Every time we tried to get out of bed the electricity went off, so we decided we should have a lie in.
Eventually we got up by torchlight and went to a coffee shop, Saffron Cafe, which by buying their coffee you were helping the local farmers. I had a double expresso and Guy had a double macchiato, seriously! We sat by the Mekong river and breakfasted on a Breakfast burrito and gingerbread pancakes, surely this is the pinnacle of middle class travelling…..in Laos…….
We spent a few hours wandering around the town, it is stuffed full of boutique hotels, French colonial buildings – most of which are now hotels or cafes, Spas and handicraft shops, very different to before and a bit of a shock.
Our mission for today was to get a hostel for the next few nights, we got one which was cheaper, with a window (no more dressing by torchlight in the blackouts) and with less of a man’s urinal aroma about it. Result!
In between photographing the town we sat by the river we had a coconut and scooped out the flesh for some nutrients.
Indigo Cafe appeared in front of us, we had been recommended this bakery so dived in. We wheezed our way to the rooftop terrace and found it full of people on laptops, mute, so we went back downstairs and had a tuna, caper, dill open sandwich.
Guy was most disappointed there was no avocado. They even had a sign to tell us middle class travellers there was no arvo.
More walking through the town, we politely declined offers of songthaw rides to the caves and waterfalls (we had done that in 1998!!) and enjoyed the sunshine. It was 30 degrees and the sky was blue.
We had a very important appointment at 4 pm with Mum and Dad for a birthday Skype, which was lovely despite a pigeon dive bombing us.
Evening descended and we managed to have a glass of red wine in hand with a cheese and salami ‘platter’.
Dinner was a repeat of last night, curry and beer. Honestly, what did you expect!