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... br> The organised trip from Chiang Rai costs 1,550 Baht - which is around $50.
I paid the following:
Bus Chaing Rai to Chiang Khong: 65 Baht
Tuk Tuk to the border: 50 Baht
Bus over the bridge: 25 Baht
Tuk Tuk to Huay Xai: 25,000 Kip (or 90 Baht)
Boat Trip: 240,000 Kip (or 900 Baht)
So doing it yourself is around 400 Baht cheaper, however you have to stay a night in Huay Xai or Chiang Khong, if possible Inwould ...
... food! After a quick look on TripAdvisor we found out about a diner called Ray's Grille, a small restaurant with an American owner and items like philly cheese steak on the menu. I was able to get the most incredible falafel burger and AJ went for a full combo bacon burger. We didn't talk to each other for 10 minutes while we concentrated on eating with grins on our faces, completely unashamed of seeking out burgers in Asia. Whilst in Vientiane we also visited ...
So, today we woke up early (but by comparison to yesterday a veritable lie-in!), ate a breakfast of mixed foods and set off in the minibuses with all our belongings for the Thai-Laos border. 15 mins later we passed out of Thailand into No-Man's Land, boarding a coach to cross over the Friendship Bridge and to the Laos frontier. En route, we moved from a UK-style drive on the left hand side to a Continental drive on the right by way of a simple but effective ...
... in town. We went for a double fan room - 100,000 kip in a place we had seen ok reviews for online. We have found cheaper places since, but the room in clean and spacious and should do us just fine for a good nights sleep before the long slow boat journey to follow...! UPDATE: the power keeps cutting out in the whole town it seems! Lights go off. Fan goes off. Wifi goes off! I guess I will try and post this blog entry tomorrow...! Welcome to Laos I ...
... and start moving if I wanted to be ready on time…..plus the fact that Michel threw a pillow at me to get up! :-)
We were the first ones to arrive at the breakfast area; others soon followed within minutes. Without being cold outside, it was a little bit on the chilly side but with my jacket on, I was comfortable. ...