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The officers at Camp Bastion rang a bell to wake us up at 7.30. We were herded into the restaurant for an unsatisfactory breakfast then bundled into a minibus to take us to immigration. Immigration was a slow, but uncomplicated affair which involved handing in passports then waiting with a bus load of other tourists to see whether you'd been granted entry. In no particular order, one by one, the ...
... Duah-wong). It was a real culture shock to see how different Laos was from Thailand and how poor the country actually is. It is just surround by beautiful untouched mountains and natural beauty. Douaxong introduced himself and described his childhood which was stricken with poverty but he is one of the nicest people I've met and genuinely loves his country and wants to show us everything Laos has to offer. We get to where our slowboats are docked and we had ...
... only way to get in and out was through a side window. A little puppy ran around the pontoon and clambered on and off the boat until the 'captain’ shouted at him and he ran off. Village children were running around, being fed bananas and naatjies (tangerines) by the tourists. It was all a bit mad to watch.
We set off at 9.05am and prepared for another 7 hours of boredom. I blogged on Mircrosoft Word and then carried on reading my book. (It's the ...
... and anxious for the following day.
The next morning we had to take two different buses to make it to the Laos border. Now, after waiting absolutely forever to get our visas, we were through. We endured a long speech about being cautious of scammers in Laos before boarding small buses to take us to the boat. Although the organizer promised that we would have assigned seats, as it often happens in Asia, this was a lie and everything was chaos. The boat was very long and ...
... for the short term, it's still a long ride, even on a speed boat, and looked much less comfortable. For me, it was all about relaxing and enjoying the views. Plus i can now say i've taken a boat cruise up the infamous Mekong river, which i've seen so much of over the past 6 months, in all 4 of the countries i've visited. I arrived in Houay Xay at sunset. This is a Thai, Laos border town with one country on each side of the Mekong, and is where the next blog update will continue from.