21.07.2014 - 24.07.2014
I was dropped off the Salavan bus at small village near the Tad-Lo waterfalls. After some wandering around I found a bungalow by the river with a water-view that I may not repeat on this trip.
Yesterday I biked about 8km up the hill to the highest of the 3 waterfalls, with views of both the base and from the top. Biking through countryside, coffee plantations, small villages with assorted goats, pigs and variations of cattle. And many of these strange tractors that fascinate me - the tow bar is directly on the back of the 2 wheeled motor and the driver sits on the attached trailer.
It is ironic that on the first night here I dreamed of being flooded out. There has been some serious rain falling - much of it at night. Culminating in the river swelling to almost below my bungalow, albeit at a height difference of about 12 feet.
I saw the most amazing sight, twice, of Lao men on elephants enter the swollen river on one side, walk across it and out the other side. There was an obviously strong current but the elephants were completely steady. Which shows their immense strength, and also their reliability.