Sabaidee from Laos!!
Yes you read right we are still in Laos, hard to leave this country!! After leaving Vientiane we were heading to Tha Khaek, in central Laos. The town itself is laying nicely next to the mighty Mekkong river with a peacful atmosphere. Everywere watermelons along the streets and it seemed like people were sleeping with their harvest until the last of the millions was sold. This city is the starting point for a really nice motorbike ride into the countryside. 500km in 5 days laid in front of us. It was A M A Z I N G worth all the pain in the ass after long rides. The loop started the first day from Tha Khaek anticlockwise along limestone mountains with small caves, big caves, very big caves, caves with lagoons and caves with Buddhas. Along there were beautiful swimming spots, especially Tha Falang. After 50km the area changed to hilly, densly forested area, and riverscenery that was really impressive. Many parts were so flooded because of the damm that was constructed here not too long ago. The people in the villages we passed were everywhere extremly friendly, kids waved their hands and we found a
nice place to stay in Tha Lang. With some cold Beer Lao we finished the first day with a beautiful sunset in front of us
The second day we started after a hearty breakfast still in this wonderful jungle area. This 60km of dirtroad was really bumpy with potholes, cows, pigs and chicken that made driving really exciting. Here we were passing little villages everywhere people were smiling at us, waving even more than usual. Houses on stilts with animals running around, minitractors pulling everything in the back and all these beautiful people - inside and outside!! And after these 60km we arrived in Lak Sao, a quite big city for this area. We still had time, so we drove around the countryside to enjoy rice paddies close to the boarder of Vietnam, high steep limestone cliffs. We went finally to bed, the asses more sore but we both were so excited for what is coming next!!
It became better and better!! After thinking it would be difficult to top we found out that the landscape changed again!! After visiting a cool but quite dry waterfall (dry season!!) situated in a great forested area we went further on!!
Higher and higher limestone cliffs and on the way to Kong Lor cave again limestone mountains surrounded by farmers collecting tobacco. The area around the cave absolutly nice. The people still the same and the village near that cave really cute - so scenery and everything heaven!!!
Early in the morning we took a boat trip through the cave - yes a boat. For 7,5km (!!!!!) we were driving through a really natural wonderm the colour of the water - turquoise. in the middle you get off and stand astonished in front of stalagmites and stalagtits. After we have visited many caves - this s definetly by far the best. And then we were heading off back passing steep roads leading us to viewpoints where we could see limestone forests everywhere - bizar razorshaped mountains of dark black stone!! Then we were driving to our next stop - noodle soup and back to bedm full of pictures and impressions in our heads.
The last day of driving was short and fast. On the highway back to Tha Khaek we spend like 4 hours and then we came back!! Wow 500km, no accidents, loads of pictures, friendly people everywhere,
and different beautiful landscapes - wow wow wow, the loop is amazing. But if you intend to go, take your time - for the people, yourself and the landscape - it is worth it!! And of course - motorbiking rocks!!
After Tha Kaek next destination - Pakse and Bolaven Plateau with Tad Lo and much more... to be continued!!
But I can't do it now, because this man next to me is stinking like a horny skunk, disgusting!! So until the next time of fresh air - I have to leave, enjoy wherever you are!!! Uarrgh!!
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