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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... and a new adventure. There are about 20 passengers from all over the world, we have been chating mainly with a Canadian couple around our age.
There were probably about 25 boats all interlocked together but with a bit of pushing and shoving we were out on the Mekong and heading towards Pakbeng (about 8 hours away) and then the wind started ...talk about cold. They handed blankets out but with ...
With a brief stop at the White Temple, we spent the night in the town of Chiang Khong, to make an early start for our border crossing to Laos - good job we did as the formalities seemed to take for ever. Having filled out endless forms, and paid our $35 (US) - or $42 for Canadians (no explanation for the extra charges....!) the next fun activity was getting to grips with the local currency. Having mastered the Thai Bhat at a rate of around ...
... and we checked with the owner of the bar, who we had to call Mamma (she explained in a 'lovely' manner that remnded me of a Koebes in cologne that we coildn't call her by her first name we were no friends yet - and Mamma was obviously less personal!!!), about getting tickets for the slow boat. 'No problem I have tickets. 240,000 Kip per person'. Apparently she could offer everything. We booked the ticket with her, and also ordered baguettes for the morning so they are ...
My alarm going off at 6.45am was very unwelcome, I could of easily stayed in bed but we had a boat to catch, and more importantly I wanted a decent seat. We packed our bags, and gave back the key, and started our decent down the road to the boat, stopping to buy breakfast & lunch for the journey. We were some of the first on board, and picked the slightly more spacious looking seats over the bus seats, also saving some for Chris, Katie and Maggie. ...
a 6am alarm is never good but we have to make our way through the border to Laos from Thailand before catching our 'slow boat' to Luang Prabang along the Mekong river. After paying our $35usd to get into the country we meet our guides for this stage of the trip aboard an open taxi car (a big tuk tuk). We have a private boat which seats 50 for just us 4 tourists, so there are more boat staff and guides than ...