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Songkran in Ban Saphai, Pakse, Laos

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I've had a Lao girlfriend for a while now, living in Pattaya, and made a few visits to her home near Pakse in Southern Laos.  This is the first time I've been there for Songkran and it was an enjoyable change from the far more manic Thai Songkran celebrations.  It was also a different visit as we now have a 3 week old son who was visiting Laos for the first time!

 

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The water fights are mainly from young kids

 

Although my boy was a bit too young!

 

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The house is primitive

 

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But right by the Mekong River

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And lots of fun for kids

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Although my boy slept for most of the time!

 

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There was some Buddhist stuff

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Lots of tying string around wrists

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Eating

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Dancing

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Drinking (Beer Lao naturally)

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Happy kids

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Animals

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Rubbish!

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And kids!

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RedJazz

Great photos. I have also been to Pakse,and I must say it makes a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of Patts. I stayed at the Grand Champasak hotel on the banks of the river Mekong. Loved it. How did you get on?

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brewster

Great photos. I have also been to Pakse,and I must say it makes a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of Patts. I stayed at the Grand Champasak hotel on the banks of the river Mekong. Loved it. How did you get on?

 

On previous visits I've stayed at the Pakse hotel, but this time I spent all 5 days at the family home.  No air con or proper shower and an "Isaan" toilet.  Not exactly comfortable but I survived!

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brewster

How can I rotate some of the photos?

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bangandthedirtisgon

Pakse's a great place to chill for a bit. It is however, developing pretty quickly. I'm guessing it'll be unrecognisable in a few years.

 

Bang

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redfred

Nice pic's Brewster and congrat's on the newborn.

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BigBangkokTheory

Congratulations, Brewster on your new family!  Chok dee

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THAJEC

Great, thanks for sharing Brewster. Laos attracts me more and more and I plan to go there. According photos and videos on the Internet is a wonderful country, even though it does not have the sea.

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brewster

Great, thanks for sharing Brewster. Laos attracts me more and more and I plan to go there. According photos and videos on the Internet is a wonderful country, even though it does not have the sea.

 

I've only been to Vientiene (on a visa run) and to my GF's home near Pakse (in these photos).  I guess I'm biased as I'm now the father of a half-Lao son, but I generally find Lao people very relaxed, friendly and genuine and although Pakse and its environs is really just Isaan, there are some beautiful places in Laos.  For me nothing can beat sitting in a riverfront bar on the Mekong at sunset with a large bottle of Beer Lao - and a beautiful Lao girl!

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