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Don Det, Laos

Written on: Sunday November 25th, 2007

A journal entry from: South-East Asia, 2007

The Cambodia/Lao border-crossing was "interesting" - wooden shacks in the middle of nowhere on either side of the border.  And on the Lao side, a muddy, pot-hole track for about 7km. which took over an hour to drive while trees were being cleared ahead of our mini-van.  Patience, grasshopper.

In the late afternoon we arrived back at the Mekong riverside and took a long-tail boat to the nearby island of Don Det (one of the 4,000 islands in this very picturesque section of the river).  The next few days were spent here languishing Lao-style at the Sunset Bungalows -the Lonely Planet says that if you think your blood-presure is low before you get here, it will drop right off the scale when you reach this place;  -very laid back and beautiful, pastoral, palm-lined islands; -no electricity or roads, just the roosters crowing and water-buffalo grunting.

We walked around this and the adjoining island of Don Khon to the cascading waterfalls and beach where we swam in the Mekong!!   Other than that, we chilled in our hammocks to watch the sunset, and enjoyed evenings in the Sunset Restaurant playing music and drinking Beer-Lao and Lao-Mojitos with new friends.  Life is Good!!!

 

From Donna on Nov 28th, 2007

Dear God I need a week at the Sunset Bungalows!!