Wednesday 31st October - Savannaket
After another early start and lengthy bus journey,we arrived in Savannaket and took the last room in one of the few guesthouses in town - this involved a great deal of lino, cold water and a toilet that although in the western style, was raised an extra foot off the ground for some reason... meaning that a bit of a climb was involved to make use of the facilities! Still, the door was secure, there was a fan and the bed didn't have springs poking dangerously through, (or in fact any springs... probably more like a few bags of flour).
Since it was still raining, the guesthouse kindly lent us an umberella so that we could go out and explore... and explore we did. It took about half an hour, was uneventful, and ended in a cafe where we indulged ourselves with comfort food and attempted to dry off.
We pottered around, trying to dodge the torrential rain, for the rest of the afternoon - the highlight was being stalked to and from the supermarket by an overkeen local - and ended the evening with a picnic in our room of crisps, baguettes, cow cheese (the only cheese you seem to be able to get in Laos - you know the stuff, like Dairylea triangles), and orange juice.
The next morning we got up bright and early with one purpose in mind - to visit the town's main attraction (it had been closed the previous afternoon) - the 'Dinosaur Museum'. All looked promising when we reached the entrance - a stern and starched looking lady took our entrance money and issued tickets, and there were some ominous looking dinosaur footprints to follow into the museum beyond.... which consisted of one room, about the size of the average living room (bearing in mind the building was huge from the outside), containing about ten fossils and the same amount of dinosaur bones in various sizes. There were also a few pictorial efforts from local school children, and what we are sure was a very interesting commentary on various wall plaques, albeit in French. [I was especially impressed with the flashing cristmas lights stuck to the wall in a lifesize shape of a dinosuar - Dave]
Whilst it may sound as though we were disappointed, we both enjoyed the museum and it's randomness very much, with the turbo air-conditioning being an unexpected bonus... now to catch a bus to Pakse, our final destination in Laos...