Coffee is one of Laos’s biggest exports and we were surrounded by coffee plantations. Since we are getting into the coffee harvesting season, the plants were really loaded down with ripe fruit. This begs the question: Why on earth did our hotel’s breakfast offering only include instant coffee??!!
We felt pretty cut off for a couple days with no internet available in any hotels or in any of the very limited area restaurants.
Transportation options were pretty limited as well. When we left the Plateau for our next stop in Pakse this morning, our best option was to take a sawngthaew, which is a pickup truck converted with benches to cart lots of people between villages. Since we were the last of the 30 people to cram into this one, we had to a squeeze onto a metal rack sticking out of the back — standing room only. Good thing the ride was only an hour!