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January 21st 2007
Published: January 21st 2007
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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.


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view from a caveview from a cave
view from a cave

This was a holy cave, also used as a bomb shelter during the American Bombing. You can see the bomb craters in the rice pattys below.
heading for the mountainsheading for the mountains
heading for the mountains

the landscape in this area was amazing
 the mountains the mountains
the mountains

the landscape in this area was amazing, but the road was rugged
small cave by the side of the roadsmall cave by the side of the road
small cave by the side of the road

we met some of the most friendly people along this road...
on the scooteron the scooter
on the scooter

Patty had to get off to take this, we got some comming up with her & the scooter
MountainsMountains
Mountains

getting on towards evening
Army Day PosterArmy Day Poster
Army Day Poster

We were in Thakhek for Army Day...
"sitting & flirting cave""sitting & flirting cave"
"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.


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