Pakse, Laos ~ A Mopey Mekong City

 

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This massive 40m waterfall was the highlight, I sat on the top, dangled my feet over the edge and giggled with that childish fear of height coupled with excitement.

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Chicken head served with the meal! This was no plump factory raised bird, this was a yard-bird, meat was as hard to find among the bones as it must have been to chase and catch that chicken.

Later, I happened upon a Trattoria Italiana in Pakse, and of course tried it out when I spoke some cursory Italian with Corrado, the owner/chef. He was a smile wrapped around poor posture. There is a small menu of pastas, panini and some meat dishes as well as home made desserts and cheap wine. A nice surprise in a dreary town.

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On the 7th floor of the Pakse Hotel, there are vistas of the Golden Buddha on the distant mountain, the swirling river and a town asleep before 9pm. I was full from all the pasta so just ordered something light–gazpacho.

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There was a large, torso-sized fish frying beside me, covered in salt. It smelled great, but way too big for one person.

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Walking farther along the river, past the grilling fish, there is a local place where we ate some spicy, delicious Lao food.

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Nothing amazing here, just a good stop in Southern Laos to help move on from the horizontal pace of 4,000 Islands.

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