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    Dark beer Lao is a great tipple.

    Nice thread Marmite.

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    Have you anything to add? other than brown nosing Marmite, its a crap thread with not even a hint of titillation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post

    (Former) friends like Marmite and terry 57, but seeing the former called me Senile, and the latter stood me up, guess whose drinking it all by himself now?
    Yes, I'm very sorry about that Peter but unless you would of enjoyed have snot sneezed all over you it was probably better I did not front . I did ring you though to explain my sordid sorry sick arse so I was exonerated.

    Regards Marmite He's just friggin cruel to you EH.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    its a crap thread with not even a hint of titillation.
    I enjoyed the thread.

    Commentary on the bum guns was most well received.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post

    Have you anything to add?

    I have something to add Peter, I went down to Makro yesterday to see if they had any cartoons of dark Lao in Stock.

    They just received some but have bunged up the price to 1030 Baht.

    I'm foking shattered.

    Might just come up to you're gaff and you can shout me a night on the Dark for free EH.

    You do have all the contacts.

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    I am a Made Man Terry, that's why.

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    ^

    Onya Peter,

    Marmites a nasty Pom and you are not.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    Might just come up to you're gaff
    More hot air from an Ocker.

    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    Marmites a nasty Pom and you are not.
    I'll have you know, I kidnapped PP from the old people's home today and took him out for coffee, let him dribble over some motorbikes, took him to the pool and got him back in time for tea.

    Bloody nasty, I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    its a crap thread with not even a hint of titillation.
    Seeing as all the mods are Aussies, they're probably all comatose now as they've had time to sup their bottle of beer for the night and hopefully won't see this.


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    Amazing that she can still smile after being stuck with Old Grumpy for so long

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    Amazing that she can still smile after being stuck with Old Grumpy for so long
    We were drinking.

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    Cafe Chez Bourne.
    The best place to eat in boring Savannakhet.
    Daosavanh is nice for a slap up meal too, if a bit stuffy.
    The barge restaurant near the thai consulate is crap.
    The casino is crap.
    Most restaurants are basically crap- we even travelled 10km out of Sav to sit by a lake, but the food was still crap.
    Luckily, there are a few humble local style baguette/ noodle soup places with decent Lao coffee, mainly on the main commercial thoroughfare, good enough places to sit down, smell the traffic fumes, and wait out your visa. Brunch at one of these places, dinner at Chez' Bourne, doubt I'd bother with any other places if I return.
    I assume you'd then be on the next bus out- Savannakhet is just plain boring.
    probes Aliens

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    Daosavanh is nice for a slap up meal too, if a bit stuffy.
    It was always shut when we went there.

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    It's quite a clarssy place (wear your best sandals), mainly inhabited by NGO & corrupt local cadre types, it was doing fine the two times I was there. Nice wine list. I'd be surprised if its closed for good.

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    Here I am for the longest time, thinking the Midget was your kid. god, I'm fkkn dumb. 555

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    Is that your g-string on the edge of the pool Marmers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    Is that your g-string on the edge of the pool Marmers?
    Yes. Can you see the skid marks?

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    Did the visa run to sav 5 months ago and found the official part of the experience a breeze. Border imm and the officials at sav immigration were very pleasant to deal with
    My mate paid up 3000 for a nine month tourist visa and Got it no problems. I on the other hand backed off and only applied for a double entry ...was pissed I didn't go for the tripple , but I really thought he would lose his extra 1000b.
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    So , question Marmers ..Ill be going for a marriage visa early December , thinking which way to go ... Would it be best to let this tourist expire and do a run to sav..?

    Or , get my tourist changed to a marriage 2 weeks before expiry in BKK ?

    . Is it so easy in Sav that I don't need to show 400k in the bank for a marriage visa ?
    You didn't list a bank statement in your doc requirements.

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    That's the attraction, just a marriage cert, and on completion, next day, pick it up and job done.
    No pissing around with a sponsor, no interrogation. No immigration fuck wits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    Amazing that she can still smile after being stuck with Old Grumpy for so long
    We were drinking.
    Marmite is OLD & grumpy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    That's the attraction, just a marriage cert, and on completion, next day, pick it up and job done.
    No pissing around with a sponsor, no interrogation. No immigration fuck wits.
    That's incredible. Bastard long way to go from Phuket , but Penang and Vientienne are much more difficult to play with.

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    It seems Savannakhet is the easiest consulate pretty much anywhere to deal with at the moment. How long that will last is anyone's guess.

    I was talking to a barstool exert the other day and he was saying that they're asking for 800k in the bank for MARRIAGE visa applications in the UK now. Not sure if that is true of not.

