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... boarding crossings are the main attractions at DBP but it still feels like it is off the beaten track. Very few people speak English and there are very few signs of tourism here and definately no western style food-not that we found anyway! After a little morning nap we found ourselves in the middle of a town siesta. It was eerily quiet so we decided the only thing to do would be to find an open coffee shop. We eventually found a delightful little place and had a ...
... 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
... at a specified border crossing. And the one I had designated was in the far North of Laos, which meant that I had to re-trace my route over the exact same 220 kms of road that had tortured me for 9 hours only 5 days before. The roads were a slippery & treacherous mud bath then, and so the never ending torrential rain over the last 30 hours did nothing but incite more foreboding about the adventurous challenge that lay ahead of me.
You might think that my ...