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Sat 14 Feb 2015

Crossing the Mekong River from Thailand to Laos.

Crossing the foggy Mekong River from Thailand to Laos.

The national flag of Laos.

The national flag of Laos.

I spent a few days in Nong Khai, Thailand, on the border of Laos. There were no real tourist attractions there, but I had found a peaceful hotel, the Mut Mee Garden Guest House, right on the Mekong River and it was a nice place to relax. There was a lively market near the river, and just off the market was a pleasant walkway along the water.

This morning I caught a tuk tuk to the Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge about 20 minutes from Nong Khai. After getting an exit stamp by Thai immigration in my passport, I took a bus across the bridge and joined the short line of other foreigners waiting to get a Lao visa on arrival. Once I had my visa, I shared a tuk tuk to Vientiane with two friendly French women traveling together, and was checked into my hotel a short time later.

Laos!

Laos!

Although it seemed that most places in Vientiane accepted Thai Baht, I thought it would be best if I withdrew some Lao currency from the ATM near my hotel. I instantly became a millionaire! (One million Lao Kip is about $127).

I spent some already.

I spent some already.

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