When I look at the star I put for this stop on Google maps, Nam Theun appears. It is made up of a few tiny buildings that serve primarily to travellers on the Thakhek loop.
I had a fantastic day at the Sabaidee Guesthouse. The room wasn’t amazing (I’ll explain), but it was a fantastic stop for me. The room was really inexpensive, and it included a large bbq dinner. I drank a few beers and ate a delicious lunch for around $13.
After renting a scooter in Thakhek, I arrived in Nam Theun.
The ride was around 100 kilometers long, and I had a great time. The weather was pleasant, if a touch warm. The terrain was fascinating. And the locals appeared to be pleasant. When I passed by, little kids would always cry “Sabaidee!” (hello).
The mountain ranges and rock formations were breathtaking. It was wonderful to travel slowly across the country and take in the sights.
Litter is a major issue in Laos. I’d heard it was probably because they’d been wrapping things in banana leaves for generations. They were only too familiar with flinging wrappers to the ground. The practice persists now that everything is packaged in plastic.
The scooter I rented was fantastic. It would be the best bike I had during my entire stay in Asia. Other rentals and the bike I purchased in Vietnam paled in comparison to this one.
As I got closer to Nam Theun, I began cycling alongside a large lake. The lake had been dammed and appeared to be quite recent. Because there were still so many trees in it, I say it appeared to be brand new.
I arrived at the guesthouse, parked my bike, and settled into my room. The loop was shared by a couple additional groups of passengers. I was the lone solo traveler. We all enjoyed getting to know one another.
A whiskey with a snake swallowing a scorpion was available at the bar. Although I’m sure it’s drinkable, this one was purely for show. They did had snake liquor for sale, but I didn’t want any of it. I decided to stick with the beer.
We took a walk down to the lake’s edge and shot some photos.
We went back to the guesthouse for dinner and a beer. I don’t recall much about that evening, but I do recall that this was my favorite loop stop.
This loop stop was fantastic, although the lodgings weren’t really 5-star. This toilet continues to perplex me. Have you noticed that there isn’t any toilet paper? In the bucket, there’s probably a ladle or dipper for pouring water down your butt crack. The toilet was an adventure in and of itself. I’m not sure if this included the shower. A hose is attached to the water spout, possibly a butt sprayer or a shower head (or both?).
The bed was adequate in terms of comfort and included a mosquito net. The walls were only made of plywood. It was adequate for a single night’s stay, and the pricing was excellent!
I planned to continue along the loop the next day. Everyone at the guesthouse had pooled their knowledge of the loop, and I knew the route would be a little tough the next day. I was going to be biking on some dirt roads.
I hope you’ll join me as I continue on the Thakhek Loop tomorrow!