Over the bridge to Laos
Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
205Trip End Mar 21, 2013
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Leave on bike for Phon THong just before 7:00. When we are dropping off the bike I notice the numberplates on a couple of cars parked at their house. Continuing the theme of easy to remember numbers, the plates were '1111' and '1234'.
We have to walk across town to the bus station with three Mukdahan bound buses passing us as we walked and not one of them would stop for us. We dont have to wait very long though and we soon leaving aboard the 7:55 departure and arriving at Mukdahan at 9:45. We have always had problems getting a bus back from here at a convenient time but I notice a new noticeboard advertising the company wegave come with, Pink Bus, that gives their daily schedule and they have a couple of buses that will suit us fine tomorrow.
Along with another English guy in the same position we take a taxi into town and to the Nong Soda Guest House where German John had stayed last week. The main guest house building is full and the rooms that they show us in the courtyard are horrible so we dont stay. We walk to the Savanbanhao Guest House where we stayed last time and check in to a second class room - first class is already full here as well. We settle in for while and it is good to get shoes off.
Out to get some lunch and go for a short walk before returning to the room early afternoon as it getting a bit hot.
Later I leaveJai sleeping in front of the TV with the aircon blaring and go out for awalk on my own. Directly opposite the guest house a young lad buzzes me on his motorbike. He is wearing an "I love America because I love peace' T-shirt. Perhaps he should pay more attention to the his (own country) history lessons in future
Backto the room finding Jai hasnt moved much since I left.
Go out at 16
;30 and trek down to the river again where we stop for a beer at a raft restaurant floating on the Mekhong and watch the sun set over Thailand opposite. Walking back into town we take a couple of Pate, loose meat and salad baguettes back to the room with us.
About an hour later I go back out on my own again meaning to stop for another beer somewhere. The fact I havent been drinking since the new year hhits home though and I realise that two beers is probably enough as we will be travelling again tomorrow so I end up with another baguette and a cup of coffee.
Buy a bottle of water then back to the room about 20:00 feeling pretty tired.