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Feb 15, 2006 - On the road to Savannakhet

We left Pakse going north, with Vientiane our real destination, but stayed overnight at Savannakhet to break the 500 km trip. At Heuane we got off the paved road to visit a small Khmer ruin, also known as the Stone House, from more or less the same era as the What Phou temple in Champassak. The unrestored ruins are a little more than a few walls and piles of rubble. The only known carved lintel found its way to Paris. Here too, Buddhism superseded the Hindu inspired Khmer culture. Our guide Vieng was born in the nearby village, where he...

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Laos 2006

Jan 24, 2006 - Savannakhet

24 Jan TUE It was quite difficult to find a travel agent who sold tickets to Savannakhet (only to Pakse and Thailand, Vietnam). Eventually I found a one-eyed guy in an internet who offered tickets for 7.5 USD. He had his hare for sure as a ticket on the bus station was only 5 USD, but the bus station was 9 km of the centre so a tuk-tuk drive could have been the same. The bus route was surprisingly smooth, no muntains at all. We did almost 500 km in 8 hours! Arrived at around 4 p. m. The route followed the country border of course (not as...

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Jan 7, 2006 - Finally in Laos

At 6am we were off for Laos, the country that most people I've met travelling have told me would undoubtedly be the hightlight of my Southeast Asian experience. Over the next two weeks I would learn that they were completely right. Up until the Laos border we were on the same bus as people doing a tour of the DMZ, or demilitarized zone, so we got a bit of history on the Vietnam War from the tour guide on board the bus, and all for free! It was really fascinating stuff and if I had have stayed an extra day in Hue I definitely would have done...

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Kristy's World Tour!

Aug 9, 2005 - dye workshop and flooding

Due to the roads flooding we went to the Laha workshop instead. They brought the cotton group and music group to the workshop. Beautiful setting, glad the road was flooded. Wonderful colorful range of colors laid out WITH dyestuff WITH names and WITH samples of the raw material. Great photo. Will match this up with my Lao dyebooks at home. Great dyehouse and equipment. The indigo pots were lined up with workers plunging and pulling skeins in and out of the dyepots. Not how I learned how to do it. Bought fabulous cotton shawl of varigated...

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Dec 22, 2004 - Savannahket, Laos

I had a very long bus ride that included one live rooster loose in the bus, about a dozen live pigs underneath the bus in the luggage area and at least fifty live ducks on the roof of the bus. I stopped in Savannahket so I could do a trek. I was able to visit a salt factory, where the locals process salt for eating. I then went on a hike through the jungle to a lake where I had lunch local style. Most Lao people eat sticky rice, which tastes much like regular rice, but is easy to eat with your hands. They form it in a ball and then dip the...

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Lale's Travel Log

Nov 30, 2004 - Savannakhet

Our trip to Laos turned out very diferent than the one we had planned. We were hopin to spend 1 niht in Savannakhet, then travel to Vientiane (the capital) for a couple of days and then to Luang Prabang in the north. When we were in Bangkok we found that they were closing the capital from the end of Nov until the start of Dec for all tourists cos they were having a big conference. Imagine if they did that in London! So the plans had to change, there wasn't enough time to wait for the conerence to be over cos needed to be in chiang mai for a...

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Jen and Sues trip

Sep 17, 2004 - Cockroaches & Karaoke

We're in Savannahket which is a sweet little town, again on the Mekong with the usual French flavour in the architecture and food. French bread takes the place of rice here and is served with most meals. The old French shop houses with shutters open to sell anything from dried frogs to tea pots but nothing of interest to us which is a good thing really as we can't fit anything else in our bags. We walked along the river and watched a few games of petanque. We both really like it here it's a quaint, charming place with a really genuine...

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Our Big Adventure

Sep 16, 2004 - Locusts on sticks

We left Vientiane after 2 days, armed with some cash and our visas for Cambodia. We attempted to catch a public bus and travel with the locals but for some reason we keep getting herded on to the VIP buses. We must look too posh in our best travelling clothes to be on the bus with chickhens and pigs! The journey was 10 hours and the toilet breaks were just by the side of the road which takes a bit of getting used to. The entertainment on the bus was Thai and Laos karaoke videos which we tried to sing along with but after 6 hours was a bit...

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Our Big Adventure

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