We don't look much like backpackers or locals with our little roll behind suitcases, but they let us on to the International Bus which goes from Ubon bus station to Pakse via Chong Mek. The trip was a lot simpler than what my 10 year old guide book had said it would be. This trip was for my 50 th birthday, and I was thinking about what to do for my mid life crisis - I considered a pony tail and earing, but then realized my mid life crisis should have been 10 years ago. Maybe a motorcycle when I get back home.
Pakse is a charming little city, with excellent accomodations and relaxing dinners by the river. The next day we took a van complete with ferry rides to Champasak. The old temple was interesting, but the ferry rides were the highlight. Cold beer, spicy noodles and fresh air - too bad these ferries are being replaced by better roads and new bridges.
Still not looking much like travelers, we rode on the slow bus to Savannakhet. During one of the many stops we were able to make merit, go to the bathroom (in the bushes) and buy
Bus - Making Merit
People looking for a donation to the Temple
food and honey.
From Savannakhet we sampled the slow roads to the Stone house (Prasat Heuan Hin), Library (Hotay Piduk), Taleow (an old Temple destroyed by an F105 in Nov 69)
But we did not stay long enough - it was a short bus ride across the new bridge to Mukdahan, and we were back to the hustle and bustle of Thailand.
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