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    Quote Originally Posted by dantilley
    What time do bars, clulbs, etc. generally close in Laos these days? Is it still midnight or whatever stupid time it was last time I was there?
    Yes. But there are one or two exceptions in Vientiane.
    Quote Originally Posted by bkkpirate
    Where is this food shop located?
    It's more or less opposite NamPhu fountain in the tourist centre, but I heard there are one or two more branches in town.
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    Thai Laos International Bus

    The state owned bus companies of Thailand and the Lao PDR operate a service all day between Udon Thani bus station and Vientiene Laos central bus station.



    Coach Dep From to
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    2 07.00 Laos Udon
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    4 09.30 Udon Laos
    5 15.00 Udon Laos
    6 15.00 Laos Udon
    7 17.00 Laos Udon
    8 17.00 Udon Laos

    Bus Company contact
    Udon-Lao Bus 042 221489

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    Another great thread, I'm getting spoiled on these pages, I'll let rip with a few of my tales in due course.

    Have to wait till I'm allowed to stick the pictures on, and then I'm going to need guiding through doing them.

    Gotta learn how to handle these computer things one day I suppose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    Gotta learn how to handle these computer things one day I suppose!
    Tell me about it, sigh...
    There is a 'manual' how to post pics somewhere here: http://teakdoor.com/how-to-use-stuff-on-board/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Udonite View Post
    Thai Laos International Bus

    The state owned bus companies of Thailand and the Lao PDR operate a service all day between Udon Thani bus station and Vientiene Laos central bus station.



    Coach Dep From to
    1 07.00 Udon Laos
    2 07.00 Laos Udon
    3 09.30 Laos Udon
    4 09.30 Udon Laos
    5 15.00 Udon Laos
    6 15.00 Laos Udon
    7 17.00 Laos Udon
    8 17.00 Udon Laos

    Bus Company contact
    Udon-Lao Bus 042 221489
    Do you need all your paper work in order Udonite? As in the visa in your passport ready to be stamped?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mathos
    Gotta learn how to handle these computer things one day I suppose!
    Tell me about it, sigh...
    There is a 'manual' how to post pics somewhere here: http://teakdoor.com/how-to-use-stuff-on-board/
    It took me a couple of days but I persevered until I got it right. It's certainly not the simplest system I've seen.

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    ^^ Yes.

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    I went over the Lao border for a visa yesterday, man those PDR folks on immigration are a bunch of sad arsed sour faces, what a miserable bunch of fvckers they are. Still make up for by chatting to the cute little lao girls at the duty free whike purchasing my suppplies of dark Beer Lao, only bummer is that they sell it in bottles, makes a clanking noise while dragging my suitcase across the border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    First time to Loas and I am very impressed.
    What are the roads like and are you driving yourself or have you hired a Laos driver ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger
    Did you find a place called the spirt bar.
    I've just had a stroll along this stretch of the river, found the Mongkol, and a rather nice restaurant called 'Spirit House' - no "gobball" there, but I noted for next time that they serve home-made pies, Beef & Beer Pie with char-grilled veges and potatoe wedges, for example. Unfortunately I had just eaten.

    Can't plug my camera in at the moment, pics and updates later.

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    Stroll, do you go over every three months? I thought you were married to a Thai. Why don't you get an annual visa?

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    I have lived with the same Lady for 10 years, but I am not married. I go to Laos about once a year for visa and other purposes.

    But thanks for your concern, I'll go the retirement visa route later this year.

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    Nice thread Stroller, sorry I missed it first time around.

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    A shared tuk-tuk from the trainstation to the border is 30bt/person, another shared tuk-tuk on the Laos side to central Vientiane is 40bt - they'll drop you at the hotel or spot you specify.

    The roadworks are complete, so it is a comfy ride and Vientiane looks better for it.


    There are even more restaurants than last year, notably more riverside eateries:

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    Some food choices:



    At night:

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    More river-views:





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    The inevitable temple:

    Roadside spirit offerings:

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller
    Much of the colonial heritage is sadly neglected:
    Some of the French Colonial houses are works of art. Shame they are in such a state. Is there any way a foreigner can own or lease one on long term to restore it?

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    Around the tiny 'night-market':



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    Tasty snacks:





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    I settled for a pizza with a dark Beer Lao:




    Yes, Swedish Pizza, don't ask me...

    It was a good thin-crust pizza, they have about 20 different toppings to choose from, the place is always packed in the evenings.

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    Great pics and info, I will be making a short stay next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stroller
    Much of the colonial heritage is sadly neglected:
    Some of the French Colonial houses are works of art. Shame they are in such a state. Is there any way a foreigner can own or lease one on long term to restore it?
    A friend restored the mansion that is now the Settha Palace Hotel. He said the key problem was getting rid of the squatters and their farm animals, as the govt would not let him evict them. Had to pay them to move.


    Same beaut homes as in Penang. Lots of work to restore I would think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Some food choices:



    At night:
    cor! they start em early in laos dont they? great thread stroller, great pics

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