Still Lazing Around

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

As much as I was enjoying my time in Laos I actually had to think about when I would eventually leave. Can't stay in one country forever when I have many more to see! So after breakfast we went to a travel agent to sort out our Vietnam visas and book a flight. We could have taken the bus for next to nothing but I've had enough 20+ hour journeys for a while so an hour flight sounds far better.

In all it cost $155 and I can't see how the travel agent made any money from us? I had already checked the price on the Laos Airlines website was $109, and we paid $110. He originally started at $140 but as soon as I said one of the other agents was offering $110 he backed down. The visa was $45 and in the LP it said $45-60. I know no one that managed to get them for that little so they made $1 off me.

Reluctantly handed over our passports so they could be sent to Vientaine to get stamped. I hate having to leave my passport anywhere so not having it for 5 days was a bit of a worry. I'll have to get used to it in Vietnam as you have to leave your passport with the hotels.

Having got that out the way we decided to check out the temple at the top of the hill. The temple wasn't much but we got a good view over the city. We also got chatting to some weird English guy who was now living in Laos before we headed back into town. Had another stroll along the Mekong before meeting up with Kim and Lars for lunch. I had also visited the market and picked up a beer lao t-shirt for a couple of dollars.

In the afternoon we went to the sports bar to watch a movie, The Island, which was far better than I expected but still a rip-off of countless other movies. Still it was a good way to waste a few hours.

In the evening we booked our "VIP" bus to Vang Vieng for tomorrow morning before heading to where else but the Hive for one last night. It was packed and we made the most of the happy hour and the company of a Swedish couple before heading off to bed.
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