Published: May 11th 2009May 11th 2009
Hello all this blog will be me gettin up to date untill i reached Cambodia where I am now.
So i left off with me sortin the visas for Cambodia, after Me and Dan decided to do our usual city wonder to see wat was about, we found the Laos version of the ark d triumph, exactly like the french one but a little more oriental, was pretty nice but wat amazed us more was the giant bees nest that had been made there, it must have been atleast 4ft long and when i zoomed in with my camera we realised it was actually a livin swarm of bees, would not like to be the one that has to clean that at sum point.
We chilled here for a while watchin the world go by then went out to a bar for the football, was great as we managed to get a lock in with the workers of the bar, was good fun especially seein Man U score an Dan start huggin random Laos men. Got back to our room and found we had had more unwanted visitors in the room, this time a couple of mice which ate sum
of Dans chocolate biscuits. This really has been a great place to stay, bed bugs and mice.
Th next day we went on a mission to find the national monument of Laos, an impessive gold coated temple with more larger temples around the side, was really ornate. After this we went back got our passports and booked our bus to Pakse the next stop in Laos.
Got the VIP sleeper bus, the bus had no seats and just beds, was good fun as me and Dan was rite at the back with 2 other guys and a Canadian girl called Kat, so listened to tunes and had a beer then fell asleep.
Once we arrived in Pakse got a great room in the Great Wall Hotel, got this room with Kat so only 50000kip (4pound) between the 3 of us, although i had to sleep on the floor te gentleman i am.
First day there we went for a walk to a local market, tried sum strange fuzzy fruit, not much taste to it and lots of fly covered raw meats aswell. That nite we ent to a local restaurant wer i had a frog curry for dinner, frog really
The next day we aranged to go to sum waterfalls, and wat waterfalls they were, sadly i left my camera at home ( a big regret) as the first waterfall was cascading down from the rainforest about 60meters high. We decided to try and climb down to the base but after about 10minutes of scallin down a slippery mud incline through the forest we realised it was only to a view point, although it was an amazing view, the problem was we had to then climb up again. Finally reachd the top again a little muddy but no damage and headed to the second waterfall. Another amazing waterfall and this time you could climb down although we had a break while climbin down as Kat (the girl we was with) had a fing for big trees and this one was wider than my arms outstreched so pretty impresive. Got to the bottom of the fall and we decided to go for a swim which was amazing as we were the only people stupid/brave enough to attempt to swim in it. Sadly I couldnt get under the water fall as the current was to strong, bu as we all
sat in the cave below it we could see a beautiful rainbow had formed within the mist. After we climbed back up and sat on the very edge in the middle of the waterfall and watched the sun set over the forest truley amazing. Got the tuk tuk back which was interesting as i fink i have discovered the cause of global warming judgin by how much smoke was gettin pumped out of this exhaust. Then we went for a good old indian.
Next day me and Dan said our goodbyes to Kat and headed souh to the 4000 islands, a group of islands that rise out from the Mekong river, we stayed on the island of Don Det and we got a room wit hammocks overlookin the river for only 1pound each a night bargain, also ended up next to people we had met earlier in Laos as our neighbours. Most of the days spent here we just chilled out in our hammocks, but we did go cycling to see a waterfall on the neighbourin island, which was pretty nice as we got to cycle thropugh rice paddy fields with buffalos wallowing in the mud and eatin the grass. Another day we also went fishin on the river using bamboo sticks with wire tied to the end, needless to say we both caught fish I was first with my monster weighing atleast 20grams and over 1inch long. Dan also caught a monster at about the same size but his puffed up and then slowly puffed out as it run out of oxygn and died. Still we proved we are true hunter gatherers, and the sunset was amazing. Also while on this island was drinking with a few people and discovered that one guy was from Romford, not only that but he also knows people that me and Dan do, like Anneka and Pike and people say its a small world. Ha.
So after Don Det and our hammock chilling we headed down to the Cambodian border where we discoverd u can buy a visa for only $20 we paid $40 in the capital, gutted. Although not the most technical of borders as its "unofficial" so consisted of getin a stamp in the passport payin $1 and walkin into Cambodia. If only all borders were so simple.
So anyway this is the final part of Laos as am now in Cambodia in Siem Rep the home of the amazing Ankor Wat, but this story is for next time.