Hello, Goodbye

Some last views of Pakse.

the corner restaurant where we had our $3.50 dinner for two

Lao-style tuk-tuks look like short buses

hardboiled egg, anyone?

And then we were off to the Pakse airport with its bustling waiting area

to take a plane to Luang Prabang, with a stop at the Vientiane International Airport.

Vientiane is the capital of Laos, hence the big terminal

We had a two-hour layover, so we had time for lunch in the international terminal (above), which turned out to be a good move.

This dish was mostly devoured before I got a picture of it (it was larb, I think), but have you ever been served beautiful herbs and greens like this in an airport restaurant? I hadn’t. Beats a Starbucks sandwich any day.

I haven’t written much about the food so far because I don’t seem to have many pictures of what I ate. Usually I was so excited about my meal, I forgot to document it. For the record, Lao food is delicious – fresh from the fields and pesticide-free (for the most part); kind of Thai-esque, but spicier and with more emphasis on sticky rice, which is served with every meal and used as a utensil by the locals (ball it up, use as a scooper). I’m hungry just thinking about it.

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Our domestic flight to Luang Prabang was departing from the national terminal next door, so we left the big building and walked to the small one. No A/C here! Not much of anything, actually, aside from a small stand selling candy, drinks and assorted toys.

Oh, and the thoughtfully provided towel in the bathroom.

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