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... Whilst Zawadi and I decided to take a sleep, dad went out to explore the history of this outpost. The French made their last stand at hill A1 here, which the VC dug under and blew up. 1954 marked the end of French colonial occupation, but the struggle to reunite North and South Vietnam had begun, and as you know, the USA ...
... politely declined as taking pills from strangers didn't seem like the wisest idea to me! I eventually made the decision to sleep on the floor in between Ollie and my chair. It was a bit of a tight squeeze but at least I was flat and lying on my side was ok, I only woke up a couple of times with a severe Clostrophobic feeling but soon went back to sleep! In the morning Ollie said I definately made the right decision and he wishes he had thought of it too! History and ...
... take to Lao for example a tonne of cigarettes or massive sacs full of God Knows what. We then had a relatively straight forward trip to the border the bus was quite full and the back two rows were taken up by packages but it wasn't too bad. At the border Tom had to borrow money off out dodgy driver since we had brought exact money for the visa but then being corrupt they threw on extra stamp charges etc. which we ...
We arrived in Dien Bien Phu early evening to be met by the usual onslaught of 20 guys shouting transport and guesthouse suggestions at you. We thank the driver for his great driving and get out of the bus station pronto. We go to my first pick of guesthouses and are followed in by some touts. The rooms are awful so they lead us to their other guesthouse round the back. Still not good we end up paying $15 for a large clean room at the 3rd place behind Viet Hoang. The ...
The bus journey took us through many hill tribe villages in the very
remote north of Laos. It was so interesting looking at the village way
of life seeing people starting the day in their very basic huts that
were beside the road. We had heard that this route used to be very slow
going on a dirt road but it had very recently been sealed so we were at
the Laos border just before 9am. We all hopped out, there were around 8 people