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    Strange isn't it? my impression of Savan quite opposite.

    Dreary place. with ripoff tuk tuks and corrupt officials. Beginning at the bridge where they refused to accept US dollars saying they were fake, but they were obtained from the bank the previous day, a grubby,transparent ploy.
    Hotel was tatty and worn, quite the opposite of Mukdahan where is was tidy and very good value.
    Savanakhet, stick it up yer ass.
    There canít be good living where there is not good drinking

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    Purchased Beer Lao dark at Villa Market in Udon Thani yesterday for 48 baht. It's 30 across the river, and no discount for a 3- or 6-pack. I've never priced a case or "box," but anyone getting it at 25 per bottle is getting a great price.

    Enjoyed the thread, BTW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoiNongbua View Post
    Purchased Beer Lao dark at Villa Market in Udon Thani yesterday for 48 baht. It's 30 across the river, and no discount for a 3- or 6-pack. I've never priced a case or "box," but anyone getting it at 25 per bottle is getting a great price.

    Enjoyed the thread, BTW.

    There is no difference in price here for multiples, a carton is 24x the cost of a single.

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    Have tried to get food at the Ploy Palace Hotel a couple of times over the last 5 years or so, but have failed miserably each time. Nice to know the butt gun was up to the task!

    With your back to the hotel, turn left and walk to the corner, look right and there's a place about 50 yards up that usually has fairly reasonable western type scran.

    (Not been up there this year, so it may have changed).

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    I've stay at the Ploy a number of times over the last few years ( I don't anymore as I have a house just outside of town now). Rooms are OK, service is OK however the food is ordinary.
    I like Mukdahan, however I've always found it strange that there are no real bars or decent places to eat, other than a few local places and a couple near the river.

    Might change over time, now more modern retail has moved in.

    Craighj

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    Strange isn't it? my impression of Savan quite opposite.

    Dreary place. with ripoff tuk tuks and corrupt officials. Beginning at the bridge where they refused to accept US dollars saying they were fake, but they were obtained from the bank the previous day, a grubby,transparent ploy.
    Hotel was tatty and worn, quite the opposite of Mukdahan where is was tidy and very good value.
    Savanakhet, stick it up yer ass.
    Agreed...in a sense...your options are pretty narrow in Savanakhet that's for sure. Much scope for a lousy time it seemed to me, but personally found a way to at least make a pleasant visa entry stamp and one year multiple out of it.

    The year before I got my first one year multiple O in Jakarta without a hitch. While it takes a full week to get the visa, the hoop jumping is minimal, they answer the phones and are patient, helpful, and communicative a rarity with Thai government officials as we all well know. Definitely recommended if you happen to be down there.

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    Just a quick word on the variety of beers available in most North smaller East Thailand Towns .

    Absolutely atrocious it is. Chang, Cheers, Leo and Singa. That was it.

    Usually I can get A Guinness at 7-11 but out there, no friggin way.

    As far as a beer Lao goes.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    tatty and worn, quite the opposite of Mukdahan where is was tidy and very good value.
    Savanakhet, stick it up yer a
    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    tatty and worn, quite the opposite of Mukdahan where is was tidy and very good value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    tatty and worn, quite the opposite of Mukdahan where is was tidy and very good value.
    Savanakhet, stick it up yer a

    Most of the people hate SAKHAVASHIT and they don't even sell weed there, ridiculous monkeyx who deserve to be poor unlike smart ViENTIANE tuktuks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SoiNongbua View Post
    Purchased Beer Lao dark at Villa Market in Udon Thani yesterday for 48 baht. It's 30 across the river, and no discount for a 3- or 6-pack. I've never priced a case or "box," but anyone getting it at 25 per bottle is getting a great price.

    Enjoyed the thread, BTW.

    There is no difference in price here for multiples, a carton is 24x the cost of a single.
    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99
    There is no difference in price here for multiples, a carton is 24x the cost of a single.
    Not Surprised there's no price break in Lao; I seem to recall when buying a box of Leo at Tesco in Udorn, it comes out to getting one bottle free. Better than nothing, especially considering the prices these days.

    Am wondering if Marmite's lady got the brew for 25 baht in V or S?

    I almost made a run to Mukdahan a couple weeks ago, but since I can be at the Friendship Bridge in Nong Khai in 45 minutes, it's hard to justify the extra time and cost.

