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Travel to Southeast Asia with Nacho: Arrival in Laos

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Road to DomKhon

Thursday starts like every day early. After visiting the spectacular temples of Angkor Wat I proceed to change country and move from Cambodia to Laos. A Cambodian often picks me up with all the luggage in the hostel and takes me to where the van leaves on his motorcycle.

In the van (its famous mini vans) we go 7 people, each with a different destination so we will make a stopover so that each one takes another means to get where they want.

The mini van, which a priori might seem a comfortable means of transport, turns out to be the opposite. Narrow seats with short backs, along with a bumpy road and continuous overtaking of bics and motorcycles with their corresponding sound warning through the horn makes it impossible to sleep for a while. So we arrive at the point of the stopover at 5 hours and after two more waiting at a lost point in Cambodia we get another mini van to all travelers to Laos.

From this point road conditions get worse, to which a heavy rain joins. The driver tries to guide the van through the winding road full of holes and elevations. The two lanes are no longer indicative, we move from left to right avoiding obstacles that appear without exceeding 40 kilometers per hour. The situation has changed and the rest of the means of transport are now ahead of us.

After several tired hours of travel we arrive at the border with Laos. There begins the game of visas and passports. Same strategy as the one followed in the previous step of entering Laos.

The sky is completely dark and the rain does not allow us to continue the trip with what we have to take refuge for 50 minutes in a restaurant.

When the storm subsides, we divide again among the different destinations within Laos, Pakse on one side and Don Det on the other.

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This new journey takes about 40 minutes and We arrived at the port to catch the boat to Don Det. However, the driver says that the service has already closed and offers us a place to stay that he knows.

Aware already of how these matters work, after several insistence and a bit of bargaining I get transportation to Don Det at a reasonable price, knowing that I have a place already reserved to which I have to arrive.

Sunset at DonDet

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