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.
Evening descended and we managed to have a glass of red wine in hand with a cheese and salami ‘platter’.