Pakse and surrounding

Trip Start Aug 29, 2009
Trip End Jul 26, 2010

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Champasak,
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

In the morning I took a motorbike taxi to the airport to organize us a flight to Siem Reap. The airport wasn't far and I arrived there before getting death. The lady in the ticket office was very kind and managed to get us in the next machine. Luckily even the flight prices are fixed in Lao, so we only had to pay 115USD each to get the chance to see the rest of Lao (4000 Islands) and Siem Reap (incl Angkor Wat) out of the sky. On the way back from the airport I stopped to rent a motorbike (got a brand new one for 60.000kip a day) and so it only took a couple of minutes and a coffee in a Dao Coffee shop till we were on the road again. We intended to drive to Champasak, however missed the exit and only realized this when we hit Tom Wat an other UNESCO World Heritage site, 10km farther south. There wasn’t much to see apart from a grand old forest and some ruins next to a river. It was a relaxing stop. We than drove back, found the exit and headed for the ferry to take us to this old Angkor kingdom capital. The views of the Mekong River from the river side were stunning. The next ferry took us over to the other side. We had a quick lunch there in a hostel place with Restaurant next to the Mekong. We got a bid carried away when talking to a German lady there, so we had to rush out before the sun set and the Wat closes. We managed to get there just in time, literally just seeing the last rays of light stroking this magnificent countryside and the Wat within. When the sun was down we drove back. The drive was pretty scary, as the night was pitch black and the hardly any motorbike or track or whatever was out there on the road had any light on. When we were back in town we had a really nice oil massage before we went for food. I became very late that night and sleeping wasn’t easy as we knew we had to get up very early and the flight would be so exciting.

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cdnski12 on

125cc Yamaha Auto is 90,000 kip in 2011. I did the same trip. West south along E/S of Mekong River. All very confusing roads. My Thai GF can obviously speak Lao/Thai. Even she had a hard time sorting out which road to get to the small ferry, (really a bamboo deck lashed to 2 canoes).Better to just cross over Kong River Bridge to West Side of Mekong River & then take Hwy South to Champasak. Nice 1.5 hr bike ride, can not get lost. Nice Khmer Temle Wat Phu.

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