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Up early this morning and into a tuk tuk to the bus station. Chiang Mai rush hour was wonderful - darting into back alleys, causing traffic jams, but nobody got stressed, just smiled at each other.
It took us 6 hours to get to Chiang Khong where we got someone to arrange our visa whilst we had some food and got some money for Laos. Then it was onto a boat for a two minute journey across the Mekong River and into Laos. Because it was after 4pm, the immigration officer was doing overtime so charged us accordingly!
We quickly found our guest house which has a tremendous view over the Mekong. Have booked our boat for our two day river trip down the Mekong to Luang Prabang starting tomorrow and are now getting to grips with the currency - 100,000kip equals 5 pounds!
We tested the local brew beerlao whilst watching the sunset over the river. First impressions of Laos are very good, very chilled and relaxed - travelling doesn't get any better than this.