Waterfalls. Big ones.

Trip Start Jan 16, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007


I managed to drag myself out of my hammock to travel with the girls awhile. After a quick boat and a long bus (pick-up) ride we found ourselves at Pakse Southern Bus Terminal. Let the haggling begin. I really do think that sometimes you can get too good at haggling. But at times you realise you can't. A point to which I shall return...

So we haggled for a tuk-tuk thype thing, well another pick up really, to Tad Fane, which I knew nothing about but the girls seemed to think it was supposed to be lovely. So we went.

Having seen a million and one waterfalls I was expecting the mediocre, but as it turns out, I still have the power to be wowed. Got there, found out that the only accommodation there was US$20 per room, was a little concerned, but then I walked over to the restaurant and looked across...

The waterfalls, set in the middle of the jungle and leading into a HUGE ravine which charges off toward the Mekong. Wow. Really.

So first night entailed getting used to our lovely little rooms in the jungle, having hot showers, eating food and going for an adventure walk.

We heard we could walk to the bottom of the waterfall in about 15 minutes. If it hasn't rained for about 3 weeks and you have studs on your shoes, you might be able to. In the wet season, wearing trainers with no grip, this is highly improbable. At best.

We got about half way down with me leading the way, followed by Jan simon, and the girls shrieking and showing why girls are rubbish at adventures. Was all good fun though and a good introduction to Tad Fane.

The next day is where it's at though. We booked a trek to the waterfalls, which included a trek to another waterfall for swimming and lunch in a village. This trek was amazing. Pretty tough at times due to the slippiness, and it was definitely no stroll in the park. Climbing up and down the various valleys, hanging onto tree roots, grass, other people, whatever you could grab really.

And seeing some amazing sights.

Then, in order to get to Tad Lo, the girls left Jan Simon and myself to do the afternoon trek. This was over some plains, and was more like a Sunday afternoon walk in the Peak District. But a long Sunday afternoon walk in the Peak District. Apparently we'd walked about 25kms by the time we got back to the resort. When your training has consisted of sitting in a hammock for a week, only leaving to eat or get a beer, 25kms up and down through the jungle is no picnic.

But it was bloody great.

And then we got a ride back to Pakse. When you're in the middle of nowhere you have little choice as to how much you pay. We paid enough. Money money money...
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