Oh well never mind as long as it got us there, which it did and as I imagined, Pakse Airport was tiny with not much there to do. We grabbed some chicken fried rice and a hot chocolate and then just sat about till we were due to leave. There is only one gate here, and we saw our plane arrive and it was a tiny prop plane, probably about 40 seats. And as there was only 20+ people for the flight, it meant there was plenty of spare seats, however before we had even taken off, all the locals just moved themselves around which am sure they are not meant to for assisting the balance of the plane, but the air hostess didn’t seem to bother!
I had looked at a few places to eat in town, and both of us fancied a steak so headed round to Pimento to check out their menu. I knew it was going to be expensive, however once we queried what you were getting for a £25 steak, on being told it doesn’t come with fries which were another £4, we swiftly left. Then we found Tyson’s, a highly rated place on TripAdvisor and with much more reasonable prices. We both ordered different burgers, both delicious and mine even had beetroot on it!
After stuffing our faces, we went a walk down to the riverfront and found a pub which was mentioned on Lonely Planet called Bor Pen Nyang. This was a lively bar on the riverfront and was on the 4th floor so provided good views over the Mekong. It’s a right mix of clientele too, with tourists, locals, ex pat’s and bar girls, so we grab a beer and sit at a table overlooking the river. I quickly noticed that a few of the bar girls are very friendly to the lone male traveller/ex pat’s and one older guy in particular had two lovely young girls at his table. He was quite drunk already but continued to drink more and more as the girls ordered more drinks. So, they basically get free drinks for keeping him company, and he got so pissed he needed to have a cold ice bag held on his neck to try sobering him up. He managed to come back round and then left with them both albeit lighter in the wallet! We head back to the hotel and get to bed around midnight.
We carried on walking round for a little while, but the heat was unbearable and so after a quick visit to the supermarket around the corner for supplies, we went back to hide from the mid-afternoon sun and catch up on a bit of admin.
We couldn’t pass by without having one, so we sat down and ordered. They were delicious and after that we headed for the place we chose for dinner. But just before that on the same street, another bar called Sticky Fingers were doing happy hour cocktails on a Wed/Fri between 6-8pm, which it just happened to be. You all know we love our cocktails, and therefore we stopped for 1. Except they were that good it turned out we stopped for 2 each. Sadie had a spicy martini and a blue angel whilst I had an espresso martini and a long island ice tea. The last one was so strong the coke in it barely changed the colour! By now we were starving and a bit drunk, so head up to the pizza place we had picked out. As usual, we had ordered far too much food, but it was a delicious pizza and I had a calzone, plus we shared an amazing garlic bread that was folded over with cheese in it. Luckily, they packed up the leftovers for us and off we went back to the hotel to stick it in the fridge.
And after our hellos, we went to her room which was far better than ours too! Lol. A quick chat then we headed out a walk and ended up at our usual night time bar, so Jane could get some food and a few gins.
On the way back to the hotel we found another place called Country Road Bar and had a swift one in there and then time to head back to the hotel for some much-needed sleep. Except the people in the room next to us must have had some kind of party going on, and despite me calling reception to send someone up, me shouting at them from our door and Sadie doing the same, the noise continued on till I eventually fell asleep around 2am.
First up was Patuxay Monument, which was a smaller version of the arch de triomphe that you can pay 3000 to get up the top. We did this and clambered up the 7 floors to see the views of the city, but it wasn’t that impressive and needed a good jet wash! Lol. Next stop was Pha That Luang, the most important religious site in the country and a huge golden stupa surrounded by a courtyard and outer walkway. Then we went to Sisaket Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples here and quite an important site too. We did plan to do another couple of temples too, but by now the heat was unbearable and the 3 of us decided to sack it off and go get some delicious lunch, albeit an expensive one! We then had a quick beer, popped into the tour place across from our hotel and booked the transport for the next day to Vang Vieng, and then back to the hotel for a couple of hours siesta.
Although I have managed to do most of this one in the minivan hurtling through some amazing scenery, some of the next few journeys we have ahead may not be as easy to type on! Our planned route is Vang Vieng > Phonsovan > Luang Prabang then 2-day slow boat on the Mekong stopping overnight at Pak Beng. Then we cross over the border to Thailand and the a few days in Chiang Rai, before Jane flys home on the 11th October.
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