Rolene On Tour travel blog


The island of Don Det, with the cabins in the distance

I liked it so much, I bought the t-shirt!

Fishermen at work


Now I like ships... but I couldn't eat a whole one

Sunset on the Mekong


The bridge over the Mekong waters

On the island of Don Khong


Hammock time



Hello again,

Right, last post for this trio – and our first from Laos.

We've only been here a few days and haven't seen too much, so can't really form an impression just yet. We spent our first two days mostly horizontal (every beach bungalow has hammocks) and quickly acclimatised to the extremely laid-back pace of island life on Don Det.

It's a tiny place in a beautiful area of the Mekong river called Si Phan Don, or 4000 Islands, where fishermen putter by and that's about as frenetic as it gets. The sunsets are pretty special, but our outback one in Oz is still top of the sunset pops.

We did manage to stir ourselves into a semi-vertical position to hire bikes for one of our days on the island. It was fun to explore, and to cross an old railway bridge built by the French to similarly-sleepy neighbouring island, Don Kon. Although, having stupidly opted to go hatless, I think I got a dose of sun stroke from my exertions. See, told you exercise was bad for me.

From Don Det, we had a familiarly stop-start journey up to Pakse, the old French capital of Laos, but really just a stop off to break up the travelling. Tonight, we take a VIP (!) night bus up to the current capital, Vientiane which we're looking forward to (the arriving that is, not the getting there!)

So, that's us done and dusted on the blog for a while – we've tried to be very selective with choosing sunset and temple shots so you don't contract temple fatigue by proxy. But, rest assured, there are many, many more where they came from...Slide-show invitations to follow.

Hope all good back home and you enjoyed the big moon.

Lots of love

Helene and Roland xxx

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