-Pakse, Laos-
I have been traveling around Southern Laos for the past few days, going from town to town. I recently visited Si Phan Don, a group of islands scattered in the Mekong near the Cambodia border. It was very beautiful there. Our bungalow overlooked the green Mekong and out onto the green islands and large trees that sprout out of the river. During the day it is very hot and humid, so many hours have been spent trying to minimize movement and activity. I have really enjoyed my time here in Laos. I have been doing a little exploring here and there, but for the most part I have spent the last week riding in shared taxis or taking bus rides and sitting in a hammock or in a restaurant drinking a fruit shake.

Tomorrow I will be taking a short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. I will probably spend 3 or 4 days exploring the ancient ruins at Angkor.