The sun has risen a good hour ago and we’re still at Chitpasong bus terminal in Pakse. We didn’t know what to do and where to go. After a while, we realized that we didn’t have a place to stay. Lugging our heavy backpacks, we walked around to check out our lodging options. Two blocks away we saw FoRest Hotel with its refreshing white finish and glass walls.
|Coffee shop in front of FoRest Hotel|
After a little getting-to-know stuff, he introduced his lovely wife to us, Ms. Mina, the General Manager of the hotel. Heaving a sigh of relief, I instantly knew that this will be home for us.
|Lobby cum Japanese Restaurant|
|Japanese Mini Mart|
The Standard Twin Room was spacious with single-sized and double-sized beds. The clean white finish was adorned with mustard yellow drapes. A separate work station, TV, individually-controlled air-conditioning, electric-powered fan, mini fridge, coffee and tea-making facilities and bottle drinking waters were available.
|Standard Twin Room|
The en suite toilet and bath was well-equipped with hot and cold shower, shampoo, shower gel and bath towels.
Complimentary WiFi connection was also available. We used this in plotting our itineraries around the province.
We settled in and dozed off on what supposedly just a quick nap; we ended up sleeping the whole day.
|View from our window|
|Sleepy Pakse at daybreak|
Hotpot was served with our chosen meat and veggies. It was so good that we asked for some steamed rice to fulfil our carbo needs. It was nice chatting with the local staff and our newfound Filipino friends. Stories from home and the struggles of working abroad were the focus of our chitchats. Our regular beer sesh followed after.
Breakfasts were usually a choice of Japanese dishes. The legit chef from Japan served us great meals every morning with their standard fresh iced tea.
|One of our Japanese breakfasts|
Our last stop during the Laos leg of our two-month backpacking trip around Southeast Asia was the capital city of Laos - Vientiane. We were, again, assisted by the great staff of FoRest Hotel on securing a sleeper bus ticket to the city.
Leaving was not easy, as expected. We made great friends around the city and leaving meant that we needed to say goodbye to each and every one of them with a promise of coming back again sometime in the near future. FoRest Hotel, with its perfect location, provided a good base camp for our Pakse adventures.
FoRest Hotel – Pakse, Laos (book online)
Ban Taasalakham Mueng, Xe Don Riverfront,
Pakse, Champasak, Laos
Contact Numbers: (+856) 205.865.2620 | (+856) 205.593.8229