The moment the slow boat anchored at the Mekong River river bank, my perspective about Pakbeng was crushed completely. Pakbeng wasn’t how I imagined it would be. The village/downtown turned out to be a commercially active center. It has all the facilities that are needed by travelers. Most of the promoters for the hotels were teenagers and children. They were well trained to communicate in English and some even speak French fluently. Later, I got to know that schools in Laos teach French as an additional language. Their soft skill in convincing travelers to pull them to their hotel was fruitful (can be seen in video at bottom).
Hasan Indian Restaurant
My taste buds were ‘very sleepy’ for a long time without tasting any Massala and spicy food. The moment I saw Hasan Indian Restaurant banner in Pakbeng, my total physiological system started to reactivate. My cells in the body were jumping happily as though a missing child found its mother. The digestive enzymes in my body released lavishly and running happily into my blood streams. I got very ecstatic as I have not eaten Indian food for weeks. plus, Julien was very interested to taste Indian food as well.
Hasan Indian Restaurant
Sincerely, the food in Hasan Indian Restaurant was delicious but less spicy for my taste buds. Hasan himself admitted that the taste of the food has been modified to meet the spice toleration limit of westerners and that is why it wasn’t spicy enough. Hasan, Indian Restaurant and my French friend Julien kept reminding me of the movie ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ where Hassan Kadam, who is an Indian culinary novice that settles in a French village and decides to open an Indian eatery.
According to Hasan, Pakbeng bussiness activity is only from 6.30pm to 11pm until the travelers goes to bed and they have to wait for the next group of travelers that the boat brings the following day. On next day morning, Julien and I continued the journey by the same boat to Luang Prabang. Additional eight hours journey with uncomfortable seats……
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Part-4 will begins with super hilarious and very unusual video scene. Don’t miss
HI…..thank you so much for the time you spent at my site. My name is Suresh Narayanan. 44 years, solo traveler from Malaysia. I am very passionate on solo travelling, especially overland travelling by train, bus and boat. So far I have traveled Transsiberian Train Journey covering from Guangzhou, China to St Petersberg, Russia. In 2016, I crossed on Silk Road from Xian, China to Istanbul, Turkey covering China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan and Turkey. I also covered a rare route from Seremban, Malaysia to Seoul Korea overland crossing, Thailand, Laos, China and South Korea.
Most of my blogs speak more about incidents occurred during the journey. Hope you will enjoy reading, and again thank you so much.