards) and we dutifully ...
... with the huge flower pots outside.
We were the only customers when we arrived, so we settled into some small comfy seats stole two of the tiniest kittens in the world and enjoyed an espresso. We watched the rain come down in our dry little hidey hole and sipped our warm drinks. I'm not a huge coffee fan and normally drink it with plenty of milk and some sugar. Half an espresso was enough for me though, to Pauls delight. Shortly after we were joined by ...
Our next destination is Paksé. There city is still kind of half under construction and is a bit of a shambles but it would serve as our base from which we could access the Bolevan Plateau. At 1500 meters above sea level the plateau has its own microclimate, beautiful waterfalls
and the rich earth that produces great coffee…we rent ...
Other places to stay in Pakse
P.O. Box 504, No 13 Road, Ban Phonesaad, Pakse | 3 star hotelfrom $37
Street no. 5, Pakse | 2 star hotelfrom $30
Road No.13 Ban Prabath P.O.Box 718, Pakse | Hotelfrom $28
Lao Nippon Bridge Mekong Riverside Road, Pakse | Hotelfrom $53
13 South, Pakse | Hotelfrom $17
Lakmeumg Village, Pakse | Hotelfrom $20