It’s time to say goodbye to Laos. We stayed three days in Savannakhet’s laid back old town that looks like a scenery from a historic movie. We gently touched one-hundred-million-year-old bones in the local Dinosaur Museum. There we got an excellent tour by the Lao expert who was part of the team excavating one of the major dinosaur skeletons in Laos.
We continued our journey to Pakse and just want to spare one sentence. We were there. Early morning we moved on to Si Phan Don, which means “4000 islands”. We travelled on a local bus, which, as usual, was a lot of fun. Apart from fans fixed on the ceiling, local people sitting on plastic chairs in the middle of the narrow aisle, this time there was no motorbike in the bus, but a goat on rooftop. We thought the poor thing would fall off with the first movement of the bus, but it held its ground in all the curves for three hours. A shame that during the journey it had to pee through the open roof window.
Cycling on Don Khone and Don Det islands, we avoided the tourist road toll booth by taking adventurous off-road paths. We were surprised by the impressive waterfalls, and felt Don Khone was quite relaxed, despite the fact that everything (guesthouses, restaurants, bicycle renting) is set up for the visitors. The days ended with a beautiful sunset and a cool Beerlao.
To sum it up, we loved Laos. In general, people were really very welcoming and friendly, and we very much enjoyed staying there. It is quite a inexpensive destination and you can have a very good time.