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May 23, 2012 - Laos - Day 22 - The Bolaven Plateau, Day 1 of an Amazing Motorbike Trip

Day 1: We set out on our rental motorbikes just past 8:30am, ready to leave Pakse and head towards the great Bolaven Plateau. Not trusting the weather we stopped at the local market where we all purchased rain coats of various colors, fueled up on gas and soon we were on our way. We drove through small villages selling hundreds of fresh pineapples by the roadside, we stopped at a stand and ended up buying one massive pineapple for the entire group to share. We drove to Phaxouam Cliff Waterfalls national park. The falls were beautiful, a...

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Jan 1, 2010 - Bolaven Plateau

To start the New Year with style, we decided to rent motorcycles and ride through the Bolevan Plateau and visit waterfalls. We rode about 105 miles round trip, at 25-35 miles an hour. Tony: The waterfalls were really pretty. It was especially fun because there were no rules, and we could go wherever we wanted. We could climb on top of them, swim at the bottom, jump off the top, drown, break an arm or leg, crack a skull. One Lao guy even had an ak47 with a case of beer. He was apparently having a picnic with his girlfriend. (hey hey you you...

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Jan 25, 2009 - Tad Lo

Spent 2 days and one night here. Again another relaxing area with beautiful scenery, waterfalls and plenty of hiking. The bungalow Jamie and I stayed in was really cheap(20,000 kip) $2 usd and some change. we had the guy who owned the bungalows take us on a 3-4 hour trek the second morning up to a waterfall, through the forest, farming areas, and a couple villages. Great hike and what a way to start out the morning! Planned on staying here 2 nights, but we crunched our time so we could have more up north.

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Feb 25, 2008 - The Bolaven Plateau, Laos

Hi all! We are now in the heart of the Bolaven Plateau, east of Pakse, in Southern Laos. Internet access is spotty, so we probably won't be sending any updates (or responding to any emails) for a while. No worries, though! We're heading off on a elephant ride tomorrow, after a long hike through traditional Lao villages and a soak in the river today in a little town called Tad Lo (named after a local waterfall). We'll be back in Pakse on Friday or so, and then head up to Vientienne, the capital. We'll have a chance to get reconnected...

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Jun 29, 2007 - Tad lo - Day 2

This morning we drove over to the lodge to eat breakfast and go out on an elephant ride, which we had requested the night before. The owner of the lodge, a friendly, smiling man, has two elephants which he allows guests to ride for a very small fee. We walked down to watch the elephant's keeper give her a bath in the river before our ride and she was absolutely adorable. Her name is Moon and she is a 69 year old Asian Elephant. She took us on an exhilarating 90-minute ride through villages and jungle, and through some pretty rough, muddy...

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Jun 28, 2007 - Tad lo - Day 1

We woke to driving rain and the heart-breaking realization that we would be on a scooter in that rain. No ponchos, of course, we had forgotten to bring them, so it was going to be a "wet one". We didn't exactly rush out so we got a late start but eventually got on the road and headed towards Tat lo Waterfall. It was very cold and very wet so we stopped to get some hot noodle soup at a roadside restaurant before continuing on. The drive itself though, was beautiful and we drove through many little villages with mountain views and plantations...

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Feb 8, 2007 - Motorbiking

Hired a motorbike for two days, left most of my stuff in a guesthouse and went up on to an area called the Bolaven Plateau - fertile coffee growing area and waterfalls abound. The driving was a lot of fun, the getting lost less so: there's so much more potential for going horribly wrong when you have a map with only half the roads marked on and you're traveling at 40km/h rather than 4km/h. The first wrong turn ended at an army base, where my confused look at not being at the waterfall I should have been at attracted much laughter from the...

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Geraint's World Trip

Apr 23, 2006 - Tat Lo

Got to Tat Lo by public bus and shared a tuk tuk from the main road with an Australian couple. Tat Lo is a really nice area. The falls are surrounded by a few different villages. We stayed in a nice guest house that had bungalows in the bush up around the falls. We went swimming in the falls with some of the locals. The kids are more confident with the tourists here, and quite cheeky. They were fearlesly slipping down the rocks in fast moving water falls - a pass time that keeps them occupied for quite awhile after school. One of the guest...

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Mar 28, 2006 - To Tad Lo

28 March 06 - To Tad Lo Had my best sleep last night, I think for the whole of this trip. Went to the girls' guesthouse early for breakfast. Another two French lads joined us for the day trip - Arnaud and Almaud, which was confusing, and an American woman from Boston, US called Donna. We left just after 0800 and had a Laos man in the back of the truck, who turned out to be our guide called Lan but he seemed pretty miserable, didn't introduce himself or say a word until we made our fist stop at a tea plantation, which was mildly interesting....

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Feb 10, 2006 - Tadlo

On our way back to Pakse we stopped overnight at Tadlo, downstream from one of the small hydroelectric schemes. There are very scenic rapids as the water tumbles over wide basalt rocks. The grandly named Tadlo Resort has small cottages built in the style of the village houses with woven bamboo sides and thatched roofs, but with modern bathroom facilities. Nice woven fabrics were used for the interior decoration. We spent a peaceful evening on our private veranda overlooking the falls and watching young boys skinny dipping and water sliding.

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Laos 2006

Jan 27, 2006 - Pakse

27 Jan Fri Wanted to catch the 9 o"clock bus (next one at 2 p. m.). Our early arrival after 8 was worth it, the bus left at 8:30. No sickness this time but the inevitable plastic chairs occured. We stopped quite frequently and each time a few people got on. No lunch break, just the usual roadside breaks. The road was surprisngly flat, this is the land of the plateaus. PAKSE Founded by the French as an administrative post at the Mekong River and Se Don, capital of Champasak province. Smaller, but more lively than Savannakhet (at least for...

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Sep 14, 2005 - Totally Tad Lo

Our kind friend from Khao Lak, Nishan, recommended (by way of a black permanent marker on Jon's forearm) that we were not to miss Tad Lo in Laos. "Get there before the place changes, and all the tourists arrive," he had said. So we took Nishan's advice. And we went. Immediately after arriving in the early AM on an overnight bus ride to Pakse, we took a Tuk-Tuk to another bus station and were guided towards the local bus to Tad Lo. After a brief stop at the WC and some sticky rice for breakfast, we rode the uneventful, yet beautiful 86K...

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