At border town in Laos

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
Trip End Jul 22, 2008

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Took the wee boat across the wee Mekong River to get to Laos. First thing to do is get a visa as soon as i get off the boat at immigration... Laos requires you to pay for one, it enables you to travel for 30 days. Depending on your country of origin, depends on the cost... Canada obviously doesn't have good ties with Laos (it's a french colony so they added the silent 's' pronounced "Ll-ow") as it was the most expensive out of ALL countires at $42 US, most were $30-$35, even the US was lower... what can ya do tho?!

Not too much to do there, just a stopoff to wait for the bus next day. Found myself a great restaurant though, riverside and could see Thailand across the river on the other side so really didn't venture too far. Had a Beer Lao, the national beer and one of the most divine meals. It was the 'cook your own Asian BBq style' like i had in Thailand. I get a metal bucket of hot coals with a metal cyclinder type thing on top, some fat to spread around the surface so the meal doens't stick, hot water for the sides (where the veg simmer) and then all the ingredients - chicken, garlic, lots of veg, flower spinach thing, cabbage, beans, eggplant - and it's chef tracy - mmmm lovely! Think i almost got a whole chicken..took me aboot 2 hours to eat and 4-5 courses. It was great though.

Then during the day didn't do too much as this town consists of one main drag parallel to the river.. just tried to avoid the heat. I did walk up aboot 100 steps to the temple where this local teenaged guy started talking to me. He just wanted to learn english and practice so he can hopefully travel one day. He was very genuine. I thought it was brillant! He and his friend would come to this temple everyday after school knowing there is always some tourists there...stops them and starts a conversation. Good on him and his determination! He was saying he doesnt' get taught English in school (no one does in Laos apparently) so he took it upon himself. I thought it was great the way he goes out of his way seeking English speakers to practive - lovely! Simple things i say!

The next day i took a morning bus ride... aboot 4 hours of very winding highway (used to be 10 hr ride before this new highway opened this year) to Luang Nam Tha (where i am now). Please hold...
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