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photoblog image A short visit to Laos #3

A short visit to Laos #3

The first night's stay is remarkable...of course, I know nothing about the night as I am laying on the bed, comatose after slogging up-hill in melting heat [around 40degC] on a bicycle for 4 hours, and arriving after dark.

 

However, it is now morning, and I am recovered!

 

I am delighted to find this huge hawkmoth on a tree right outside my door.

 

Tad Fane resort is gorgeous! It is well off the main road, in tropical jungle. From the balcony, and from the breakfast area, there is a clear view of a spectacular water-fall, which drops 150-200metres...one of the tallest water-falls in Asia!

 

While we consume a couple of coffees I re-acquaint myself with my travelling companions..."You are alive then?", says Koen, "the Beer Laos was very cold, so Tim and I worked our way through it...like true friends, we did not let your share get wasted!".

 

This morning's agenda involves travelling another 10km or so, up the hill, to a Coffee Co-Op Koen has agreed to evaluate as a Tourist destination...I suggest we ride our bikes there for decent coffee and breakfast, but Tim and Koen seem determined to try out the local bus services we are told run to an unpublished schedule on the main road. [Naturally, I expect they have thrown their bicycles deep into the jungle in the hope they will not be found for many years!]

 

A short visit to Laos #3

The first night's stay is remarkable...of course, I know nothing about the night as I am laying on the bed, comatose after slogging up-hill in melting heat [around 40degC] on a bicycle for 4 hours, and arriving after dark.

 

However, it is now morning, and I am recovered!

 

I am delighted to find this huge hawkmoth on a tree right outside my door.

 

Tad Fane resort is gorgeous! It is well off the main road, in tropical jungle. From the balcony, and from the breakfast area, there is a clear view of a spectacular water-fall, which drops 150-200metres...one of the tallest water-falls in Asia!

 

While we consume a couple of coffees I re-acquaint myself with my travelling companions..."You are alive then?", says Koen, "the Beer Laos was very cold, so Tim and I worked our way through it...like true friends, we did not let your share get wasted!".

 

This morning's agenda involves travelling another 10km or so, up the hill, to a Coffee Co-Op Koen has agreed to evaluate as a Tourist destination...I suggest we ride our bikes there for decent coffee and breakfast, but Tim and Koen seem determined to try out the local bus services we are told run to an unpublished schedule on the main road. [Naturally, I expect they have thrown their bicycles deep into the jungle in the hope they will not be found for many years!]

 

comments (13)

  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 5 Jul 2017, 05:20
Biggest darn waterfall I've ever seen Squire!
Ray: It is a gorgeous thing, Chris!
He was your welcome messenger.... A wonderful day!
Ray: Made me feel 100% the moment I saw it, Elizabeth.
I have a feeling we're going to see a bit of everything on this trip, Ray. How fun.
Ray: I hope you get a sense of how much we enjoy these short, budget trips, Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 5 Jul 2017, 06:23
Just imagine waking up to THAT!
Ray: All of yesterday's trials were immediately placed in the background, Lisl.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 5 Jul 2017, 06:38
Glad to hear that you recovered from the ordeal Ray, that is seriously hot weather. What is the colour plane all about?
Ray: I thought it might be an escaped child's-kite, Chad.
Joli papillon de nuit très bien photographié.
Ray: Merci, Martine.
Great moth and some great views
Ray: A great start to the day, Bill.
  • Anne
  • France
  • 5 Jul 2017, 12:50
A country I really think of visiting soon...
Ray: I have made 4 trips to Laos, Anne, and have not been disappointed.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Jul 2017, 13:14
Oh, what a heat, but you recovered for a new fascinating day. This moth was your morning welcome.
Ray: I was immediately cheered and energised on discovering this lovely specimen. Philine.
You are lucky to have such friends as to not let your share go to waste. The waterfalls seem to start in the land like an underground stream, not over it.
Ray: We seem to be very good travelling companions, Mary...quite different people, but with some similarities that seem to be important...things like thick skinned, an enjoyment of the ridiculous, inquisitive, a sense of adventure, enjoyers of cold beer...
i really like the aerodynamic appeal of the wing-nose combination, Ray.
Ray: Hawkmoths are wonderful critters, Ayush...and, amazing flyers.
That's a beauty, Ray! And the waterfall looks magnificent.
Ray: Both are gorgeous, Tom.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Jul 2017, 22:02
What a place to stay. They make you feel at home with insects at your door.
Ray: It was a lovely signal that I had not died in the night, Louis.

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