Pocket Money from Pakse

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Champasak,
Monday, February 7, 2011


Our journey to Pakse would introduce us to another characteristic of the Laotian way of doing things. You would assume that if a transport company organised transport from one place to another they would have a way of knowing how many tickets had been sold for a particular day and provide ample transport for their clients. We both know sometimes it’s unwise to make assumptions, as we found out when we got to the mainland to wait for our bus. The words piss-up and brewery come to mind. A mini-van holding about 12 people turned up at the stop. As there were about 40 of us waiting to go to Pakse we assumed that other mini-vans were on the way to pick us up. An hour later it transpired that no, that was the only van they had. After being sent up and down the road by various people in charge Paul decided to take matters in his own hands. We’d spotted a bus which had Pakse written at the front so we just boarded it. It was already full so we had to sit in the aisle of the bus on top of our backpacks. The guys in charge liked the idea and so proceeded to pack all the remaining stranded passengers in the same aisle. I was NOT happy. It was an uncomfortable 3 hour ride to say the least, but we finally managed to make it to Pakse. 3 hours later than scheduled of course, but hey this is Laos. P.D.R.!

Our main reason for going to Pakse was to get some money out from an ATM! Not a great claim to fame for a town. We checked into a guesthouse at the 3rd attempt. Ahhh, a clean room and hot water at last. Pakse is a pleasant town. Clean with some nice old French colonial buildings. We went to a nice temple on the day we were leaving (we only stayed 1 night) and got chatting to a lovely monk called Chandy. I know he is reading this, so hello Chandy. Just before leaving Pakse to get our night bus to the capital Vientiane we got talking to a lovely old Dutch couple who had travelled extensively and were giving us tips on diving in the Phillipines and Indonesia. To look at them they looked like your typical Grandma and Grandpa who you would expect to see sitting in front of the fire place with their slippers on. Appearances can most definitely be misleading!. We have met many people on our travels that are 60 + doing the backpacker circuit so it’s never too late for you older readers to do it! 
Right we are off to the bus, see you in the capital!
Love Karen & Paul xxx
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Félix on

Love the pic in the minibus!!

mom on

i agree with felix picture in mini bus just great xx

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