On Day 8 of my fourth trip to Lao, I left Xayabuli, in Sainyabuli province (I’m never gonna get the spellings straight and, apparently, either are they!) and took a sawng-thaew (pickup with a roof over two rows of benches in the back – sits about 10 people comfortably) to Pak Lai.
One of the neat things I’ve learned to do is pack along a couple of bags of individually wrapped Kopiko candies. These are small coffee flavored caramel candies. I haven’t had anyone turn these down, yet, and they make making friends on rolling transportation so much easier and a sure bet.
I love the ride between Xayabuli and Pak Lai (also spelled Pak Lay).
I’ve stayed in Pak Lai before and I like the town. But, my preferred spot to hang out in is PL2. So, as soon as I got to the northern Pak Lai “bus station.” I got on the tuk-tuk for PL2.
As happened last time, I had a great time in the town/village, again making new friends and seeing one or two people that I recognized from my trip there in fall 2012. Here’s an image one of the guys shot of some of my new friends and I:
The next day, Day 9, I left for the Way Back Home, again riding asawng-thaew, to the Nam Heuang border crossing. and travelling in the Loei area by sawng-thaew and then second-class bus to where our village road connects to the highway.
Before leaving the Khong, here is a video series produced by
, in 2008, that is excellent about the Mekong River.
Narration in Thai with English subtitles throughout: Part 1: http://youtu.be/qm1i_DZ5Jj8 Living River Siam
Part 2: http://youtu.be/TrkP7X3Fs6s