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Don Daeng to Bangkok

The end is nigh...

sunny 31 °C
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Time to leave paradise behind and head back to reality. An early start again this morning, for a 07:00 departure by Chinese Buffalo across the enormous sandbanks exposed by the low water level during the dry season. Even at that time it in the morning the sun is hot, and the temperature is already 31° C.
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The catamaran takes us further up the river this time, to a small village called Ban Muang, where another luxury minibus awaits us. I have to say that all the arrangements have come together beautifully on this trip, with no waiting for transport or missed connections at any time – quite something when you consider all the different modes of transport we've encountered during our journey through Laos.

From Ban Muang a smooth road took us to Pakse and the international airport for our flight to Bangkok. An extremely small provincial airport, we didn't expect it to take nearly an hour to check in the five people in front of us in the queue. Getting hand written luggage tags brought back memories of flights in days gone by. At least seat allocation wasn't by little numbered stickers as I can well remember from our first flights in the 1960s.


A brief touch down at Savannakhet, an even smaller airport, and we were soon in the nice new and modern airport in Bangkok. One word of advice – make sure your flight does not arrive during lunchtime! Only half of the immigration counters were open, and the queues snaked around the corner into the corridor, making slow progress – 3/4 hour to get through passport checks!

As we have less than 24 hours before the last flight home, we decided to stay near the airport tonight, at the Best Western Hotel. After all the exotic foods and various edible bugs on this trip I have been craving pizza for a few days, so that's what it had to be for lunch!


A swim in the pool, nice relaxing afternoon, then drinks and dinner.


Posted by Grete Howard 02:51 Archived in Thailand

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