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    Pissed and Ripped in Savannakhet

    I had a few days in Savannakhet with family. what a shit hole? couldn't wait get back to thailand fast enough,what gives with these Laotians? for whom I had previously had high regard for.

    Firstly while it was on the Thai side, I had the misfortune to come up a against the wrath in of a dick head on the bridge. An obstructive unhelpful prick, who want going to give me any info on border passes for the kids.
    Then on the the Laotian side i ran into another cvnt who refused to take US dollars, saying they were fake, as I got the from the bank at Udon that was unlikely. he just didn't want them, preferring to take baht where he could cash them in for more money and hand in the US dollars to his boss.

    It just got worse from there, rorted at every turn in Savannakhet on exchange rates. A crap hotel, a room switch, shown one and given another, rude people and Unhelpful in the extreme.
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    it is a bit of a shithole .i was there on teusday night, had to leg it from the hotel to downtown for a beer,no tuk tuks around, same story coming back tuk tuk drivers all seem to go to bed at 7.00, the hotel i stayed in was the only redeeming feature, Dao savanh, where were you staying peter?

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    I enjoyed it. The people were very friendly. Paid in baht everywhere and didn't get shafted on price.

    Was a bit of a shit hole though.

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    was in laos last year an drove down from Vientaine with the intention of staying in Sav, drove around a few hours, Looked for a decent hotel, had a meal on the river an said fuck it an crossed the bridge back to Thailand

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    It sounds like the Lao Government and administration are struggling with very rapid change. The problems will escalate when planned highways and infrastructure dramatically change the landscape over the next three years. The administrative problems have to be very quickly fixed if the country is to take advantage of the ASEAN strategy, and the clock is certainly ticking!!!!

    For example..... I read that a contract was signed for a high speed rail link from Savannakhet to the Vietnamese border by a Malaysian company over a year ago, planned to connect Vietnam through to Singapore eventually via Savannakhet. A major freight route is also being constructed utilising this bridge. There is already an Industrial park with Motor Cycle and car assembly plants planned or being built and would you believe it a Dutch Aerospace company building High Tech Aircraft parts for the Airbus and others!
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    Sounds horrific Peter, I wont be going to that shit hole then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    it is a bit of a shithole .i was there on teusday night, had to leg it from the hotel to downtown for a beer,no tuk tuks around, same story coming back tuk tuk drivers all seem to go to bed at 7.00, the hotel i stayed in was the only redeeming feature, Dao savanh, where were you staying peter?
    That's where I'm staying soon. Looks like the only serious option in Savahhakhet.

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    great photo thread Pete

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    If you have your own wheels the casino isnt a bad option to stay,daosavanh has a decent brekkie and pool if its hot,down towns a bit of a non event though

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    Complete shithole with no redeeming features other than the thai consulate which is quicker and freindlier than the one in vientienne.

    https://teakdoor.com/the-teakdoor-lou...-trip-pt1.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    couldn't wait get back to thailand fast enough
    Ditto. Whole place is nasty with the exception of the staff at the consulate who strangely appear to know what they are doing, as opposed the the fucking idiots inside Thailand who shuffle papers and try and disguise their complete and utter retarded ignorance with arrogance.

    The only redeeming feature I could find there was the karaoke area in the casino where all the slagdogs all had massive tits.
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    I totally agree ! These monkeys there do not even know what it weed when every TUK TUK at Vientiane as 10 bags in his pocket !

    Never go to the CAFE DE LAO at Savhanaket, the owner is a stupid retarded French Lao who believes she is not a monkey because she can speak French, food is a rip off and they don't understand what means SCRAMBLED EGGS.

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    Bummer, Pete. Sometimes you only have to deal with one turd at a time, and sometimes several come at you in succession.

    A few years ago some prick on the Friendship Bridge would only accept US dollars when I didn't have any....but his friend there could change baht.
    I could see the situation getting nasty if I pointed out that the good citizens of my country ( Australia ) had PAID for that bridge, so I didn't, but just to piss him off I took a tuk tuk back to Nong Khai and changed baht there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Complete shithole with no redeeming features other than the thai consulate which is quicker and freindlier than the one in vientienne.

    https://teakdoor.com/the-teakdoor-lou...-trip-pt1.html
    I liked the place. Pretty quiet and laid back. Everyone was friendly enough although they were a bit slow in becoming so. Dead pan faces when we checked into the hotel but after a while they warmed up and smiled all the time.

