The Pakse Hotel in Laos, and its Role in the Plot of BACK.
Above Photo: The sky just after sundown from the roof of the Pakse Hotel in Pakse, Laos.
In my novel BACK, two groups of American and British backpackers have a fateful dinner on the roof of the Pakse Hotel in Laos, watching a magnificent sunset over distant mountains.
The rooftop dinner seals their fate as the two groups agree to head into the jungle together on a disastrous trek to the Ho Chi Minh Trail looking for something left behind during the Vietnam War. The British backpackers in particular have their own shadowy agenda.
On this trip around Laos, where I’m following in the real-life footsteps of the backpackers, we also had a drink and watched the spectacular sunset and light show from the top of the Pakse Hotel, although staying there was beyond our budget this time.
Instead we stayed in a shithole called the Lao Cha Leune hotel, around the corner from the Pakse Hotel, but a million miles away from it on any other assessment.
I’m used to staying in bad hotels, but I resent paying a high price for a disgustingly filthy room, so we moved out the following day.
We ended up at the nearby Nang Noi Guesthouse, which was clean, friendly (a commodity increasingly rare in Pakse) and cheap, and it’s where I’d stay if I ever go back to Paske.
But sitting on the roof of the Pakse Hotel admiring the amazing sunsets is one of the best things a visitor can do in the town, and that’s why I used the roof of the hotel as a location in BACK for my ill-fated backpacker dinner.
For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War the Khmer Rouge and backpackers trekking into the war-ravaged jungles of Asia, see also: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/
For POWs left behind in Laos, see:
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