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photoblog image A short visit to Laos #10

A short visit to Laos #10

Another couple of hours in a slow-moving, frequently-stopping bus gets us to our next destination...the riverside city of Khammouan.

 

Our plan for the afternoon/evening is the same as for the night before...wander about the place on foot, nibbling, guzzling and gawking as we go.

 

It is a rather attractive town, and seems to be full of young, friendly people.

 

We find comfortable accommodation. My room is a hoot! Clearly it was a broom cupboard in its past life. But now it has a single bed that occupies 2/3 of the floor space, and the remaining space is an en-suite bathroom which is so small I cannot raise my arms from my sides to soap my body...my solution, obviously, is to stand on the bed whilst soaping myself and drying myself!

 

Next to the hotel is a travel agency, and the young Manager tells me he has 3 good bicycles and a crude map that will allow us to find the mysterious Black Wall for which the region is famous. Naturally, I book the bicycles, for an early ride next morning.

 

Following is a slideshow will give you an impression of the city, from walkabouts in the evening and the following morning:.

 

 

And, here is a bonus slideshow that takes you with us on a pleasant 20km ride to explore the mystical Black Wall and other attractions:

 

 

A short visit to Laos #10

Another couple of hours in a slow-moving, frequently-stopping bus gets us to our next destination...the riverside city of Khammouan.

 

Our plan for the afternoon/evening is the same as for the night before...wander about the place on foot, nibbling, guzzling and gawking as we go.

 

It is a rather attractive town, and seems to be full of young, friendly people.

 

We find comfortable accommodation. My room is a hoot! Clearly it was a broom cupboard in its past life. But now it has a single bed that occupies 2/3 of the floor space, and the remaining space is an en-suite bathroom which is so small I cannot raise my arms from my sides to soap my body...my solution, obviously, is to stand on the bed whilst soaping myself and drying myself!

 

Next to the hotel is a travel agency, and the young Manager tells me he has 3 good bicycles and a crude map that will allow us to find the mysterious Black Wall for which the region is famous. Naturally, I book the bicycles, for an early ride next morning.

 

Following is a slideshow will give you an impression of the city, from walkabouts in the evening and the following morning:.

 

 

And, here is a bonus slideshow that takes you with us on a pleasant 20km ride to explore the mystical Black Wall and other attractions:

 

 

comments (10)

Looks like another fun day! It does look like a very pretty town!
Ray: Another fun day in Paradise, Elizabeth...a long day, though, and tiring.
Ray: The menu can be a great read, Ginnie...my favourite, from a Chinese restaurant in Bangkok, is "Deep Fried Six Things"!

The Travel Agent told us there is dispute over whether the Black Wall is a natural occurrence or man-made...it is about 8km long, and fairly straight like a wall.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 14 Jul 2017, 06:52
I cannot get enough of your nibbling, guzzling and gawking experiences. I hope you finished with a nice plate of mixed boiled accuracy and a few bottles of the local oblivion enhancer..
Ray: The food at this restaurant was excellent, Chris...also the beer was ice-cold...also, the menu was a fun read!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Jul 2017, 07:25
I admire the brave, hardy tree growing out of on a rock. I like your informative and funny description. 'guzzling' and 'gawking' are funnily sounding words.
Ray: Nibbling, Guzzling and Gawking are fun things that Male Sapiens do, Philine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 14 Jul 2017, 07:25
This place looks very pleasing Ray, very upmarket looking. I chuckled about your deluxe accommodation. Was the topless lady just wandering down the street?
Ray: The provocatively clad gal was a figment of my dream sequence caused by my need to sleep in a wet bed, Chad.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 14 Jul 2017, 07:26
I also like the snooker works.
Ray: I was much impressed by the pool hall, too, Chad.
Some great snaps Ray. I love the idea of mixed boiled accuracy...sounds like UK government policy
Ray: On sale at the Parliament House Canteen, Bill!
I really like the first two pictures in the slideshow especially.
Ray: The pool hall was novel to me, Brian, as was the little market garden in the middle of the city.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Jul 2017, 19:39
Bicycles and a boat. Should keep some Shutterchancers happy. From your little booklet, Khammouan looks quite an interesting place. Even pizza parlours smile
Ray: A fine little city, Louis...I love the place!
I loved the shot of the very organized garden and the one with the little fishing platforms. Tid was wan way out in the shots with your friend aboard.

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