La Kawhn sleepy Savannahket & Sabaidee to rural Laos.

For the second biggest city in Laos, Savannakhet is on slow mo sleepy time. We loved exploring the beautiful old buildings and chilling out in this laid back town but knew we had to keep the pedals turning or we would never leave this chilled out place on the MeKong.

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Streets of Savannahket – view from guesthouse
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Catholic Church in Savannahket
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Sleeping at the markets amongst the chilles, gold and tobacco she was selling.
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More sleeping in her shop.
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Live chickens for sale at the markets.
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Baguettes for brekki with scrambled egg, happy cow cheese, salad. All for $2. Yummy!

29th July farewell to Savannakhet and we are hitting rural Laos making our way East towards the Vietnam border.  What set off to be a 30km day turned into 107!!!

Savannahket – Muang Phalanxy 107km

We blew through Seno at the 30km mark when we saw it was just a dusty junction town. What a difference to Savannakhet with the rural village people so friendly. For 6 hours we were waving left/right, Sabaidee, Hello, Goodbye, Good morning and welcomed with friendly faces and smiles we will never forget. The scenery was amazing seeing the rural village lifestyle.

We saw scooters on the top of buses, people on the top of minivans, live chickens on the back of scooters, scooter on the back of a scooter. We dodged goats, cows and buffalos and the odd wandering pig. Oh and I ran over a snake. I saw it but not wanting to swerve into traffic I raised my feet off the pedals, closed my eyes and let out a wee squeal and hoped that when I opened he wasn’t wrapped around my pedals.  Phew safe and one less snake in Laos to worry about now. We saw the village people in their everyday lives with all but nothing but so happy. Showering by bucket in the front of their shack, kids doing number two’s in the trough by their house and still managing a wave and smile as we bike by.

The next town we got to was Donghen at 67km and the heavens opened. We checked out a guesthouse and it was dump  (but a palace compared to their abodes) but I kind of drew the line at a hole in the ground loo. So we had a feed and made the call to push through to the next town when the rain stopped. As we had got off to a late start (as we were only planning on a 30km day) the sun was starting to fall behind us. Was perfect riding temps and so lovely and peaceful on quiet roads as we approached Muang Phalan at 5pm. Hmmm no guesthouse! We pushed through another 3km and still no guesthouse. At this stage we were thinking of every possible option as to where we could spend the night. Maybe we could sleep at the school and take turns about catching a few zzzs, or just drink beers at a restaurant until closing and then crash on the floor! With a bit of charades we were pointed to keep going so going we did and it was the best sight seeing this road side guesthouse 3km further on. Kind of what I imagine Lee Child to call his ‘no tell motels’. Who cares it was a bed with a fan, cold beer and water sold out the front and a sit down toilet with a bucket and after 107km in the heat and pondering what our alternative options may have been we were so excited. We crashed in no time.

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Seno junction kept on going.
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Fruit stall on side of road selling the tiniest pineapples
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Stunning scenery all day
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Laos house and the storm on its way
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Goats, goats and more goats. Even saw grilled goat on a sign. Keen to try that.
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Looking a little concerned at aliens on bikes
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Goats everywhere
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Villages
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Dodging cows
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Rural primary school
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Goats hanging out
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Last night’s digs
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The owners boy of the guesthouse checking us out
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Such a welcome sight
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The little boy being superman.
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That tasted so good after a big day
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Great day biking through rural Laos.

Muang Phalanxy-Muang Phin – 58km

Up early and hit the road this morning. Once again lovely scenery over undulating terrain and overcast pleasant conditions. Arrived Muang Phin which is such a quiet and remote town and found ourselves a guesthouse and can’t believe that it even has wifi! Found a place for lunch and ordered fried rice and omelette.  A handful of dining options we know how to order in Laos language which is really similar to Thai language. Chilling out now after two great days riding.

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The postcard scenery continued.
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Poplar mode of transportation for carting goods and the family

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These girls were stoked with the lollies we gave them
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Drinks break and the daughters chilling.
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Chilling out underneath the house
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Drinks stop this morning.
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Kitchen at lunch stop
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Kids out selling goods
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The only piece of bad road over past 2 days
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Tough going in the wet season

 

 

2 thoughts on “La Kawhn sleepy Savannahket & Sabaidee to rural Laos.”

  1. Great pics and great memories to look back on.
    So perhaps the goats eat the snakes!!.
    Lions and Hurricanes both easy winners so they meet in the final at Wellington.
    And the Lions rested all their top players when they went to Argentina a couple of weeks ago. You would be totally hosed off if you lived in Johanesburg.
    XX to you both.

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  2. So loving the photos! Showed Alec and J-L, we all (being Greek) are loving seeing all the goats…lol. gosh the prices are amazing!
    Stunning shot of the Catholic Church thank you for sharing. As for the Lions Hurricanes match..yep Alec sure gutted re the Argentinian match, as a home final would have made a huge difference all things considered…ah well in this house….it’s always got to be may the best team win! Safe travels and more wonderful adventures. xxx

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