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    Xmas Roadtrip Laos to Vietnam

    Took a raodie from vientiane to hoi an over xmas and new year, its a cheap way of doing it but quite stressful and tiring on the road, mostly on the Lao side due to the road conditions.

    Left vientiane at 6 in the morning and reached Lao Bao border crossing at 6 in the evening. stopping only for a piss and lunch of chicken ,papaya salad and sticky rice at Seno





    The Road between vientiane and Seno is shit but seno to the border was excellent. which surprised me.

    The Town of Lao Bao is quite grotty but has a few more hotel options than dAnsavanh on the Lao side so we decided to cross the border that night ( its open until 10.00pm)



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    We stayed at the Sepon Hotel, Cheap and cheerful at 17000 dong ( $1 = 21000 dong) for a family sized room




    After driving all day i was fucked and in a shitty mood and gagging for a beer and was best pleased so see this minibar with a few beers in it.Problem was the minifridge wasnt switched on off to a great start eh?
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    Border crossing went smooth enough as we had all the required documents for the car. I had a visa and there was fuck all traffic at that time of day but 1 officious little fucker took a keen interest in me and seemed to want to flex his Authortitive muscle. he asked me if i was carrying any guns and got quite pissed of when i laughed at the suggestion and enquired where one might purchase a cold beer. silly little fooker in a uniform


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    We were heading for Hoi an via Khe Sanh< Hue, Danang .

    stopped in Khe sanh for lunch and a visit to the Khe sahn Combat Base. which is a War museum depicting the brutal battle there. Quite interesting it was

    The Road to Dong Ha via khe sanh was quite pleasant






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    Great stuff.

    Is that KFB restaurant fried buffalo?

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    Nice 0ne BLD keep em coming. Hope you made sure to buy a fake plastic gun for the return journey and a slab of cold ones for the border post.

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    The museum is all about showing war relics and Propaganda skewed to the Glorious Vietnamese people and there victory against the nasty Mercins. ( I thought it was a draw personnaly)






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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Nice 0ne BLD keep em coming. Hope you made sure to buy a fake plastic gun for the return journey and a slab of cold ones for the border post.
    That little Coont wont be fucking with me on my return,


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    Wasnt much to see in Dong Ha so we continued on to Hue

    Booked into sun river hotel which was about $29 a night for a Family room, small pool on the roof and walking distance to pub street and the impirial fort.





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    The sight seeing can wait until tomorrow im heading out to source some wobbly pops and a feedbag




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    Decided to Charter a few samlos to liesurely cruise about.



    Felt a bit sorry for the samlo guy having to pedal my fat ass about but my pity soon evaporated when i got the bill, thought i had successfully haggled the price to something realistic, Turns out he charged by the Kilo. Fooker

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    This ones a Crowd Pleaser

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    That little Coont wont be fucking with me on my return,




    Gosh, that took me back

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    Brilliant pics and trip report BLD.

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    Another good ‘un BLD.

    Always Interesting when the winner writes the history. Happy to hear you found some decent cold beer after all that driving.

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    Still in Hue the missus wanted (demanded some mainstream tourist activities) other then beer tasting, of to the imperial palace




    This Place jogged a few Memories we had been here before 10 years previously with our 1st son. The wife dug up a photo from back then of us standing in pretty much the same spot

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    Damn! i sure was a good looking and svelte rooster back then. Apoligies for the pic quality. Cameras had only just been invented i think



    fuck knows why that 10 year old photo keeps disapearing?



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    ^outstanding.

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    Cool looks like an epic road trip. And great pictures.
    It was "interesting" to hear their version of the war when I visited the war museum in Saigon and toured the tunnel system.
    Luckily I hadn't packed my american flag shirt.

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    A few more picks around the citidel







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    Hue isnt a huge place but with most of vietnamese cities its packed and driving yourself around isnt for the faint hearted but despite the traffic i found the viets to mostly courteous drivers and didnt witness to much craziness, unlike Lao or Thailand






    Apart from this bloke on the scooter.


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    A bit of French colonial architechture Trueng tien bridge one of 27 bridges known to be built by the legendary Gustaff eiffel of eiffel tower fame







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    Not done with sight seeing Mrs bld decided we needed to hire a boat and go down the perfume river and go see the thien mu pagoda,

    There are plenty of boats of all sizes to choose from and i had done some googling to see roughly how much to pay





    Boat selected and some haggling later we loaded the beer and set of along the not so perfumery river






    The onboard shitter, Fortunately didnt need it




















    You can also view the austin that the monk thick quang duc used to drive to saigon in 1963 for his self immolation protest against the diem government

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