Crossing to Laos
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August 12th, 2008 – by: kerryandandrei
Kerry - we took the bus at 8am to get to the border town of Chang Khong in Thailand and then to crioss the Mekong river on a boat. We met 2 English guys on the bus, who were nice and a laugh as they were still drunk from the night before i am sure! Craig had travelled for a year in South America so we were reminising about all the places we had been to and then comparing where we were going to head off to on this trip,. We stopped a couple of times on the way but made it to Chiang Khong in the end at around 3 pm. We went down to the river to the immigration office which we found was under water!! The level of water in the Mekong was so high as it had rained so much! they had moved the office to another area so we had our passports stamped and then got on the boat to cross the border to Laos!
The crossing only took about 10 minutes and in that time Craig had managed to get chatting to a local guy on the boat and find out what the word for Hello was in Laos as well as thank you - Sabadee and Kap Chai, are the answers! We got to the immigration office and had our visas stamped and decided to go and find some accommodation.
We then headed off to find the office of the Gibbon Experience, which was one of the reasons we had come to Houay Xai. This is a trip into the Bokeo National Park where you can trek into the jungle with guides to see Gibbons, as well as zip line over the canopy of the jungle and stay in treehouses in the canopy of the jungle.
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