Tea leaves and coffee beans on the Bolaven Plateau
Trip Start May 01, 2010
90Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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We arrived in Pakse mid-afternoon and booked ourselves onto a tour of the Bolaven Plateau for the next day. The next morning we went to the Sabaidee 2 Guesthouse, who organised the tour, and jumped into a minibus along with a nice Dutch girl called Danya, a couple of women from Singapore and a guy called Eric who strongly resembled Quentin Tarantino in both looks and mannerisms
We drove up onto the Bolaven Plateau, an area known for its cooler climate, coffee and tea growing, and several large waterfalls. In the morning we visited two waterfalls, Tat Fan, a dramatic double streamed waterfall which plunges 120 metres down, and another smaller but equally lovely cascade. We also went to a tea plantation followed by a coffee plantation where we learnt how the two plants are grown and the tea leaves and coffee beans processed before trying the resulting products which were very good. After lunch we visited two tribal villages belonging to the Alak and Katu peoples, both animist tribes who believe in a spirit world and perform water buffalo sacrifices. In the Alak village we were surprised to see two girls who had Asian facial features but sandy coloured hair with blond streaks. In the Katu village we were equally surprised to see two very young girls smoking a tobacco filled bong! At our third and final waterfall we stopped for a nice swim before heading back towards Pakse.
That evening we caught up with Bob who had just come down from Vientiane. Along with Danya and Eric we had a good meal at an Indian restaurant called Jasmine that serves the most delicious lassis!