Don Det - part of the 4,000 islands of Laos.
Had to laugh at the fact that my pack had a Fragile sticker on it. Fragile? I have been man-handling that thing for a month. There is NOTHIGN in there that is remotely fragile!
From there, I had another mini-flight (45 mins) to Pakse, Laos. I found a cheap hostel upon arriving at Pakse, and it was nothing fancy, that is for sure!
Water bucket floating by under our feet
I wandered along the sunrise side, as they call it, and sniffed out my options. I admit I wanted to stay on the sunset side, even though it would be hot as H*** in the afternoons. The sunsets at Don Det are supposedly top notch. I walked quite a ways and saw a bright lime green colored bungalow - 4 in all and inquired on availability. There was one available, for 50,000 kip per night. Equivalent to $5.85. I asked to see the bungalow - it was extremely basic. There was a bed (no creepy crawlers on the sheets or under, I checked), a fan on the ceiling, and a mosquito net. The
end. There was a nice balcony on the front side with a hammock that had my name on it. Sold! The temps late that afternoon were hovering at or over 100 degrees. It was a scorcher. And I have a fan at night. Here is to hoping my body is more acclimated that I think it is! I settle in and find my place in the hammock where I pulled up Kindle and started to read my 3rd or 4th book of the trip. I don't remember the last time I read a book. My problem is, once I start, and if the book is half good, I cant stop. So this is the perfect place for that 'problem'!! Unfortunately, there was no dramatic sunset due to cloud cover. Maybe the next day. While my bungalow had a sign that said 'wifi' - they didn't really mean the wifi we are used to back home. Their wifi meant that I had to go ask the owner to turn on her wifi/hotspot and that was sketchy at best and no where near as fast as a turtle, even. So I made my way to a local restaurant, there are TONS to choose from considering the size of the island, and found some wifi to use to research my next move. I would rather be using a paper book guide, but considering the weight of such an item, I have to resort to my phone having the knowledge. At approx. 10:40pm, there was an announcement made that 'power will shut off soon' - I wasn't sure that I heard that right so I went and asked someone. Sure enough, at 11pm, the power/wifi/etc. would all turn off for the night. Talk about unexpected! This is truly the island life.