Surprisingly smooth border cross!
Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
92Trip End Aug 31, 2011
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We were nervous, we have very little money left at all and were terribly worried about what would happen to us. Luckily we spoke to most of the tourists on the bus and formed an allegiance just in case as back up
However, I do have to have a small whinge; when we were getting on the bus from Ha Noi in Vietnam we were all shouted at so much in Vietnamese after being told to be ready at 5pm we didn't actually get to the big sleeper bus till gone 8pm they tried tZo shove all of us farang into the back, into the coffin like sleepers in the aisle and in the bottom at the back. There was absolutely no way I was going to sleep in the aisle or the bottom, I bagged the best 2 seats, the only 2 that are always together at the top and sat there triumphantly waiting to see what would happen next. For 45minutes or so a young lad of no more then 13 years old bossed everyone around, pushed people physically handling them and their bags, shouting at the top of his voice for 'NOOO, TICK-ET’ to pretend there were seat numbers and move us all
Phewwwww it was stressful, probably the most stressful thing we have had to encounter yet, it winds me up, the locals who got on afterwards probably paid a fraction of what we paid, all got free water and got saved the front seats (less bumpy)! To add to the trauma when we actually did get into Vientienne we got bundled into tuk tuk style jeeps to take us into town, we got asked for US$2.50 each for a couple of kilometers drive, I asked a local on the tuk tuk how much he was paying and he told me they were all paying less then a dollar each. We are honestly so out of money and $2.50 can get us a meal here so I fought our corner. She got very angry and the other tourists thought we were tight as she tried to make us get back on, threatened with the police which I openly said please call them and argued with me on the street for ages, the other tourists with us paid it and left but we didn’t. The injustice of it all was boiling up in me and eventually she left but not before threatening to hit me. It was horrible and Anish did not get involved but stood with me, I am tired of paying so much more then everyone else for everything. We have given our bit every time we pay double, and more.