Relaxing in Thakhek!

Our crazy road trip around Thailand and Laos on a tricycle (saleng).
  • Saleng expedition #50
  • Thakhek
  • 0 km / 0 miles
Time to relax in Thakhek! The tourists arrive here to start the Thakhek Loop or continue their journey to towns like Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang or Luang Namtha. But not us, we did nothing touristy. Tours can be booked to go kayaking, cycling or caving at the Konglor Cave. Thakhek is comfortable, especially at the river front. The Mekong river floats slowly and on the other side of the river lays Thailand. There is not a lot to do here, so just relax, have a massage and plan your trip!

After one month in Laos it's almost time to cross the border again to go back to Thailand. Laos has been a great adventure with beautiful nature and less developed than countries like Thailand. We were unlucky to have this extreme cold weather but it has been great. Here's the things I liked the most about Laos and the things I will NOT miss. :)

5 Things I will miss about Laos:
  • The delicious French bread / baguettes;
  • Having no coins in my pocket, just paper bills;
  • Cheap Lao-Lao whiskey and BeerLao;
  • The same Beerlao street sign, table cloth, tissue box and menu holder at most of the restaurants;
  • Almost no souvenir shops and tourist traps, just enjoy it as it is.

Things I will miss about Laos!

5 Things I will NOT miss about Laos:
  • All the animals on the road; sleeping dogs, cows, ducks, pigs, etc.;
  • Garbage everywhere; just throw it out of your car or house and burn it every now and then;
  • Dusty, bumpy roads and ongoing construction;
  • Do it yourself restaurants; no customer service or welcoming smile, no English or any other form of communication, nothing available;
  • Eating Pho (Beef noodle soup) every time for breakfast and lunch because there's nothing else on offer along the roads.

The water front 'promenade' from Thakhek with amazing sunsets.

5 Good restaurants in Thakhek (marked on map!):

1. Restaurant Le bouton d'or boutique! Steamed vegetables with tomato sauce dip, green papaya salad and spicy squid salad.

2. D-D Restaurant! Try the sandwich!

3. Sabaidee restaurant: Take the Caesar salad, it is a meal itself like written on the menu! Next door they offer great massage! (Sabaidee massage).

4. The Kitchen / Inthira hotel restaurant: Try the Lao Steak!

5. Smile (Boat) Restaurant with VIP parking in the wine cellar!

Inthira hotel, parking the saleng in the restaurant (as requested)!

Accommodation recommendation: Inthira, Thakhek
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Try to figure out these menu items! Anyway they are not available. :)

To be continued, stay tuned!

  • 4624 km / 2873 miles done total
  • 1376 km / 855 miles to go
  • 74 days done
  • 18 days to go
  • 34 provinces crossed
  • 11 provinces to go

Phuket - Phang Nga - Ranong - Chumphon - Prachuap Khiri Khan - Phetchaburi - Ratchaburi - Kanchanaburi - Suphanburi - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Singburi - Chainat - Uthai Thani - Nakhon Sawan - Phichit - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Uttaradit - Phrae - Lampang - Lamphun - Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son - Chiang Rai - Bokeo - Luang Namtha - Udomxai - Luang Prabang - Vientiane (khwaeng) - Vientiane (prefecture) - Kamphaeng Nakhon Wieng Chan - Bolikhamsai - Khammuan - Nakhon Phanom - Mukdahan - Kalasin - Roi Et - Maha Sarakham - Buriram - Nakhon Ratchasima - Nakhon Nayok - Pathum Thani - Nonthaburi - Bangkok

Saleng expedition, intro
Phuket Town to Laem Phrao, and we're off! (Saleng 1)
Laem Phrao to Khao Lak, the Dutch bobsled team! (Saleng 2)
Khao Lak to Praphat, thumbs up! (Saleng 3)
Praphat to Ko Phayam, saleng on board! (Saleng 4)
Ko Phayam, time to relax! (Saleng 5)
Ko Phayam to Ranong, hot springs & Loy Krathong! (Saleng 6)
Ranong to Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon), coast to coast! (Saleng 7)
Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon) to Bang Boet Bay, scenic route! (Saleng 8)
Bang Boet Bay to Thap Sakae, we have a problem! (Saleng 9)
Thap Sakae to Prachuap Khiri Khan, aircrafts crossing! (Saleng 10)
Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hua Hin, snakes and dead end roads! (Saleng 11)
Hua Hin, we need business cards! (Saleng 12)
Hua Hin to Petchaburi, visiting a tropical vine yard! (Saleng 13)
Petchaburi, amazing cave temple and aggressive monkeys! (Saleng 14)
Petchaburi to Kanchanaburi, discovering the walking directions of Google Maps! (Saleng 15)
Kanchanaburi, King's Day & Light & Sound Festival 2015 (Bridge over the river Kwae)! (Saleng 16)
Kanchanaburi, Bridge Over The River Kwae! (Saleng 17)
Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya, being the attraction and escort service! (Saleng 18)
Ayutthaya, writing Thai and some cultural differences! (Saleng 19)
Ayutthaya, ruins, strange tuk-tuks and Christmas time! (Saleng 20)
Ayutthaya to Lopburi, going Dutch! (Saleng 21)
Lopburi, bikers in monkey town! (Saleng 22)
Lopburi to Pho Prathap Chang, why didn't we get a car? (Saleng 23)
Pho Prathap Chang to Sukhothai, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Birthday! (Saleng 24)
Sukhothai, saleng at UNESCO World Heritage site! (Saleng 25)
Sukhothai to Phrae, we're not the slowest! (Saleng 26)
Phrae, think big! (Saleng 27)
Phrae to Lampang, 2000 km done! (Saleng 28)
Lampang, ladies not allowed! (Saleng 29)
Lampang to San Kamphaeng, visiting an elephant hospital! (Saleng 30)
San Kamphaeng to Chiang Mai, we made it before Christmas! (Saleng 31)
Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, Christmas time in the tropics! (Saleng 32)
Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son loop with saleng! (Saleng 33)
Muay Thai in Chiang Mai! (Saleng 34)
Countdown party 2016 in Chiang Rai! (Saleng 35)
Saleng to Mae Salong, the little engine that could! (Saleng 36)
Mae Salong to Chiang Khong, opium at the Golden Triangle! (Saleng 37)
Border crossing with saleng, we're in Laos! (Saleng 38)
Luang Namtha outdoor adventures! (Saleng 39)
It's too cold in the tropics! (Saleng 40)
Off the beaten track! (Saleng 41)
Relaxing in Luang Prabang! (Saleng 42)
Peak performance: Saleng at 1900 meters /6233 feet! (Saleng 43)
Tubing in Vang Vieng! (44)
Eating dust while reaching 4000 KM / 2485 miles! (Saleng 45)
Fixing the bike, one more time! (Saleng 46)
Reaching base camp, Thakhek loop with extreme cold weather! (Saleng 47)
Konglor Cave, underground river adventure! (Saleng 48)
Finishing the Thakhek Loop with the saleng! (Saleng 49)
Relaxing in Thakhek! (Saleng 50)
Border crossing with an unidentified object! (Saleng 51)
Farang in Isaan! (Saleng 52)
Reaching 5000 KM / 3107 miles around Roi Et! (Saleng 53)
Tree hugging and Khmer temples in Phimai! (Saleng 54)
Tasting new latitude wines in Khao Yai! (Saleng 55)
Cruising through Khao Yai National Park with the saleng! (Saleng 56)
We made it to Bangkok! The final chapter! (Saleng 57)
SOLD the saleng! (Saleng 58)

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