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The Exit.

After so many loops that I was getting motorcycle sick, it was time to head out of Laos. With the death of all things electronic, the primary directive was to get those repaired. My 80% plan was to head across the Mekong from Pakse to the Thai border and on to the town of Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand’s largest eastern town. I had done some internet research and contacted an American expatriate living there. He had done some legwork and had found a few camera shops as well as many computer stores. The only hesitation was that the camera shops did not do repairs in house but rather shipped them back to Bangkok. He assumed there were some in-house repair places but did not know any off hand. As there was little chances of getting any electronic work done in Cambodia with the possibility of Siem Reap and the capital Phnom Penh, Cambodia didn’t seem as a positive option.

Having a few extra days left on the $2US per day extension that I had gotten, I figured I would make a run south to the Angkor Wat of Laos, Wat Phu Champasak. It was a quick run of less than 40 kms south of Pakse so I just hopped on the bike one morning and headed down. The Wat is located on the opposite side of the Mekong so it required taking a makeshift raft (two canoes with a platform lying across them) across. As were readying to push off, a girl got dropped off by a moto taxi guy and she joined our little group. She was carrying a massive pack so I figured she was going to stay at the nearby village to the Wat. The drop off point is kind of out of the way and with a very low traffic rate, getting transport to the Wat is not the easiest. I was hesitant about offering help as I had become bitter after the electronics disappointments but as she was a solo traveler and we need to take care of our own, I decided to offer her a ride. Angela was a French journalist working for a newspaper in Phnom Penh. She had a week off and was going to do the southern swing. Somehow, as it became apparent that transport was going to be difficult she somehow invited herself to not only a ride to the Wat but also a ride back to Pakse with me.

The Wat was so-so interesting but the info I got was priceless. I told Angela of my camera woes as she was packing a nice DSLR, and she sold me on Phnom Penh when she guaranteed that I could get my camera fixed there as the many photographers there get their cameras fixed without a problem. I was somewhat debating on the validity of PP as a capital city should outweigh a large outlying city in Thailand. With Angela’s info, my ratio of options flip flopped with Cambodia going 90% and Thailand 10%. The reason for the larger percentage was that by going to Cambodia I would be able to travel through the rarely visited north and north east going from the most used overland border with Thailand to the least used in Cambodia. When options present themselves, the harder one is always more interesting.

So off to Cambodia we go.


One response to “The Exit.”

  1. Karie says:

    It’s nice to see your happier then before 🙂

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