Pa Suam is the best place to take your family for a picnic for those living in Champassak Province. People from all over the country would drive to this not so hidden paradise and enjoy nature. There would be Lao BBQ, Lao Green Papaya salad to go with the meat, and of course sticky rice.
We found a great spot for a picnic that day, with a nice view over looking the waterfall. While the adults were busy preparing Tapm Maak Hoong and Tam Maak Taeng, I explored the beauty of Pa Suam. The water is not deep so you can walk from one rock to the other.
My adventure came to a halt when it was time for lunch. My cousins and I were called on to wash up and set up the eating area. My relatives tend to eat more peppers than I do and after looking at the red Tam Maak Hoong, I had to ask for a mild version of the Lao Green Papaya Salad.
The mild version for people in Laos is not that mild, believe me. I know it’s really hot and spicy when each bite I took, tears were flowing down my cheeks. Of course my cousins were more than quick to laugh and make fun of their foreign relative, who can’t take the heat like my parents. I added lots of dried shrimps that I bought from Pakse New Market the other day to cut down the heat. It didn’t help much but it made the salad tasted really good.
We got some ping kai (grilled chicken) and kiep moo (pork rinds) to go with the salads and sticky rice to complete the meal.
After lunch, it was time to explore more beauty of Pa Suam. We had to cross a bamboo bridge, which is held together by a wire. I was told that few years ago this bridge didn’t have any wire. I was afraid enough to cross the current bridge. If this would have been a few years ago, I would have been happy staying on just one side of the waterfall.
I was afraid standing in the middle of the bridge but managed to take a photo.
There is a real bridge down further but my cousins thought it is more fun to make me cross the bamboo bridge. It was quite an adventure, not knowing whether or not you are going to fall into the water.
I made it back in one piece taking the bamboo bridge again. Coming back is not as scary as crossing it the first time.