11012011 Si Phan Don

Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 03, 2011

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Don Khong Guesthouse

Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Champasak,
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It was an early morning boat transfer to mainland Laos for a long waiting bus to Don Khong located in the precinct of Si Phan Don (or Four Thousand Islands) near the Cambodian border. At the road road junction one km to boat jetty, my bus refused to drive in and instead dropped me of at the main road. I had to walk the remaining distance to jetty while seeing minivans carrying other passengers through this dirt road. Eventually ferried over to Don Khong Island for 10,000 kip and rocked up to the first guesthouse I stepped my foot in - Don Khong Guesthouse. For 50,000 kip with hot water and ensuite, I checked in right on the spot.
A quick trip to the Agricultural Community Bank for cash and I was on my way on a hired bicycle (hey! no protests this time) to explore the island. Much of the first 8 km was through endless rice fields with no shade at all but the views were tranquil and the atmosphere peaceful. The only disturbance was me stopping to close in on the water buffalos. Arrived at Muang See township on the western part of Don Khong, a dusty town greeted me and I had to stop for a well deserved drink of chilled green tea. I was on my way again this time along the village river banks down south. It was as good as venturing into someone's backyard for a peek. As the trail slowly disappeared, I had to cross over to the road again heading east and up north back to Muang Khong village. Along the way, local boys were sweating out in a soccer match and a nearby school ended its classes with scores of school kids racing out to home.
Dinner was a simple affair of fried rice, washed down with a 1000 kip shot of suspicious looking, scorpions infused Lao Lao. When you are consuming Laotian standard of fried dishes, rice whiskey is a blessing to an oily stomach.
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