Pakbeng and life around the village!

Trip Start Feb 07, 2014
Trip End Mar 21, 2014

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The Mekong Riverside Lodge

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Day 11 - evening

Day 5 of Indochina Encompassed Tour

By walking down the main road, a few backpackers were seen arriving at the village and hauling behind them their bags and suitcases.   They walked in the middle of the street unpreoccupied by the traffic since hardly any cars passed by.    I rapidly joined in and watched the local children run and play in the middle of it giving me a sense of life around here.

        As I continued to walk down this narrow street where sidewalks didn't exist, I passed by many houses where garbage was practically everywhere and where local women cooked fish and chicken on metal grills for hungry people to buy.

        It appeared that everyone around here had a convenience store since these were all lined up one after the other along the road.   They sold everything from fruits and vegetables, to soft drinks and snacks.   They even sold liquor here for happy campers which collected dust from passing vehicles.

My little stroll down the only road seen took fifteen minutes one way and another fifteen coming back; mind that I did stop on numerous occasions for photo opportunities.

Back in my room, I saw rays of the sunset splash its evening colors on the horizon from around the corner of the hotel.   Too bad that the building hid most of it!

        At 7:00pm exactly, Michel and I were ready and joined the group for an evening dinner at a local restaurant, a mere five minute walk from here.   The Junhoan Restaurant was the name of it where several tables were placed together making it a long rectangular one.

And what do you think I ordered?  The usual I’ve had so far, aside from pizza of course!   I ordered a plate of fried vegetables with noodles.    I definitely didn’t want to take any chances and get sick around here.   Michel tasted the local beer which was quite cheap!   Fifty cents Canadian at the exchange rate!

And on this note, this is how my first day here in Laos and on the Mekong River finished; with high points!    Tomorrow morning, we’ll all be heading further down the river and continue our journey towards Luang Prabang but a stop will be made along the way at an interesting site!   You'll just have to wait to find out!
Monique   :-)  
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