Serene at Chiangrai Hotel
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... a millionaire! (It worked out to £87). We waited half an hour for our visas and went through their border crossing. We were officially in Laos; it was quite an anti climax.
I’d read blogs while we waited for our visas that said we should pay 10 000kip per person for a took took to the city centre. We ended up paying 18 500kip each (they’d originally asked for 25 000 kip, which is what the blog said to watch out for) and got on a took ...
... money after working his way up and learning more and more skills but then having spent it all again. It was really interesting. At the bus station he refused to take any money and bid us a warm goodbye - lovely man. We waited a while before boarding the bus. It was pretty luxurious with large reclining seats, headrests and loads of legroom. We were given water, a towelette and a snack each. Some terrible show was playing on a TV at the front but it soon packed up, like a lot ...
... and final entry and get my 2 month stamp, before that VISA also expired. So there was no room for error in my dates of departure and arrival. Houay Xay harbour is about 1km from the main town, but is generally the cheaper place to stay. Following some advice from Neon back in Pakbeng, i found a nice guesthouse at the intersection, 100m from the harbour. It doesn't even take 10 minutes to walk into town from here, so it was no problem. The boat ...
... check out the Opium museum. I was very impressed. It is among the best museums I have been to, it was very informative and has some interesting interactive displays, including a game where you had to find people carrying drugs. Such a sad history, but there is hope and things have improved. Then we went to Chiang Kong, there was nothing in this city, but we needed to cross the border and catch a slow boat to Luang Prabang, Laos the next ...
... the hotel we checked in, had lunch, and walked down to the Opium Museum, a personal project of the Queen. It was interested to see the effects opium has had not only on the Thai economy, but the world economy as well.
Once we got back to the hotel we changed and departed for dinner at my friend Joy's house in Chiang Rai (about an hour drive). It was amazing to see the community she grew up in and hear more about her life story and family. Dinner was amazing and I ...