Muong Thanh Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMuong Thanh Hotel Dien Bien Phu
This hotel seems to be mainly used by business people and large groups. The guide who dropped us said he had never collected from here before. The rooms were quite basic and musty smelling. We washed some clothes and they took 2 days to dry. The staff were wearing their coats in the restaurant - hard to tell who was staff and who were customers - no name badges either. Set on the outskirts of town next to the main lake in town. 5-10 minute walk to restaurants and shops.
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Caught a 7:30am bus for the 8-hour trip. Had to deal with getting by one over-turned shipping truck and one landslide, but other than that the scenery through the mountains was amazing.
In Dien Bien rushed out after finding a great hotel to see the museum and watch the sunset from atop he memorial hill while people exercised and a couple of kids practised their flute playing.
... ice coffee served as an individual filter coffee, short and strong. Here we passed an hour or so continuing our Uno championship. (Not sure if I already mentioned but we have begun an ongoing Uno card championship and at this stage I am winning :) ). About 2pm the town started to come alive again and we found a 'supermarket' which sold neither bread nor fruit but it did have a giant bag of mentos sweets-there'll do nicely for our onward journey! Early evening ...
... 35 people in a 20 seater mini bus... For around 8 hours. There were people crouching/standing in the isle for 5 hours at a time. Us westerners had been squished around the bus with about half a seat each, i had a Vietnamese man sat on my feet for about 2 hours and another asleep on my shoulder for about 3. Personal space obviously doesn't translate! Luckily they got off before the end. Our research had been wrong ...
We drove about 8km then stopped for an hour and a half waiting for various deliveries which were rammed into and on top of the bus. We must remember 'a bus is never full'.
Once going we were stamped out of Vietnam with no problem. The little room to get the stamp was busting full as all the locals just scrimmage to get to the window and push past you - it feels so unbritish not to form a que!
Back on the bus 10 mins later we arrive at Laos ...
... we were travelling with had Vietnamese passports. There were
more officials standing around than there were passengers. Still there
was no one dealing with the passports. So we were all waiting around for
no real apparent reason. This was a communist country so maybe it made
sense. There were many border guys changing money with passengers, in
fact they seemed to be more interested in that. Probably a nice little
earner on the side ...