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Asia » Laos » South » Tat Lo August 28th 2020

I finish a blog and, once posted, have absolutely no inclination to type any new thoughts for at least a week. Of course you do, typically, have to wait for something mildly of interest to actually occur before you can write about it. But, with current inevitable time on our hands, I re-read our previous blogs from Laos and they bring the pandemic’s projection very much into real-time focus, revealing the shocking reality of quite what can happen, has happened, in such a short period of time. In little more than 5 months (since the WHO announced the outbreak as a pandemic on the 11th of March) we’ve gone from 126,214 cases and 4,628 deaths worldwide to a position where several countries are independently recording half that number of new infections per day and globally we’ve ... read more
At the Wat's fringe
Hunting shrimp

Asia » Laos » South » Tat Lo July 16th 2020

I had said that the next blog would not be from Tad Lo, surely we’d be on the move and somewhere else within internally-open Laos. I’d also stated that the virus we really fear is Dengue, not Covid. However, I had overlooked the unequivocal bad boy: rabies. The chances of Dengue or Covid killing a fit and healthy individual are slim, rabies doesn’t mess: once you have symptoms an unpleasant demise is as near a certainty as death itself – only 14 people ever, worldwide, are recorded as having survived it and some 59,000-odd per year don’t. If you are travelling extensively within a rabies endemic country you are strongly advised to have a series of shots prior to departure. These are not cheap. And we have never done so. Why? Because my belief was that ... read more
About to lay a seine net in the Mekong

Asia » Laos » South » Tat Lo June 12th 2020

Our last day in Brasil found us in our most favoured of habitats, a local’s boozer. Here the indulgent management blessed their rare gringo visitors with a – lengthy - Celine Dion medley on the jukebox. We were touched and not too traumatised, but still thought this weird. Fast forward eight months to yesterday in Laos. Teaching was over for the day and we’d just polished off our self-caught fish dinner when Khamlar came running. “Teachers, come come, we go”. Where? Along with the elder children we piled into the back of the pick-up and off we sped into the sticky night. The throbbing neon lights that greeted us did not suggest a two year old's birthday party, but that it was… for the stocky bruiser that is Mario (yes, a further name we can pronounce). ... read more
Our rickety bridge
A SE Asia bubble merited.... soon?
New fishing companion

Asia » Laos » South » Tat Lo May 15th 2020

Late morning on the 26th of April sat on the balcony with much needed coffees and angry hangovers we witnessed six youths hauling a laden sheet, field stretcher-like, through the waist-deep river. What the partially floating load comprised was unclear. On reaching the monastery it was carried up the waterside steps before an assembled crowd. Was this part of some festival, maybe a covid-lockdown-delayed New Year offering? Had they – as threatened – finally harvested those chunky carp entrapped in our falls/shallows isolated stretch of the river? Tragically it was not. The bundle had actually contained the body of a young man. The night before he had been collecting snails, seemingly from above or on one of the waterfall’s many tiers. He must have slipped, hit his head and drowned. We had been up, sat outside, ... read more
Tilapia two ways: steamed and fried
Our regular visitor, a katydid?
One for the barbie

Asia » Laos » South » Tat Lo January 26th 2013

We always have a very hard time writing about places like Tad Lo. It tends to be that way with our favourite spots. Needless to say, we found another gem!! Due to the lack on information available for Tad Lo we will write this blog a little differently in order to aid future travellers. GETTING THERE: From the Pakse bus station we hopped on a bus to Salavan. We told the driver we only wanted to go to Tad Lo so we only had to pay 30,000 Kip. Depending on how many stops the bus makes for riders getting on or off the time will vary. We were expecting a one hour bus but it took about two hours. From the drop-off point, catch a tuk-tuk, minibus (or if you show up after dark like us, ... read more
Tad Suong
Us on the edge of Tad Suong
Gold Buddha's view

