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Laos into Thailand (via Isaan)

From remote haven to tourist...er heaven

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Awoke in the wee hours and quiet serenity, just in time to see the gorgeous sunrise over the Meekong.
Took a share bus from Don Khong to Pakse, and then connected at the terminal for another bus, west bound into Thailand.

The bus stopped at the border for disembarkation and immigration check.
Once we processed through, the bus was waiting for us on the Thai side and we continued down towards Ubon Ratchathani.

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Ubon is curious quiet city; one of the major four of Isaan. It certainly isn't a tourist hub at all, and so feels marvellously un-farang'd.
The streets are quiet, serene, lit up, yet somehow bustling with nice restaurants, and shops and a fantastic night market.

Visitors to Thailand will become quickly aware of the higher proportion of folks working in tourism - hospitality and entertainment are from this region.
Ethnically, Isaan genealogy is closer to Lao, as is the language.
In this humble beholder's view, they're very beautify people.

I stayed at the Sri Isaan hotel at the suggestion of the friendly cab driver who intercepted me at the bus stop.
The hotel was super clean, nice comfortable bed, wonderful amenities and awesomely friendly staff.

In the morning, took the leisurely Air Asia flight down to Phuket.

Upon arriving took a cab straight to 'Bangkok Hospital' to get a sore eye checked out. I assumed it came from swimming in the Meekong....

If you need medical attention in SE Asia, Bangkok Hospitals (locations all over the country) are the best private hospitals I have come across in the world (and this includes Australia!).
I was seen by an eye specialist within about 10 minutes of arriving and registering!

Sadly doc's orders included "no swimming" until the thing had cleared.
After a series of tests it turned out to be a symptom of dehydration...

Coincidentally I had family in town and we call caught up at Bliss Beach Club (http://www.blissbeachclub.com)
Awesome food, vibes and very family friendly.

Phuket is a big diverse island - from the bustling and crazy Patong to the calm and serene Nai Harn.
Here's my entry on Phuket first time 'round

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Next update will be from sunny, mountainous Nepal :-)

Later....

Posted by SkinnyFists 01:15 Archived in Thailand Tagged lao ubon isaan

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