Nice northern road to Ban Saphai
Ban Saphai (Saphai Village)
20,000 kip for a one-way ride to Don Kho.
An oddly shaped Buddha inside Wat Don Kho
A novice monk joined me at the Drum Tower (below)
A broken drum
Gaping hole at the roof
A young student walks back through dry rice paddies.
Bamboo trees at the other side of the island.
The view from the other side of Don Kho. The village across is called Ban Saman. Just north of Saman is Ban Koutlamxeng.
A small temple in Ban Saphai.
Map of Don Kho - the road from Pakse to Ban Saphai
A street in Ban Saphai with wooden houses on stilts.
References just call this "Catholic Church".
Sun shining on the crucifix.
Lao-Nippon Bridge connects Pakse to Vangtao, the border town.
I bought 10 DVD’s, but only got 1 Lao movie – “From Pakse with Love”, the sequel of the charming “Sabaidee, Luang Prabang” (the first film shot in Laos – in 2008 - since the country adopted communism in 1975). Though highly successful, this was only followed by sequels: “From Pakse with Love” and the 3rd parter called “A Lao Wedding”. This purchase would complete my trilogy collection. The rest of the titles at the DVD shop were either Thai films or Lao telenovelas (yes, they’re also plagued by teleseryes). At 5,000 kip ($0.63) per piece, I was happy with my stash.
Traveling friends - Teske from Holland and Jean Louis from France. The three of us occupied Imoun Homestay's only 3 rooms.
We shared the food. This vegetable dish was particularly tasty.
This chicken meal was delicious but exceedingly spicy.
A book store near the New Central Market (above) and some shops at the market (below)
After a quick shower, I headed back to my room and verified my itinerary the next day. I tried to sleep but there was thumping music emanating from the riverside bars. I couldn’t sleep no matter how I tried. The noisy music abruptly stopped at midnight - as though a switch had been turned off. Curfew. I drifted to a dreamless sleep.
The Pakse street in front of Imoun at 7PM