03.03.2016 - 05.03.2016 36 °C
Day 16 - 02 March 2016
We got on another bus to head for savannakhet, but this time, it was with the locals and lots of goods and packages that are dropped off at various towns and villages throughout the country.
We had just taken off from the bus station when some local sellers hopped on the bus, selling drinks, snacks and meat on sticks which is really popular in asia. They stayed away from the foreigners on the bus presumably because of their lack of knowledge of the english language.
The bus rolled through villages, small towns and little districts, dropping off passengers and several packages for the locals. At about 5.45pm, we stopped in this town that had a whole street of stalls. We were ushered off the bus and across the road to another bus where we were not sure was going, but after striking up a bit of a conversation with the guy across from us, we were reassured that we were headed for Savannakhet. Just before 7pm, we got to the town and walked about 5 minutes to our hotel. This hotel was a big step up from the place that we left earlier that day with nice bright furnishings, really modern facilities and had a really comfortable and relaxing air about it.
Guaranteed a decent night's sleep.
We ate at the cafe that was attached to the hotel for convenience and left the exploration of the city for the next day.
Day 17 - 03 March 2016
Life begins early in Asia and so began another new day for us in the Southern province and sleepy little city of Savannakhet.
This city is not used to seeing tourists and most backpackers bypass this town. The main reason we wanted to visit it was because of sightings of dinosaur footprints in the area and so in this vain, map in hand, we headed off to the dinosaur museum which might have led us to the footprints.
After walking for about 20 minutes and on the street where the museum was supposed to be, we had to ask for directions which led us around the block and eventually we found it.
It was actually named the Savannakhet provincial science and technology centre so hence we passed it the first time round.
We went into the museum which looked very quiet and it consisted of two rooms of dinosaur bones, some original, some replicas and most of the descriptions were in french and laos.
We also found a map showing where the possible sightings were and the nearest ones were about 100km from Savannakhet. This was a bit disappointing for us to say the least as we were under the impression from reading travel books, that the footprints were nearby the city.
We left the museum and headed for the riverbank where you could look across to Thailand and chill out. And that is exactly what we did, we found a nice quiet table right on the water and took shade from the incredibly intense sun. We read our books while drinking some cool drinks and realised then that we are allowed to do nothing ever so often on this trip. It doesn't always have to involve going all the time and being busy all the time.
We headed back towards our hotel, stopping at the bus station on the way to purchase our onward journey to Champasak. The ticket attendant told us to come back in the morning to get our tickets as apparently, they can only be sold on the day.
After chilling at our hotel for another hour or two, we hopped on a tuk tuk and went to the night market area of the city and ate in this cute little restaurant called Lyns cafe. I tried a medley of typical Lao food; black sticky rice, hot and creamy chicken soup, lao sausage cooked in banana leaves and dried, smoked beef which had a hard texture, while ciara ordered yellow vegetable curry.
Most importantly, it tasted really good and hence has good reviews on trip advisor.