We had an amazing bus ride from Vientiane to Thakhek. Crowded but ok. People come on the bus at stops selling goodies. We had baguettes and roasted corn, but passed on the grilled baby rats on a stick. Maybe next time. People are sooooo friendly and helpful to us. Children greet us with big smiles and Sabai dee's. It is very humbling. We went thru limestone karst mountains on a rented honda yesterday to visit caves. Leaving on a 3 day trek to a National Protected area tomorrow. Everything is good.
"sitting & flirting cave"This cave is named after of a legend of a former novice monk who met with the beautiful daughter of a mountain hermit here to...sit and flirt. There is a cool breeze blowing out of this cave constantly, which creates an "air conditioned" park outside the cave.