Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Day 92 - Across the Friendship Bridge to Laos
After a cold night in the AC sleeper car, I woke up and enjoyed the views from he train and an overpriced breakfast and bad coffee.
The train was predictably late, so far all trains in Thailand were late so this was again no surprise. At least train travel here is cheap and reasonably comfortable.
After arriving at Nong Khai and taking the connecting shuttle train across the friendship bridge and border to Thanaleng in Laos, I got ripped off by the immigration officers there. Make sure you have enough money in US$ for your visa or they will offer you a ridiculous rate to pay in Thai Bhat where you end up overpaying by 10 US$. Still, there is only so much arguing you can do with an immigration officer if you want to enter the country.
After checking in to my hostel, I went for a walk around Vientiane to get a feel for the city. It is very quiet and has more a feel of a small town, even more so than Ulaanbataar.
Walking around Vientiane is fun and the center is very compact so you can see everything quite easy. Not quite sure what to think of the place yet and if I will stay the whole 4 days as planned or leave earlier in case I have seen and done everything.
I need to spend more time wandering around tomorrow to discover more.