Asia » Laos » South » Tat Lo December 24th 2012

V noci bola riadna kosa,sprchu som radsej nedal i ked bola tepla ale bola mimo bungalovu,tak som tu zimu riskovat nechcel moc. Rano ma zobudil volaky pako co furt volaco vyhukoval do megafonu,trvalo to hodinu. Tak som sa o 7/00 pobral nastartovat motorku. Ta ma uz cakala pripravena pri bungalove. Na noc mi ju majitel skoval do ohradky pod svojim bungalovom. Normalne chytila na supu,ale vzdy ked som pridal plyn zhasla,toto sa opakovalo asi 4x,potom ani netukla. Chvilu som rozmyslal kde moze byt chyba. Urcite studeny motor. Spravil som dalsi startovaci pokus,nabehla,cul som ju uz len tak nechal nastartovanu a chvilu cakal nech sa ohreje. Na ranajky som zakotvil v mamas restike. Jasne,ze mi zas donisli nieco uplne ine nez som si objednal. Polievka s kuratom a zeleninou,opat mega porcia,som to ani cele nezjedol. Baba nemala ... read more

Asia » Laos » South » Tat Lo October 10th 2012

So after two nights in Pakse, I made the trip eastwards to the Bolavan Plateau, specifically to the village of Tad Lo, famous for its waterfalls. The bus from Pakse was headed towards another town called Salavan, so to get to Tad Lo I actually had to get off halfway and walk another couple of kilometres. There was actually a motorcycle taxi waiting at the junction between the roads to Salavan and Tad Lo, but being the cheapo I was I didn't even enquire the price, and just decided to hoof it. It didn't sound like a particularly remote or quiet place from the LP description, but when I arrived it soon dawned on me that Tad Lo, while not exactly off the beaten track, was not a typical tourist spot either. Sure there were the ... read more
Just Having a Drink by the Xe Set
Pakse - Tat Lo
Walking to Tat Lo

Asia » Laos » South » Tat Lo November 21st 2009

Salut tout le monde :) Le 21 au matin on avait prevu de se louer une moto pour faire le tour des plus interessantes chutes du plateau bolaven, mais le gars a la location nous a suggere de partir deux jours. On a pas ete tres difficile a convaincre etant donne que Pakse n'a pas grand chose a offrir. D'abord on est parti sur une moto dont l'odometre ne marchait pas, on est donc revenu pour en avoir une autre qui avait le meme probleme, alors on a eu droit a une moto neuve. On est reparti dans le grand vent vers le plateau, traversant de petits villages et de nombreux champs de cafe. On s'est meme permis d'entrer en moto dans une plantation pour voir ce a quoi ca ressemblait de l'interieur. On a eu ... read more
Chute de ???
Chute de Tad Lo
En moto..

Asia » Laos » South » Tat Lo June 25th 2009

Oh my god, we step out of the minibus after having had a great catch up with some really great English girls to be faced with Ellie and Ade the guys we met in India and traveled with for 2 weeks in China. So random, after many squeals of delight and much jumping up and down we spent the next few hours (5) catching up on each other escapades and laughing at the fact that they had 'done' Cambodia in 5days!!!!! Unfortunately they were heading off to Vientiane and we were heading out the following day to Tat Lo so maybe we will meet in Thailand?!! Didn't get swindled by the the tuk tuk driver and didn't have to pay a different price at the bus station. Hurrah!! 25'000 kip to Tat LO, come on!! Actually ... read more

Asia » Laos » South » Tat Lo December 17th 2008

We took an overnight sleeper bus from Vientiane to Pakse, a dusty (again) town in Champasak, a southern Lao province. A sleeper bus! This was such a luxury, albeit one that probably defies most modern safety regulations. Not that that's any different from most travel here. The bus had wide bed berths on either side. You climbed into bed, under your provided blankets and pillows and snuggled in for the ride. We were given sausage and vegetable dumplings for dinner, and I fell asleep watching the moon cast slim columns on the asphalt and listening to Terry Gross interviewing Tina Fey. Podcasts do wonders to make extended travel sustainable. We spent a day in Pakse eating real, down home Lao soup, featuring a host of organs from at least four different animals, and watching the Champasak ... read more
Schannelhannelestenhauser at our cozy home, Tat Lo
overlooking our sunny bungalow
kids playing takraw

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