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photoblog image A short visit to Laos #11

A short visit to Laos #11

At Paksan, our ferry awaits to return us to Thailand, on the other side of the Mekong river...we will make that voyage tomorrow morning...

 

There is another ferry for bigger loads...

Ferry across the Mekong

 

From Khammouan we have taken another local bus, which follows the Mekong River bank. On arrival in Paksan we plan to repeat our behaviour of the previous nights in previous cities. However, we find Paksan has very little to offer, and we see all of it while walking about looking for the elusive hotel accommodation.

 

Eventually we discover a nearly built resort on the river bank, and cause chaos when we ask for three rooms to sleep in. After claiming three rooms, each with a roof, we find that the resort kitchen is not yet functioning, but does have an icebox that is suitably stocked with very cold Beer Lao.

 

We are all exhausted...Koen suggests food is not a priority tonight...Tim and I agree...so we settle on make-shift chairs in the [unfinished] beer garden overlooking the river, and do our best to empty the icebox. I will sleep well, even if the unfinished room falls down on me in the night.

A short visit to Laos #11

At Paksan, our ferry awaits to return us to Thailand, on the other side of the Mekong river...we will make that voyage tomorrow morning...

 

There is another ferry for bigger loads...

Ferry across the Mekong

 

From Khammouan we have taken another local bus, which follows the Mekong River bank. On arrival in Paksan we plan to repeat our behaviour of the previous nights in previous cities. However, we find Paksan has very little to offer, and we see all of it while walking about looking for the elusive hotel accommodation.

 

Eventually we discover a nearly built resort on the river bank, and cause chaos when we ask for three rooms to sleep in. After claiming three rooms, each with a roof, we find that the resort kitchen is not yet functioning, but does have an icebox that is suitably stocked with very cold Beer Lao.

 

We are all exhausted...Koen suggests food is not a priority tonight...Tim and I agree...so we settle on make-shift chairs in the [unfinished] beer garden overlooking the river, and do our best to empty the icebox. I will sleep well, even if the unfinished room falls down on me in the night.

comments (13)

I like the composition of the top photo - and goodness - I've never seen a ferry for such a huge truck! Sorry this wasn't the best day, but no doubt you made up for it the next! smile
Ray: Any day that ends with a search for the bottom of an icebox is not a bad day, Elizabeth! smile
A "nearly built resort" is better than nothing, I see, but that your unfinished room falls down on you in the night???? I guess it helped that you had all that beer inside of you, Ray! And I agree with Elizabeth about that second ferry with truck. Unbelievable.
Ray: Nearly built is more than enough, Ginnie...and the experience was fun!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Jul 2017, 06:36
It is just amazing that the ferry with the truck floats....and I think as long there is beer and an icebox to empty you don't care if even the sky falls down grin....
Ray: Beer is a wonder elixir, Astrid...works on most things that are not quite right!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 17 Jul 2017, 06:44
The sight of the lorry on a boat is quite amazing
Ray: I glanced at the river whilst chatting with my friends about something, Chris...nearly spilled my beer when my first thought was that the truck ferry was sinking.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 17 Jul 2017, 06:58
Just caught up on the last 4 pictures, Ray. You really did have an interesting time, and isn't it good to get away with friends sometimes
Ray: My little travel "club" has great fun on these excursions, Lisl.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 17 Jul 2017, 07:15
The adventure continues with a warning about the perils of trying to find accommodation. I can't imagine sleep was too comfortable.
Ray: You can sleep comfortably with your head in a clump of nettles if you prepare for the experience properly, Chad...a skinful of beer works wonders!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2017, 07:50
Liquid lunches were fairly common at least once a week when I was working but not a liquid dinner. Still no-one is going starve to death overnight. The lower image makes me think of our old Floating Bridge that used to go across the river Itchen in Scumsville before the bridge was built. A very small seasonal ferry with space for just two modern cars operates across to the Isle of Skye.
Ray: Beer is possibly the complete liquid meal, Alan...contains countless minerals and vitamins, and is a wonderful re-hydration fluid.
It is a far cry from an all inclusive package to Ibiza
Ray: Our travel group is not much into packages or pre-planning, Bill...seems to be more fun that way.
Dommage de ne pas avoir trouve mieux pour se reposer , cela restera malgre tout un bon souvenir J'aime beaucoup tes photos
Bonne journée Ray
Ray: Le voyage a été très amusant, Claudine, et a accru mon respect pour le peuple laois.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Jul 2017, 09:53
Sleeping in a resort, yet to be completed - with only liquid dinner. That is how great memories are made.
Ray: On this we can certainly agree, Louis.
This really turned out to be quite an adventure I reckon. That truck doesn't look too secure on the tiny little ferry!
Ray: Just a few days, Brian, but full of interesting experiences, and excuses for drinking beer. The truck looks too heavy for that ferry!
Cripes! The barge couldn't go much lower. I imagine you slept well for a while until you woke in the night a bit hungry.
i think the beer (sufficiently cold) has helped a lot, Ray.
trying to picture the view of the truck driver in his cabin, quietly sailing the Mekong!

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