So we haven't typed for a while - we've been busy getting stuck in / into Laos!
11.12.2008 - 26.01.2009 30 °C
A couple of friends have commented that we have been quite quiet for a while but we have just been busy getting into Laos life!
We wrote about Champasak (a long time ago)
Well next came...
Unfortunately Pakse wasn't the smooth ride through the land of bliss we had already come to expect.
When we were there in mid December they had a "little" event in the newly built sports stadium called the Champasak games.
It is basically the Laos version of the Olympics - I exaggerate not this is a BIG DEAL in Laos (Well in Pakse and maybe Champasak anyway).
The place was rammed....
After trying a few of the budget Gh's to be told each time "No room at Inn", We booked into the rather plush (and way over budget) aptly named Pakse Hotel.
"How long you want to stay?" they asked us.
"three maybe four nights" we replied
At this point the receptionist had to hold himself up on his desk to stop himself falling over with hilarity.
The next bit of the conversation summarised is "you got no chance mate you were lucky to get tonight!"
Ah S**T we think.
Gav then says he needs to lie down and spends the next few hours shivering, sweating and puking.
Worried I go out to look for a place to spend the following night as if Gav doesn't get better we will be stuck in the oversized Olympic village.
We spend the following night with Gav still poorly in another way over budget, mozzie infested, supremely uncomfortable 'colonial hotel'.
The next day Gav is just about well enough to travel and we decide to get the night bus and hotfoot it out that place.
I have got a
lot more to say about Pakse but not much of it would be good so I won't bore you....
AH THE NIGHT BUS!
The night bus felt like luxury accommodation after the colonial nutmare, clean sheets, no mozzies that was all we needed to please us. And "BONUS" 10 hours later we were in Vientiane!
We liked it so much we ended up visiting three times!
Its like no other capital city.
The restaurants are amazing.
The Wats are beautiful.
The locals are friendly, even the Took Took drivers.
We spent my 30th birthday there in a luxury penthouse suite!
What more do I need to say?
We decided we wanted to go to Luang Prabang over the Xmas and N.Y period - Good decision.
It quite a ride to get there.
Through mountains so steep the bus needs to be in 1st or 2nd gear (?) for most of the journey.
If you don't get travel sick and you're doing this trip take pills.
If you do get travel sick (like me) and your doing this trip take LOTS of pills then some more pills and theres a slim chance you won't spew.
A city so beautiful you could actually weep.
Ok thats overstating it a bit but it is very beautiful (apart from the open sewers!)