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Udon Thani & Nakhon Phanom in north-eastern Thailand; across Mekong river to Laos, Hin Boun river, Konglor cave, Heup cave, Lao Luang villages, Savannakhet, Pakse, Tad Fane waterfalls and re-enter Thailand at Ubon Ratchathani: 05 - 13 Nov 2007

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Savanakhet town buildings
Savanakhet town buildings (*)

Savannakhet, a Lao town across the Mekong river from Thaland's Mukdahan, is a small town with mixed colonial and Chinese architecture. There are some temples (wats), and it is nice to walk around the town in the evening and early morning. The eastern mountain part of the province offers lots of places to discover under nature tourism.

Tad Fane waterfalls
Tad Fane waterfalls

Next day, after a morning walk along the Mekong river bank, we continued southward to Pakse (Pakxe) and then headed east to Tad Fane twin waterfalls. The waterfalls are two streams dropping into the deep vertical hole from the eastern edge. In the bottom of the valley is the pool that creates Bangliang river that flows into Mekong river near Ban Bangliang village.

Tad Fane waterfall
Tad Fane waterfall

The right (looking from the western edge of the hole where Tad Fane Resort is) stream of Tad Fane waterfalls. The place the streams fall is lower in elevation than the western edge of the valley. The trail down from Tad Fane resort to the falls where they drop is 1/2 to 1 hour easy to steep slope often slippery in the wet season (November included).

Tad Fane stream
The stream that makes Tad Fane waterfalls (*)

One of the two streams that make the waterfalls. These rivers flow zip zap through the forest on the plateau of table top mountain which is nowadays famous for its many coffee growers. Like in the Khammouane and Savannakhet provinces this Champasak (province) hills are nestled with caves, falls and underground rivers.

Tad Yuang waterfall
Tad Yuang waterfall

From the waterfalls we walked through the forest and arrived at the road. There is another waterfall next to the road, called Tad Yuang waterfall. After a brief visit of the fall we walked through the coffee plantations and back to Tad Fane resort. We encountered few leeches during our walk.

A bungalow of Tad Fane resort
A bungalow of Tad Fane resort

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