Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands)
Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
99Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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We hit Pakse around 6am. A bit dazed and confused, it took ten minutes to realize we needed another ticket and needed to wait for our ongoing bus to 4000 islands.
The next bus leg took two hours and we were at Ban Nakasang, the starting point for the islands of Don Det and Don Khon. It took some assertive persuasion to get a free boat ticket, although our bus ticket from Vientiane included the onward boat travel and we plodded down to the dock and boarded a long boat to the island of Don Det. We were helped boarding the boat, but when we docked on the beach at Don Det, the driver just sat there. So, a group was formed to transfer bags off the boat and slowly but surely, we made it to shore! Man, it was hot!
Pavel and Bianca advised us where to find a hut and we wandered down sunset road. After a while we came across a small shed like hut, hammocks on the decking, right next to the water. It cost a Euro a night each! Perfect!! We paid and were glad to rest and get changed! After lunch, we took a short walk before relaxing and chilling for the whole afternoon! I started in a hammock but transferred to the bed for a snooze! I was thoroughly exhausted! Dave seems to be coping with the large amounts of bus travel!! In Vietnam I think we'll catch more trains!!
I got back into my hammock to watch the sunset! Just stunning! There's something just wonderful about watching the sunset when you have very few worries in the world. I love reflecting at these times too!
In the evening, we wanders back to the beach to enjoy some I Indian food with slow wifi! The only gross thing, was the thousands of insects and flies swarming around all the light bulbs on the island! Some were dropping into your food!! Yuck!
We called it a night at 9pm, listened to some audiobooks from Ricky gervais and slept like babies!
We were that tired that we slept in past midday!! Amazing what night travel can do to you!! We went to the same place for cheap fried rice lunch, ahem, served with more wifi!
In the afternoon, we hired bicycles and cycled our way south to the island of Don Khon. The ride was slow, amusing and so relaxing! Nothing to do but pedal along and enjoy the sublime views! We had to pay a 'foreigner' toll on the bridge connecting to Don Khon and we were soon at the waterfalls. Well, not quite the waterfalls I was expecting! We walked through the jungle more to find a small pool to dip our feet in. The water was lovely and warm!!
We cycled to a dolphin beach that was not very clean so turned around and cycled back! The farmland and fields were wonderful to gaze upon while slowly pushing our way on the dirt tracks.
We relaxed back in our shed again before heading to the same Indian place for lunch! We both needed a couple of chill days, the travel and heat can really zap your energy!!
Again, another early night!
Next morning was an early start, we caught a small long boat back to Ban Nakasang. A couple of days earlier, we bought our ongoing bus ticket to Siem Reap in Cambodia. There was a large crowd trying to get on the long boats, but because we booked earlier, we had a special reserved long boat. Annoyingly, it docked away from the beach so we had to climb onto other boats to make our way to the shore! I had to remove my shoes, socks and bottom part of my trousers!!
It's here we met two very cool Canadian girls, Sarah and Amy who were both off to Siem Reap. We grabbed a baguette for breakfast while chatting to a fun Aussie girl who had already been to Myanmar.
Soon, we were boarding an over booked bus!! Great!! Maybe 14 hours of standing up, hmm feels like we're on a UK train!
Next stop, Siem Reap.