    Food we had was good, didn't get ripped off and the pate baguettes were bloody lovely for breakfast with a cafe boran and dirt cheap

    No night life or ' action ' but wasn't expecting any. I would have been more disappointed to see a McDonalds or go go bar. As it was it was like a step back in time.

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    I thought this thread was gonna be about Pete gettin drunk and bumraped

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Sounds horrific Peter, I wont be going to that shit hole then.
    Not decent PR for them, is it?

    But then, perhaps they don't give a fcuk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    I thought this thread was gonna be about Pete gettin drunk and bumraped
    Sounds like he got pisseed because he got ripped. Where was he then.Might try cammo to blend in better. Redish brown to match the shit in the ditch.Yea i got took by a took took driver onceAll and all it could have been worse.Hope You have better luck next time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    couldn't wait get back to thailand fast enough
    Ditto. Whole place is nasty with the exception of the staff at the consulate who strangely appear to know what they are doing, as opposed the the fucking idiots inside Thailand who shuffle papers and try and disguise their complete and utter retarded ignorance with arrogance.

    The only redeeming feature I could find there was the karaoke area in the casino where all the slagdogs all had massive tits.
    spin has it right, fucking rip off from whore to go, tuck tuk drivers, meals I dunno about the hos but bet they charge extra because lack of length, or some thing. never so glad to get back to Thailand. sorry bout the lack of pictures, nothing to take a picture of. a fucking sad sorry, dirty town, mud every where, leave to those tossers in the stupid big hats.

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    What I'm saying Is I know I stand out like a stupid tourist. My Lao speaking sucks at best and I have felt many times that people want to take advantage and have. For example I bought some sausage from a vender. The wife asked how much I paid. I found out the girl charged me 25 cents more per kilo. I did take a photo of her booth and nice smile. Worth 25 cents I think so.I did say I look like a stupid tourist.

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    ^^ But, Peter, leaving some of the minor points aside, did you enjoy your trip?

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    It beats me, went for a family meal, finished at 8 pm, in a empty restaurant in a popular area. could not get a tuktuk back, Took for nearly 1 hour.

    Ding ding you tossers, he is an idea, reduce your hotel prices to half that of Thailand, teach your staff to smile, put a stop to your thieving immigration people. train your tuk tuk drivers to learn the Thai language.
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    Best bet is to hire a tuk tuk for the day Pete. Savannakhet is a bit more bearable with a driver on tap, and I don't recall it cost that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansucks View Post
    I totally agree ! These monkeys there do not even know what it weed when every TUK TUK at Vientiane as 10 bags in his pocket !

    Never go to the CAFE DE LAO at Savhanaket, the owner is a stupid retarded French Lao who believes she is not a monkey because she can speak French, food is a rip off and they don't understand what means SCRAMBLED EGGS.
    Why do you write like a Thai with a counterfeit dictionary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Best bet is to hire a tuk tuk for the day Pete. Savannakhet is a bit more bearable with a driver on tap, and I don't recall it cost that much.
    A good idea, sabers, but the drivers are just so unethical.

    eg My wife booked a tuk tuk for a particular time, the tuk tuk didn't arrive, when my wife remonstrated with the driver, it appears that another tuk tuk arrived at the scene and then opportunistically grabbed the fare saying that the original driver couldn't make it.

    An example of no honour amongst thieves.
    The original tuk driver arrived at the agreed time and then gave my wife a bollocking for not waiting.
    Som num na.
    Its a common practice, to hang around at popular pick times and then tell the customer its been booked for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansucks View Post
    I totally agree ! These monkeys there do not even know what it weed when every TUK TUK at Vientiane as 10 bags in his pocket !

    Never go to the CAFE DE LAO at Savhanaket, the owner is a stupid retarded French Lao who believes she is not a monkey because she can speak French, food is a rip off and they don't understand what means SCRAMBLED EGGS.
    Why do you write like a Thai with a counterfeit dictionary?
    Marmite, would scrambled eggs be, scam benn egg? in tinglish.

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