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Crossing the Mekong into Laos

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.

LA6 says:
Hi there, I am glad you enjoy Laos...i missing Laos so much, i should have known better no place like Laos poor but still happy...oh, about over time pay at the border it after office hours they do charge extra also at Thai's side as well;) i been through to the friendship bridge number of times when i was in Laos. Take care!
Posted on: Aug 17, 2007
moorsideman says:
Sounds good - hope the water's calm.

(Oh btw this entry is headed Peru - bobbing about a bit !!)
Posted on: Mar 13, 2007
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Crossing the Mekong into Laos
Crossing the Mekong into Laos
Houay Xai
Houay Xai
View of the Mekong
View of the Mekong
Houay Xai
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