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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Very nice cheers.

    I like the look of Wat Phu.

    I really like all those old Khmer temples.
    They are pretty cool , We went for the 3 day pass at Angkor and only seen a fraction of what is actually there, some people spend weeks. Way to long for me, they were all starting to look the same after a while. plus its fookin hot so the best time to go is at sparrow fart but the negative of that is the place is literally swarming with punters, Anyway i saw them 30 years ago and seem to recall there was always a vendor hovering nearby to sell me a beer, even inside the temple complex, Looks like they have cleared the vendors out. Damn shame Really. Spoilt my cultural experience.


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    It can be hard to find a good feed while on a Roadie in Lao but lucky for me the kids arent to fussy bit of barbie chook and rice and some papaya salad for mrs BLD and its back on the road again.



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    Next time if the wife is up for a challange drop her off at the steps between the two Naga at the base of the mountain. Then you race her to the Golden Buddha temple in your Toyota.

    You may want to take it easy on the winding road up as I don't recall them serving any beers at the top.

    Now if you've both made it that far you can have a cold one at the restaurants at the base of the mountain just north of the Naga where the race began.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    We stayed 2 nights in Pakse, i hadnt been for about 10 years and was surprised to see it had grown a lot



    The First night we ataayed at the Champasak palace hotel which was once the last home of the last prince of Champasak Chou Boon Oum before fleeing to France during the commie revolution of Lao in 74.

    Interesting old hotel and a bargain at $22



    Awesome spot for a picnic.


    Cheers, and thanks for the flashback. BILs sidecar couldn't make it with my big butt on board so we had to hoof it. Great fun and some spectacular scenery going up.

    As I recall the staircase was not quite up to code. No wheelchair access either. And here I thought the west was lawless.

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    22 dollars at the Palace hotel. You must have sent the wife in ahead of you. Just kidding, I met a guy from the UK at the rooftop bar there and he said he booked ahead for several nights and had a great room for 24 a night off bookings.com or something. That was around Jan 2017 so not bad.

    They showed us one of the palaces high-end Suites with access to the rooftop Terrace for just over a hundred u.s. dollars. Not too shabby for a palace. Nice veiws from up top and a pretty cool dome shaped bar to wet the whistle.

    Thanks for the memories but enough of my ramblings.
    Carry on........fish.

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    cheers mate......

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    Excellent thread so far! Barry you have some great threads going so far as well! A tip of the hat to you both!

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    Not barry. Buce. Just call me bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishlocker View Post
    22 dollars at the Palace hotel. You must have sent the wife in ahead of you. Just kidding, I met a guy from the UK at the rooftop bar there and he said he booked ahead for several nights and had a great room for 24 a night off bookings.com or something. That was around Jan 2017 so not bad.

    They showed us one of the palaces high-end Suites with access to the rooftop Terrace for just over a hundred u.s. dollars. Not too shabby for a palace. Nice veiws from up top and a pretty cool dome shaped bar to wet the whistle.

    Thanks for the memories but enough of my ramblings.
    Carry on........fish.
    Nope just booked it on agoda. Classic old hotel with a lot of history. Pretty sure if someone spent some money on it it would be a sort of classic like rafles in sinapore for example. But i cant see that happening.meanwhile i sure enjoy3d the ambience. The seond night after comong back from paksong we stayed at the athena hotel. More expensive but had a pool. Gotta keep the kiddies happy on a roadie

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    About 35 kms from Pakse is a good spot for a daytrip called Paksong, Lots of waterfalls, coffee plantations etc







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    The amazing tad fane waterfall, There are bungalows here if you want to stay the night but we headed back to pakse





    These madd fookers were zip lining over it


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    Lao coffee grown on the Boleven plataue is seriously good.





    Found this japanese run strawberry farm , cheap and delicious



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    Back in Pakse we needed a hotel with a pool and found the excellent Athena hotel



    All that touring had made me hungry, Found this floating retaurant, Good food with a strange Menu





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    As for the zip line I'm game, fish missed the line by a few months. My understanding is they have only been operating there for six months. One more reason for a trip back I would say.

    I promised myself next time I'd make it into the river on the right above the falls and dive into the pool below a smaller falls just before the big drop on the left with the Gopro.

    I hadn't a change of shorts last time which left three options.

    A: Embarrass myself in front of my niece.
    Or
    B: Spend the rest of the day working on a getting the wet pants rash.
    Or
    C: Next time bring a swimsuit and a towel.

    I learned years ago ,after the the fact, at Khone phapheng waterfall Laos that option "A" is generally reserved for kids ten and under.

    Not that I got in any trouble but I did raise a few eyebrows.
    Miss fish said it was no problem as I wrapped myself in her shawl before I took the plunge. Bil and Sil got a chuckle out of it as it clearly laid to rest any rumors floating about the community regarding that.......


    the fish's nuts.
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    Mental note: Do a tour of Laos.


    Fantastic, cheers.

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    one thing i find nice about laos is if u have ur own car its a wonderful place to travel around...friendly people,great places to stay, ok roads with hardly much traffic and lots to see and do.

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    I'll have a She Came Salad, please.

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    From Pakse to nakasang takes about 4 hours, you can park the car in nakasang then get a boat over to don det or don khone.

    Grab a couple of beers for the boat ride




    Those travelling by motorbike can bring there bikes with them on the motorbike ferry




    Don dets a pretty chilled out sort of place, Theres fuck all to do besides drink and smoke, we had 3 nights there and that was about enough







    Don det main street


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    My xmas Dinner

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    If you were looking for a cheap place to hang out and get pissed and stoned then don dets the place,

    Plenty of styles of accomadation to suit all budgets







    we stayed at this one, Nothing flash but done the job
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    we hired some scooters and went exploring



    The Japanese bridge takes you over to don khone









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    Hired a Boat and set of to see if we could catch a glimpse of the endangered Irrawaddy fresh water Dolphin.





    We were in luck.


    Thats as close as we got to it

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    Leaving dondet we stopped at the khone pha pheng waterfalls ( more of a Rapid really) Before Heading to the Cambodian Border Crossing






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    Vuen Kham border crossing (Lao side)


    Dong Kralor on the cambodian side


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