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Our potentially nightmare journey into Laos turned out not to be a nightmare at all. On a standard bus it would've taken 15 hours to get from Siem Reap to 4000 Islands (despite it only being a 350km distance), but by taking a recommended minibus we cut 7 hours off the journey. The Cambodia-Laos border crossing was not as tricky as we expected either. We paid for our Visa along with the 'official' scams (eg. paying to get out of the country, then in to the other), which only took ...
... on Stonehenge.
Pleased to put the whole experience - and indeed town - behind us, we skedaddled.
And we continued to skedaddle as we have whittled away the best part of our four week visa in Huay Bo and Luang Prabang. The plan is to cross into Cambodia at the south of Laos, so we need to get our skates on. The next three days are spent in a blur of dusty roads, dreary guesthouses, sweaty coach seats, punctures, sticky rice, John Denver songs and ...
... and south palaces, one of which you couldn't go into because they were restoring it. The other palace you could walk around and also inside but it wasn't too impressive besides some nice carvings on the outside doors. After walking around for a while I started to headed up to the large stairs which people were climbing leading up to the upper terrace and central sanctuary. These stairs were killers, really all over the place and sometimes not secure to step ...
... for the view. We had a really good laugh with Guy and the food was so good Noel and Guy had a double dinner!! The food and the service was exceptional. I had a green Thai curry and they guys were jealous as their dishes were not as good. I think that is why they ordered another main! The waitress was funny, she didn't speak much English but came over and said 'Bon appetite...again'. I was asleep at 10 after a very long ...
... hand bathwater :)
Day two was a whole lot cooler being on the east of the mountain ranges and was a very pleasant ride. I visited several waterfalls, met some great people along the way . I had a beer with a bunch of bangkok businessmen who poured me a drink as soon as i walked past them and insisted on my joining them. i was happy to oblige; who would turn down ice cold beer in this country? Im still having trouble with the locals tho.... ...
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