Friday, July 8, 2011

Pakse

So I didn't oversleep after all. After a rather interesting (but quick) songtheaw ride from Champasak today that involved live ducks and wiggling fish at my feet, I'm here! I set about finding accomodation based on the lonely planet, but good old LP proved itself to be completely inaccurate as it does everyday here in Laos. Phonsavanh GH which was supposed to be above Nazim restaurant and good value, turned out to be about 200m from the restaurant and 60000kip (USD 7.5) for a shabby room with cold water and fan. After much searching (surprisingly difficult to get cheap accomodation in Pakse in low season) I end up at Thaleun GH, a single room with aircond and cable tv for 60000kip. So far, Pakse is pretty boring, rather uncharming. It was a bit of a surprise to see lots of traffic after those days at Champasak.But that's alright, this wasn't entirely unexpected and it's nice to take a day to rest and recuperate before tomorrow's long bus journey to the city of Hue, in Vietnam.


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