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Bu the end of this blog entry i will have spent 36 of the last 48 hours on a bus! Today we arrived in Dien Bien after a casual 12 hour bus journey where we swapped to another one to laos. We got off our sleeper coach expecting another large sleeper coach for the next 10 hours. What we got was a terrible 20 seater mini van for the next 16 hours. Firstly we drove around Dien Bien Phu collecting random packages and ...
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 ...
... though they would prove to be that off road, they were going to be exactly the opposite on road.
Having water proofed my bags to the best of my ability I set off at 6.30am. Within the hour I would be soaked through and lying flat on my back in the middle of the road. The confluence of circumstances that led me & my bike to be sprawled on the tarmac were numerous and mainly of my own making.
Firstly, I was driving too fast for the conditions. I knew I ...
... for the entire afternoon. I managed to wake up for the hour it took to get some noodles down my throat and then went back to bed. Boring but necessary - too much rice wine and early mornings in the last week. Dave never even got up for dinner, which was most unlike him but it turns out he had a reason...
Dave thankfully had recovered from the ***** and his lethargy from the day before ready to hit the road and make it ...
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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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