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Vientiane, Laos

Written on: Wednesday February 29th, 2012

A journal entry from: S.E. Asia 2012

We spent two more nights in Pakse and ate a few more meals at the Pakse Hotel's fabulous rooftop restaurant. One afternoon we hired a very loud tuk tuk and went to see first the Pakse market and then a couple of weaving villages just north of town. The market in Pakse is huge! Larger than almost any market we have ever seen. Motorcycles and sangthews (pick up trucks with bench seats in the back) come from all over the province to sell wares or stock up on supplies. The weaving villages were interesting and very low key. We had a great look at rural Lao life. Back in town we were having coffee at the Café Sinouk when we noticed a big ad for the Sinouk Coffee Lodge which is situated on the Bolaven Plateau, a major coffee and tea producing area about 50km to the east of town. We had one day at our disposal and had been planning on taking a tour to the plateau . We talked to the manager of the café and he offered to drive us up to the lodge for an overnight stay. On the way we saw acres and acres of coffee and tea plantations. The Bolaven Plateau is situated  at about 1000m above sea level and so is ideal for coffee and tea production. The lodge turned out to be our idea of heaven. Beautifully made out of wood and bamboo it boasts lovely gardens, a very good restaurant and its very own café serving much missed espresso drinks! Being high up it was also deliciously cool. On the way down from the plateau we saw an overturned Thai tourist bus in the ditch and so were glad that we had opted to fly instead of taking the overnight sleeper bus to Vientiane


From Sharon B. on Feb 29th, 2012

Fantastic! Had caffeine too late so up at 12:30 Tues night - and your blog just popped in - perfect timing! 'Looks awesome - could you smell tea or coffee in the air? You're getting closer to Burma it appears :) So glad internet easily available - Our gain! Take care, xo Sharon B.

From Julie H on Feb 29th, 2012

That breakfast looks divine.

From Marianne C. on Feb 29th, 2012

Just woke up and looked outside: snow! Then your blog was in the inbox with your great pictures ending with your 'best breakfast': coffee, croissants and fruit platter - I'll order one of those! No need to apologize about sending another blog, we're enjoying your trip and descriptions. Hugs, M.

From julie H on Feb 29th, 2012

It's snowing here this morning...

From Mae Papp on Feb 29th, 2012

I'm offin the morning for Palm Springs. Enjoying your blogs.

From Bev P on Feb 29th, 2012

Love your room! It may be the bedroom inspiration we've been looking for as we reno our E 2nd property. Stay safe!!

From Pat and Anne on Feb 29th, 2012

Thanks so much for your great updates of your travels in an amazing part of the world. We're back from S.A. and enjoying the snow fall this morning!!

From Beste on Mar 27th, 2012

salut Paco!desole de repondre tadirvement, nous avons eu un progrmme tres charge depuis que nous avons quitte Vientiane!Nous avons quitte Bangkok il y a quelques jours, nous sommes desormais en Inde, a Darjeeling plus precisement. C'est une ville dans les montagnes, pres du Nepal, a plus de 2000m d'altitude. Du coup, il fait beaucoup plus froid, nous mettons des pulls. Nous allons raconter tout ca sur notre blog tres bientot.Passe le bonjour a ta classe de notre part!