Crossing into Laos

Trip Start Aug 24, 2008
Trip End Jul 07, 2009

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

We left Ban Lung on the bus to Stung Treng on the La border. However we noticed after a while that we were heading to Kratie again. The bus eventually stopped in Kratie and we demanded to know why we were not in Stung Treng. It turns out we were supposed to ask to get off the bus. How are we even supposed to know when we are there - the road signs are in Khmer and we can't read it. We were very unamused, especially as we had had our tickets checked so they know we wanted Stung Treng. We had to get a bus back again in the afternoon. How annoying! We spent the night in Stung Treng and I bought a krama (Cambodian head scarf) as a souvenir. The following day we crossed the border into Laos.

We headed straight for Don Det, one of the islands in the 4000 islands in the Mekong River, which we have been following since we left Vietnam. We got a boat over to the island, which was covered in fields and trees and pigs and chickens. Lots of children washed in the river and ran around naked, and lots of bungalows had balconies over the river, so we took one. It was very peaceful by the river, and we spent our two days there kayaking against a very strong current, lounging by the river in a hammock, watching the beautiful sunset and riding bikes around the island to see the waterfalls. It was very laid back and pretty and I liked it a lot. After 2 days we took the boat back to the mainland and headed to Pakse.
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