Portal to Bolaven Plateau
24.07.2009 - 26.07.2009 27 °C
My next port of call in Laos after Si Phan Don was Pakse the capital of the Champasak province. I arrived here after using a boat and bus (my magic ticket again proving it's worth - I'm half tempted to try it with the airlines on my way home such is it's power!).
There isn't a huge amount to see in the town itself but I did use the town as a base for travel to the Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau is a elevated region in Laos. It is located between the Annamite Mountain Range, along which runs Laos’ eastern border with Vietnam, and the Mekong River to the west. The plateau's elevation ranges approximately from 1,000 to 1,350 metres above sea level. The plateau is crossed by several rivers and has many scenic waterfalls. Some of these waterfalls are spectacular. The Tad Lo Waterfalls are very impressive surrouded as they are by lush vegetation and the vast amount spray that the waterfall throws up due to the power of the water cascading over the edge. I went out to get a photo and severely underestimated how wet I'd get. I cam back from my photo taking escapade looking like a drowned rat and unfortunately with a camera whose lens was now water damaged. I had to do some delicate repairs to get the lens out and remove the condensation, thankfully my repair work went well and there seems to be no long term damage. I also got to visit some of the ethic minority villages in the area and learn about there culture and belief system.
- **NOTE*** Photos might be a bit problematic for the blog for the next while. I'm having technical difficulties (modern technology might claim to be user friendly but I think it is very fussy with whom it is friends with!)