Smuggling Chocolate Brownies and Fags!
Trip Start Nov 23, 2011
37Trip End May 23, 2012
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Border crossing day started at 7.00am, with the hotel paid with nice crisp clean notes (they hand you back any that have wrinkles, pen marks or folds!!) we boarded the minivan that was to bring us to the notorious Vietnam border. On route we dropped a number of people off at Kep "home of Crabs" and prowling dogs.
When we finally made it to the border it all ended up being very straight forward. We had heard of a number of scams by the police but fortunately the only one they pulled on us was $1 administration charge which everyone gets done for. Some stupid people refuse to pay the $1 but then they don't get into Vietnam.
The man checked our temperature and charged us the $1 and we headed to Ha Tien. He didn't give us a receipt though!!!!
On reaching Ha Tien we were to get another bus to Chau Doc or was it Can Tao?? We had started to get confused. We had for some reason bought a ticket to Chau Doc but actually booked a guesthouse in Can Tao. I dont know how this happened "Emma" but not to worry I'm very understanding and we paid the massive $2 dollars each to go the further distance to Can Tao!!.
The journey to Chau Doc was pretty uneventful, scenery was nice, the bus driver taught us the Vietnamese word for Chocolate Brownie in exchange for one of them. If your ever in vietnam and have a chocolate brownie emergency the word is spelt Loc Nawooo???? and that was about it. And yes the chocolate brownies made it safely across the border.
On arrival in Chau Doc we were transfered to another minivan, in typical SE Asia fashion this was packed and we were squashed into the rear seats.
2 miles outside Chau Doc we pulled into some old ladys house and something strange happened. The bus driver and his friend decided to take the inside panels off the doors and remove the panels to the ceiling of the minivan. Then another friend arrived on the scene with black sacks. They started to fill the doors with the contents of the bags which was full of cigarettes!
With the doors filled and panels back on we headed off to Can Tao.
We think what happened may have been illegal and that we had taken part in smuggling racket!!
As the journey continued more people were packed on the bus, the strangest fella to accompany us on the journey was a Vietnamese gentleman who much to Emma's delight kept trying to pull my shorts up and feel my legs. This was not amusing and was stopped pretty quickly.
We arrived in Can Thou just before sunset and after a short hour walking around town we found our hotel.
A quick dinner was had and an early night.