    He also said that your state pension is always enough, even if it isn't!

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    Savanakhet shithole !

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansucks View Post
    Savanakhet shithole !
    Yes , but there's fun to be had.
    Some local expats showed us the way.
    Head north out of town to the main drag that links with Vientienne.
    Only 20 mins by bike and your amongst it.
    Cheap beers and sweet local talent.

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    Was just in Savan muhself...I dunno, I wasn't expecting much, so a number of things were actually a pleasant sir prize:

    1. First was the guesthouse (Nam Soda), tatty, but clean, not too expensive (600 baht/night) and right around the corner from Thai immigration plus right on the Mekong with large outdoor second floor balcony for ogling all the girls on scooters (there's loads of them going by, really incredible actually) and river view. From Mermite's description it sounds like you don't get anything for paying more. In fact, sounds like less, as I don't think the Savan Vegas Hotel is near the river.

    2. Tho' there's funk all for tourists as far as party down cheer up festoonery and eateries, there's the Chez Bourn that Mr. Termite mentioned. Agreed,a good joint, in fuct, we didn't want for anything else. I thought the service was great, Mr. Somebat doesn't just hover but flies around the place getting your order and everone's order as it's full of NGos and Lao governmentalists, and Non-O visa runners, none of the usual wrong orders 40 minutes late "arai-wah, I already tell you about that...we don't have why I don't give you why you order that anyway?" and actually enough cheese and peeperoni-oh on the pissa like there wasn't some unconcious, subliminally vague kafkaesque half baked plot to starve us so we don't get healthy enough to open our own Pizza Hat clone and run them out of business. Seriously tho. Solid food at the Chef Borne, Francophone fish dishes that don't talk back, good wine scarafs, and decently clad in garlic, vinegar and oil salads. A bit expensive, but consistent for two meals a day for two people for two days, nearly 98 % worth it.

    3. Tho Beer Lao, especially the dark one, is nice at the price in Laos, after awhile it is not too special, so why not get into the wine that Laos imports without tax? You are paying half the price compared with the exact same wine in Thailand. We found a decent wine shop only a few blocks away from the guest house on the next left as you walk away from it towards the Thai embassy a few blocks and then another left where there is the first big hotel and a couple of big restaurants. That made the trip for me, sitting at the guesthouse, out on the veranda I suppose it is called and watching the sunset drinking 1000 baht Boordough wines for 500 and having a few beer Laos after that.

    4. I also thought generally people in Savan were heeps friendlier than Venitians or the kind of sourness we are used to in Thailand. People are not overwhelmed yet by furriners and seemed genuinely happy to talk and make comments. Really enjoyed the inconsequential interactions in Savan.

    5.We got ripped off in Vientianne at a wine bar last time, right in downtown, at this whine by the glass joint, really seems that it is getting very mafia-esque in some of the places in Vientianne now. This imported shopping goods owner also complained to us she was getting her arm twisted by various people to pay them off. In the whine shop they padded our bill big time and came on very intimidating like when I inquired. The hotel we stayed had upped their rates and gotten much dirtier.

    6.I thought Savan had way more interesting old buildings to give it much better atmosphere than Vietianne. It is really nice to just walk around town there, a kind of abandoned French ghost town atmosphere.Savan is closer anyway, so I don't think we'll go back to Vientianne anytime.

    7. Will stay in Savan as opposed to Mukdahan for the next 90 day entry permit thing I have to do thing. Wev'e been doing the turn around and go back at the border, not wanting to deal with whatever imagined hassles may be encountered in Savan and going right back to where we came from and sleeping in Mukdahan. But, I'll say, for me, the food and everything except maybe the lodging was better in Savan than Mukdahan. There's a great value hotel in Mukdahan, the Riverfront(700baht/night), spanking (ouch!) new rooms, on the river but no river view places to sit there or anywhere really, bad food in the retardoraunts same same before evrytime we know already about that in Thailand and we always seem to feel vaguely sick, and this dusty wares market pall that makes you feel like you're in Pratu Nam os my overall impression of Mookahan. There's nearly a refreshing river atmosphere and breeze on the Savan side, much more trees and French buildings made of good old fashioned eek-oh freindly mud. No decent wine in Mukdahan, no bars or pubs at all near the river, Savan was pretty lively at nigt by the river, many people at sidewalk eateries eating and drinking. In Mook, just the joy of the sight of the usual two different varieties of over taxed Australian stuff behind the counter at 7-11, and probably no beer Lao available either.

    Sorry for the unsolicited report, but I was positively impressed by Savanahket and don't expect it's somewhat OK-ness to last long, so I will back every three months this year.

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