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Travel Blogs from Nakhon Phanom
... the engine worked for long enough to get us out of the cave with just enough time to ride back to our guesthouse before dark - riding at night was not something we were willing to risk as parts of the road have huge potholes that you can just about make out in daylight.
Having had a long and gruelling second day, we could afford to chill on the final day of the loop with plenty of time to complete the 140km drive back to Thakhek. We had one stop ...
... they've seen much worse! After hitting the main road again we had 40km to the highway and it was freezing and windy and not that much fun, so we were glad to reach the highway and have just 100km to go! It then became a 70km/hour race against running out of petrol, which we just about won, and arrived back into Thakek at around 5pm. This left us just enough time for a quick trip to Sitthavong Stupa festival, and argue with a policeman or army officer about paying ...
... and catch the bus... Nothing is never easy and we should have realised it was never going to work! We were up and ready for 6:30am... the bus arrived at 7:40. Despite paying extra for the early bus I guess there just wasn't enough people, not that they told us! Never fear - we could still *just* about catch our bus with a bit of luck. Nope, the bus breaks down! A surprisingly quick and very impressive change of brakes later and back on the road! We get into the capital at ...
... back into our trekking gear we had some lunch. It consisted of locally caught bbq fish, sticky rice, bananas and some vegetables - all delicious.
After lunch we started walking again and after a few hours made it to the village we were staying in for the night. We were all pretty tired by then and were looking forward to sleeping. We were to sleep in a specially made house for 'homestay' tourists, lots of mats side by side with pillows and blankets. In ...
... sticks, frozen yogurt, and a chocolate mousse cup. After almost gagging on the mousse cup, we took it back to kindly explain that the milk had gone VERY bad, and that they maybe shouldn't sell any more. The woman smelled and tasted the cup, managing to keep a straight face and say "mmmm chocolate". We gave up and left, but as we left I looked back and saw her face wrinkle in disgust as she passed the rancid chocolate cup to her husband. ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking