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Feb 27, 2016 - Heading Back To Bangkok

Our train from Nong Khai just across the border in Thailand doesn't leave till 7pm tonight so we have the morning free to explore a bit of Vientiane before it gets too hot. We set off on foot & logged a couple of geocaches at a Stupa & their equivalent of the Arc d'Triomphe. Good views over the city from the top of the Arc. We then visited COPE a centre that deals with helping people injured by UXOs (Unexploded Ordinance). COPE was created in response to the need to provide UXO survivors with the care and support they required, namely by...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Border Hopping

I had once proclaimed my journey would follow a relatively linear route, one achieved by land and sea crossings. Once done with the necessary air travel leading up to the Gilman reunion in Vietnam, there would be absolutely no more flights until Myanmar. If the Mae Sot land border from Thailand happened to be open by that point, maybe not even then. Even stronger was my opposition to re-entering any country at any point, vehemently asserting I would only have one visa per country. No back and forth. No deviations. End of discussion. But as...

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Jan 12, 2012 - around Nong Khai

Having been watted out the previous day, we decided to see something completely different today. It's not often you get a chance to see a sculpture park like none other in the world. I haven't been all over the world but I still find it hard to believe that this could exist someplace else. Already I've fooled you. An earlier version of this mystical array of concrete sculptures exists in Laos, just outside Vientiane. But after the end of the Vietnam war and the exodus of Laotians not fond of the communists, a certain sculpture by the name...

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Jan 11, 2012 - Nong Khai

We left Bangkok at 8pm the previous evening. The Thai railway service is even slower than the Vietnamese. And not as smooth. We were scheduled to get to Nong Khai, which is across the Mekong River from Laos at 8;30am. We limped into Nong Khai at around 10am. And as I said, the rails are rougher in Thailand than in Vietnam. This was no clickety clac along the railway track. It was more clickety clang with an occassional bang thrown in. On our rail ride from Da Nang to Hanoi, there were times that the ride was so smooth that I thought we had...

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Jan 10, 2012 - On The Road Again

Today we are heading out of town. Again. Generally in the same direction as last time but with a curl to the north. And this time we're going by rail. Going to Laos. We had most of the day to spend in Bangkok. We were taking the evening train from Bangkok to Nong Khai on the border of Laos. Because we were refraining from taking in as much tourist stuff as our toes would allow, (the type were you step off from a bus, take a photo to say you been there, then jump back on the bus to hurry to verify your next stop) we could leisurely let the...

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Nov 13, 2010 - Nong Khai

We arrived in Udon Thani and we paid for the mini bus to Nong Khai. It turned out to be a very small car with a total of five people. We made it the the Mut Mee Guest House and checked in. The Mut Mee has a very relaxing vibe. They had two rooms with mosquito nets and a fan for 150 Bt. After checking in Jeff and I walked around to check out the town. We came across a little restaurant on the Mekong and ordered some Tom Yum soup. Our plans were to spend only one night at the Mut Mee but it was so mellow after Phuket that we stayed a second...

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Nov 13, 2010 - Bulk update

Please forgive the typos! I'm also having trouble getting photos to load. Ok, last time I was online I had made it to Phuket. Got jipped on my cab ride from the airport because I didn't read Steve's email. BTW, if you are getting spam from me, I think our emails were compromised because Steve's is sending it out to. Phuket was like Matamoros when I was in high school. Dirty, everyone wants to sell you something and try and get your money. We found some pretty decent places to eat. One place in particular had some great Tom Yam soup. Had...

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Sep 27, 2010 - On the Banks of the Mekong !

Leaving Vang Vieng, my next destination was the Vientiane, the capital of Laos situated on the banks of the Mekong. I had been quite looking forward to visiting the city but ended up slightly disappointed because the promenade along the banks of the river was being completely rebuilt and it was just a dusty and muddy building site. This meant there would be no sipping Beer Lao watching sunsets from riverside restaurants. Nevertheless, Vientiane still had some things going for it though since in addition to some interesting local...

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Aug 8, 2010 - Nong Khai

We left the Green Leaf Guest House in just outside Pak Chong at 11.30pm last night, they kindly gave us a lift to the railway station, to get our train to Nong Khai. The station was fairly deserted as you would expect at that time of night, when the train arrived about 5 minutes late at 12.06am, we climbed aboard. We were greeted by the official who was in charge of our carriage. He pointed out where we were to sleep, and we duly got straight into bed. The whole carriage was a row of beds, two stories high on both sides of the carriage with...

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May 1, 2010 - Vientiane - Nong Khai

Yep you guessed it, still feeling like mouldy ass, but the trip must go on. Today we set out in search of the Thai border. A short taxi ride from our hotel and we had reached the Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge and the immigration set up given to the country by us Aussies. A smooth transition from one side of the bridge to the other, from Laos to Thailand. We spent the next 9 agonising hours in Nong Khai waiting for our night train to depart. A small somewhat lifeless border town. As it always does when you want it to go fast, time just stood...

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Flailing About Tour

Feb 27, 2010 - Nong Khai.

27 February. Finally after in all about 300 km on the road, I arrived to Nong Khai. I have already realized that this day was not good for travellers. A weekend coming up and obviously it is also a red day in the Thai calendar, so it is not only me travelling, a lot of Thai people are also on the roads. 28 February – 7 Mars. What I thought to be a 4-day’s long stopover, became rather soon 6 day’s and in the end it became 9 day’s. My time here in Nong Khai and Pantawee Hotel has been absolutely fantastic. 9 day’s with mostly rest and...

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Feb 14, 2010 - Nong Khai and a familiar routine

"Where do you go" "We don't know" "Where do you stay" "We don't know" "Oh, trishaw here if you need" "Thank you" If Lao wasn't right across the Mekong River, Nong Khai would be a sleepy little river side village. Since it is on the main route to Lao, it is a bustling place. And there is no shortage of people to help you get from one place to the other. Nevermind that it is not hard to figure out on your own, it just that, well, there just may be an easy Baht or two to be made out of the deal. Sitting at the plaza overlooking the Mekong...

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