4000 Islands (Don Det)
Trip Start Nov 05, 2008
27Trip End Jun 23, 2009
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There was an opportunity to see the famous Irrawady dolphins, by paying a chunk of money only to see them humping over in the water from a distance, so I skipped that and went to the bigger waterfalls instead. These falls are apparently the biggest in Southeast Asia and its actually said somewhere that they are the Niagara Falls of Southeast Asia but, as impressive as they are, they don't compare to Niagara. My motorbike driver let me drive on the way back, (my first time in Asia) so I had some practice for later in my trip.
Back on Don Det, I joined the locals in a game that combines soccer and volleyball so instead of using your hands, you kick or head the ball over a smaller net. Its really fun and the Lao people are so friendly, they just invite you to play or you can jump in. I also met an Irish guy, who was preparing to run a half marathon in Cambodia and asked if I'd be his running partner, so we jogged for about 7km (about 4 miles) and now I've been running about every other day before sunset or early in the morning. I've been getting so many strange looks from locals, maybe because I'm a crazy white guy with a beard and no shirt running through small villages in Laos, but who knows, both sides were entertained at least. Anyways, after about 5 days of chillaxin in Don Det, I was ready to move on to the rest of Laos.
Next Stop: Pakxe & The Bolaven Plateau