October 13, 2008 at 4:16 pm 1 comment


I’m in Pakse now, which is the main city in Champasak province in the south of Loas. Supposedly the coffee is very good here. It’s rural and small, but because of the (relatively) large number of travelers that pass through because of Pakse’s easy access to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, there are many guesthouses and the internet is relatively good. I only have 7 more days left to my visa and i still want to visit Champasak and Si Phon Don, so i might leave Pakse for Champasak tomorrow afternoon.

There is a big boat festival that everyone, everywhere i’ve visited in Laos has been preparing for and it will start this Wednsday! Along the Mekong there are lots of games and food venders and music at night. Some say that they’re there only because of the festival but i doubt it. I think it’s just night markets spruced up by the upcoming festival.

Here are a few pictures i took today at the morning market….




…with a captive monkey. her parents were tied up behind the tree in the same manner as she. even though animal captivity resonates cruelty, i couldn’t help but spend a few minutes holding and letting her climb me. she was so gentle and cute!



…. I have a desire to visit Russia (and Ukraine) before i return to the states. My return fight is through Japan, and i have a stop-over there. I (think) there is a land route to Russia through Japan and it would be really cool to spend a few months in Russia. I want to take the trans-siberian railroad and head towards Ukraine, eventually taking a flight to NY from Moscow… maybe… 

And i want to apply for a Ukrainian passport because it is probably easier to travel with one (and no visa fees!)


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  • 1. Dina  |  October 18, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Trans-siberian railroad will not be fun rather dangerous.


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