    I enjoy corrupt border towns for all the wrong reasons and have over-nighted in Muk before. I've stayed in a thousand worse places, but still, it just doesn't have much going for itself.

    I no longer fool with the Thai embassy in V. I either get my multiple entry non-O in Los Angeles for 6000 baht, or I go to a Thai guy down south who can make magic happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoiNongbua
    Am wondering if Marmite's lady got the brew for 25 baht in V or S?
    Nong Khai duty free border crossing.

    A case of 24 was 600B

    Individual bottles were 30B each.

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    Tops Silom. 62 Baht for The Dark. All sealed and marked as Imported.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SoiNongbua
    Am wondering if Marmite's lady got the brew for 25 baht in V or S?
    Nong Khai duty free border crossing.

    A case of 24 was 600B

    Individual bottles were 30B each.


    They have spies at duty free shops in NONG KHAI and they catch you if you buy too much booze...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansucks View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SoiNongbua
    Am wondering if Marmite's lady got the brew for 25 baht in V or S?
    Nong Khai duty free border crossing.

    A case of 24 was 600B

    Individual bottles were 30B each.


    They have spies at duty free shops in NONG KHAI and they catch you if you buy too much booze...
    The shop split the case and packaged them in sixes. 4 people brought 6 bottles each over the border. T'aint rocket science.

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    Scary Catholic Church

    If you have the courage check out the scary (as in outer-worldly) relics in the local Catholic Church.. and I don't know where the Lonely Planet writer got the idea of aggressive local dogs from. Never had any problem from the dogs at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Tops Silom. 62 Baht for The Dark. All sealed and marked as Imported.
    62 when Marmite is getting it for 25. Ouch.

    My little rugrat likes choo choo trains, so the wife and I took her from Udorn to Nong Khai on the train today. 11 baht for the three of us and arrived in 50 minutes.

    I should have sent the wife across the bridge for a case/box/carton of the dark. Although it's no longer free for Thais to cross into Lao (40 baht for the new plastic card/turnstyle entry process), the trip would have cost 11 baht for the train, 40 to enter Lao, and 40 for the round-trip bridge bus. So 91 baht total cost for the beer run. (No tuk-tuk from the train station to the bridge; it's an easy walk when not raining or brutally hot. And the wife is young and strong and can hoist that beer on her shoulders, no problem.)

    I dislike paying the exorbitant Thai taxes on imported products, although I've been burned (counterfeit Crown Royal Canadian whiskey!) buying goods from our dear Lao comrades at the duty free crossing.

    Someone in this thread mentioned a wine shop in S. Can you really trust that the wine is French?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansucks View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SoiNongbua
    Am wondering if Marmite's lady got the brew for 25 baht in V or S?
    Nong Khai duty free border crossing.

    A case of 24 was 600B

    Individual bottles were 30B each.


    They have spies at duty free shops in NONG KHAI and they catch you if you buy too much booze...
    I guess I've been lucky. I just pack bottles into my backpack and never think twice about it. Never had a problem, although I've heard others have.

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    Ploy Palace Hotel is a nice place if you are a comfort seeker. I have been there for twice in past and had good time. Services, staff and rooms were nice and rooms were well furnished also. I won't mind to have another stay there.

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    cricky halen, for a new guy you have an impressive collection of reds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    That part of Laos seems pretty shite, other than some bumguns and the Beer Lao.

    Everyone loves a photothread...

    You could probably buy the watchtower and have it taken back home for 50,000 baht; would be pretty cool in the garden, imho.
    Now where did I read that before, from sneaking back newbie

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    What are bum guns?

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    http://youtu.be/uZUrj_D13_Y

    Them's bum gunz

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    And this is "The bum hunter."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somboon View Post
    Tackling homeless. What a tool.
    That is a comedy video and it mocking Australia's most revered icon, the late Steve Irwin , the actor in the video is useing the same technique as legendary Steve used to catch monster Crocs.
    Crickey
    The best Australian clip like this skit was Paul Hogans take on a Rhino hunter, he hunted Wine oes . Homeless Wineoes . But Paul's Rhinos had wine bottles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somboon View Post
    Tackling homeless. What a tool.
    Cracking Aussie humour,

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    suv pumps . 24 hr from the F bridge for a tuk tuk is 700b neg, PUmps. enjoy or complain up to u. BLD knows the score not sure y hes so quiet .

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