Photos: Riding the Bolaven Plateau, Part 1

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Photos: Riding the Bolaven Plateau, Part 1

The Bolevan Plateau is a high, fertile patch of mountains in southern Laos. We’ve rented scooters for a week and will be exploring the area, first circling the plateau and then riding across it on our way back to Pakse. First stop: the delightful town of Tat Lo.

 

Photos: Riding the Bolaven Plateau, Part 1

Our first stop out of Pakse was at a resort with a waterfall and on-site ‘ethnic village’. The falls were lovely and the village was more of a heritage park, with sample huts built in the styles of the various tribes in the area.

 

Photos: Riding the Bolaven Plateau, Part 1

Most of the huts were empty –it is low season, after all– but a few inhabitants were busy weaving cloth or making bamboo baskets.

 

Photos: Riding the Bolaven Plateau, Part 1

Stopping at a roadside market to buy a drink, we met this very proud father. His son wasn’t quite sure to make of the strange farang.

 

Photos: Riding the Bolaven Plateau, Part 1

Arriving in Tat Lo, we were greeted by the impressive Tat Lo Falls and waited out a rainstorm, drinking beer at the resort restaurant right by the falls. After the rain stopped, we found a cheap bungalow on the river just 100 feet from where this photo was taken for $7 a night.

 

Photos: Riding the Bolaven Plateau, Part 1

Tat Lo is a beautiful town and it’s right at the cusp of becoming a tourist destination. At the moment, there are only a handful of guesthouses and restaurants and the local inhabitants go about their business, content to let you wander about and soak up the atmosphere.

 

Photos: Riding the Bolaven Plateau, Part 1

Nearby Tat Suong Falls is quite spectacular, even though it wasn’t flowing at full capacity when we visited. A short, steep hike leads you to the very edge of the falls, with a great view of the two hundred feet drop to the rocks below.

 

Photos: Riding the Bolaven Plateau, Part 1

This little guy played tour guide while we were at the falls, showing us how to safely cross to the side with the best views. He never spoke a word.

 

 

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SHABL - Rob September 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Awesome shots, rumor has it you are heading to Chiang Mai, is that true? Definitely get to see more when renting a bike, I’d be all over it if not for the whole head injury debacle.

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wes September 10, 2010 at 10:11 am

Thanks! Yeah, I’ll be headed that way in a couple of weeks. Will spend a couple of weeks in the north of Thailand before heading on to India. Are you in the area?

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Michael September 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I love this area of Laos, great falls and scenery. Don’t miss the coffee and tea

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Cam September 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Looks like a great place!

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Jade September 10, 2010 at 10:10 am

ooohhh! I love the one of the lady weaving the rugs! beautiful.

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wes September 14, 2010 at 9:53 am

She was very sweet. Had an adorable daughter, as well.

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Jodi (Legal Nomads) September 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Great photos, as always. Wish I could join you and Rob in Chiang Mai this fall. Alas, you’ll both just have to come back in early 2011 ;). Looking forward to the next post! -Jodi

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wes September 17, 2010 at 9:34 am

Thanks, Jodi! I’ll bump into ya again somewhere, I’m sure :)

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