Pakse - Si Phan Don - Stung Treng

Razzie

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22nd April 2019.
We left Pakse Hotel and head to Khonephapeng via R13.
Indeed, the view restaurant offered us meal with a view

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View of Khonephapeng from the View Restaurant

Heads to Don Khong and our accomodation was at Mekong Inn

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Stunning view of sunset from the bridge on our way to Mekong Inn

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A night stay at Mekong Inn for 180,000 Kips with breakfast.

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A cool dip in the pool after riding in a super hot day

23rd April 2019
We rented our bikes from a shop next to Souksabay guesthouse. 70,000Kips per bike. Fill up our tanks "kampung style" and we heads to the Don Khong Ferry South Pier.
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Filling up our tanks. 10,000Kips/ ltr

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Ferry crossing to Don Som at 10,000Kips per bike.

From the Don Som ferry pier, we rode our bikes on the dusty trails along the Mekong River Banks. Please do not follow the trails on google map as they are wrong.
Numerous domestic animals grazing on the dry padi fields, anxiously waiting for the hot dry season to be over.

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A hot day indeed.

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Getting close with the locals

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Visited one of the schools in Don Som

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Friendly students of the school. Guess that gal was attracted to me

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Getting to know the teacher

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Students were very well behaved

We rode our bikes further south till we reached the ferry pier that will take us to Don Det.

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Dusty trails all the way

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Happy faces under the burning sun

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Crossing across one of the wooden bridges

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Ferry crossing to Don Det at 10,000kips per bike.

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View of Don Det Pier

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Don Det Pier

Time for us to explore more on Don Det and Don Khon

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Remains of the Old French Port

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Locomotive from 1896

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On the Don Det - Don Khon Historic Bridge

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View from the Historic Bridge

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Somphamit Waterfalls. Entry fee 30,000Kips

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Walk along the trails and you will reach the Beach and Oasis Restaurant

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The Oasis

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We decided to head back to Don Khong
Via Nakasong taking the ferry from Don Det pier.

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Early dinner at Jasmin Halal Restaurant

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Approaching Nakasang Pier

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Rode our bikes up the ramp

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Boys will be boys

24th April 2019
We bid goodbye to Don Khong as we head to Veun Kham/Stung Treng border to cross into Cambodia.

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We bid goodbye to Mekong Inn Don Khong.

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Goodbye Laos

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Welcome To Cambodia

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Need to clear the 1st gate. Register our bikes on the record book and pay a fee of USD1.

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Settling our documents and papers for custom clearance.

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Customs declaration form for 1week in Cambodia at USD20.
 

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DavidFL

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Nice one. Beautiful photos of that area - the 4000 Islands are really something special & worthy of some island hopping.

This shot is fabulous
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Doesn't it amaze you down there, how clear the water is & how you can see all the fish swimming in the Mekong. Simply stunning.
Do you ever think you could live down there in that wetlands paradise? I sometimes think about it. Just a year to see how the the seasons go!

Where do you enter Laos?
Did you have any trouble getting in?

Thanks for a fabulous report - some nice info there that you have shared.
 

Razzie

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We entered Laos via Chong Mek/Vangtao border crossing. No issues at all. Always as ever friendly Laotian immigration and customs.

Wished I could have stayed longer in Si Phan Don. Perhaps do some community works for the schools
 

Moto-Rex

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Great repot Razzie, the 4000 islands are one of the best places in Laos that for sure.

What bikes are you riding?
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Thanks for the update on the border crossings.

Moto-Rex