Twenty Four hours in Lao People's Democratic Republic
At the end of the previous post I was in no man's land between Thailand and Laos. Upon reaching the Laos border control we had to retrieve our luggage from the coach to go through customs and go and get a visa. After 5 minutes of no one in the kiosk we finally found the men having lunch next door. They were a bit cross that we hadn't brought photos with us but they let us in anyway. (The visa was about £30 each). We then had to go to passport control and get our passports stamped this cost 20baht each. Then it was back on the coach and into Laos.
|The shores of Laos|
I hadn't booked a hotel in Laos as I wasn't sure if we were going to stay there overnight. So we grabbed a tuktuk and headed into town. Being a Sunday it was deserted, possibly because Laos has a Catholic community (it was an old French colony at one point).
|Catholic Church in Savannakhet|
Our friend in Mukdakan had told us of a very nice pizza restaurant with a giant penguin outside, so we set off in search and found it and very nice it was too:)
The next morning we headed off back to the bus station in a tuktuk.
|Monday morning in Laos.|
|I was pleased to discover that we were leaving at 9am instead of 10am, as I didn't want to miss the 7pm train.|
|The bus from Savannakhet to Hue|
|The most ironic sign ever....... but we left as promised at 9am.|
|Still much of the scenery was pretty.|
|Sadly the bus broke down four times in Laos, our lovely young lad of a driver managed to get the bus going each time, but half an hour here and there was ticking away ........|
|This is the area in Laos that would have been the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the Vietnam War.|