Here comes the sun
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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A lovely hostel
Ssshh, we don't want to wake anyone!
So here we go again. We put on our backpacks and started on the so called 10 minute walk to the bus station. Obviously it took us about 30 mins. We were praying that they had tickets and that there was even a bus that went to Thailand!
We got in the bus station and Karen came back with 2 tickets but looking perplexed? She said I think I have them but they only cost £12 a ticket! So we were not sure if we were going to Thailand or some other place in China!
As it turned out we were going to Thailand and for £12 too
So we are on our way to Thailand. Woo hoo. The bus took 11 hours in total but it was a great journey as it broke up into lots of parts. The first part we had was leaving China & entering Laos. It was great as it is the first time we have ever entered a country by walking into it (the bus met us at the other end). Now if you want to give your tourists a good impression when they first enter your country, the Laos authorities when hands down. As we were picking up our visa, the guy who processed it came into his office with his little daughter! So there we were in a situation that is normally done with sour faced officials but on this occasion was done with a doting Daddy
We loved the look of Laos and can't wait to come back. We stopped for lunch in the middle of nowhere. It was jungle all around us, a river running below and all these quaint little wooden houses with thatched roofs.
After 11 hours we jumped off the bus and onto a rickshaw. We were only on it for 10 mins when we jumped out and got in a long boat to cross the Mekong river and that is how we entered the mighty kingdom of Thailand. By boat. So we managed it after all.
It's been a long day so we will talk to you in the morning. Another early start unfortunately, so see you at 05:30!
Paul & Karen xxx