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Asia » Laos » South » Savannakhet December 13th 2016

Just one day in Savannakhet so decided to make the most of it. Although in fact the early start wasn't really necessary as this may be large in Laos terms but not that big, and not a vast amount to see. Started with a coffee in a cafe overlooking the Mekong river and then toured the 'sights'. I started with the Dinosaur museum, which only had 2 rooms but quite an amazing collection of finds, or which they are very proud. I then passed a Buddhist temple when they were making Buddhas (casting and painting) in the grounds which was quite surreal Even more so because also there was a school for the novices. From what I can see many boys are sent to a Buddhist community where they are fed and educated, and generally looked ... read more
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Asia » Laos » South » Savannakhet May 20th 2015

After thankfully not a bad journey we arrived in Savannakhet at 6am. Sharing a songtheaw into the centre with an Italian couple we got dropped off outside an expensive looking hotel. Popping in to mainly ask for directions we all started walking to find a cheaper place to stay. A local older chap saw us probably looking a little lost and bewildered so kindly came across to help. Speaking very little English he walked with us up to the first guesthouse - with no one speaking a word of English ( and my Laos not up to much) I think they were fully booked! Kate and I headed off, flagged down possibly the only tuk tuk to take us to another guesthouse I had previously made a note of. Pictures of it looked good online but ... read more

Asia » Laos » South » Savannakhet November 20th 2014

Geo: 16.4958, 105.756Up with the alarm at 05:00 ready for an early start.It is still very dark but by 06:00 when we are ready to leave ikt is getting light although still pretty fresh. Stop en-route to Phon Thong for a photo of the sun rising over the rice fields, lovely sight. I drop Jai off at the bus station then go and leave the bike on the other side of town. When I get back to the station there are no buses around at all. n overnight bus from Rayong, down south, arrives on its way to Mukdahan but wont let us on as they say there are not allowed to steal customers from the local companies. Another yellow overnight bus arrives shortly after which we ignore but no other buses are around today. The ... read more
Sun rising over the rice fields
Off on holiday
Is that all the time is ?!

Asia » Laos » South » Savannakhet February 18th 2014

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Asia » Laos » South » Savannakhet February 17th 2014

Geo: 16.4958, 105.756Dnes nám končí platnost víz a tak s tím musíme něco udělat. Marťa si je jede prodloužit do Salavanu a já jdu zkusit možnost prodloužení tady. Pokud to neůjde, udělám si výlet do Thajska a zpět a koupím nová víza. Po čase snídaní tedy vyrážím na místní provinční úřad. Nacházím ho poměrně snadno. U informací se ptám na víza a slečna mě odvádí ke dveřím nad nimiž je napsáno "Passports". Ptám se tedy zde. Po chvilce vysvětlování a ukazování mých víz, jim došlo, že je chci prodloužit a tak m... read more

Asia » Laos » South » Savannakhet February 14th 2014

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Asia » Laos » South » Savannakhet February 11th 2014

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Asia » Laos » South » Savannakhet February 10th 2014

Geo: 16.4958, 105.756Vstávám brzy, abych nepřišel pozdě. Dorážím chvíli po otvíračce. Ukládám věci do pokoje a jdu se vzdělávat v oboru číšník-barman. Koichi mi vysvětluje co a jak děláme, ukazuje jak se dělají shakes a healthy drinks. Pak fasuji firemní trička a jdu pracovat. Docela to jde. Je to něco nového, takže si to docela užívám. Hlavně když zkouším dělat shakes a pak je můžu pít. Nebo když je čas oběda. Každý si tu udělá něco jiného k obědu a mají chuť se dělit, vzhledem k tomu, že nevím co příjde dál, beru co je a na konci oběda js... read more

Asia » Laos » South » Savannakhet February 9th 2014

Geo: 16.4958, 105.756Ráno se probouzim spontáně ještě chvilku před budíkem a jsem jím za pár minut překvapen. Myslel jsem, že nemůžu spát a ono je už ráno. Super. Zatím nikdo nebudí, tak ještě ležím ve spacáku, ale za chvilku vyráží týpek z chajdy a někam běží, že by ranní jogging? Možná jen záchod. Každopádně za chvilku se vrací a překvapivě do mě ani nešťouchá. Slib je slib tak i přes jakýsi vnitřní odpor vstávám, balím věci, loučím se a pomalu vyrážím. Ještě před odjezdem jsme si trochu popovídali, každý... read more

Asia » Laos » South » Savannakhet June 20th 2013

Geo: 16.4958, 105.756This was a bit of a rash decision, when I left Konglor I basically got a jumbo tuk tuk out to the main road and jumped on a local bus for Savannakhet, the bus however was currently being fixed at the side of the road and although the journey should have taken 3 hours it ended up taking 5, oh well. Although fairly uneventful, the scenery was lovely with mountains on one side and when you could see it, the mighty Mekong River on the other. I was told when to get off the bus (by several of the locals) but I seemed to be in the middle of no-where, I was directed to a minibus which I was hoping was included as I was way outside the city. Thankfully it was and it ... read more
Savannakhet
Looking across to Thailand
Savannakhet's Friendship Bridge




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