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Swangthaew

A group of travelers (Tamar and myself along with a Dutch couple) join the Laoations and Vietnamese on the three hour trip to the Vietnam border in a Swangthaew...which is a pick up truck with benches in the back and a cover. Not very comfortable, especially in the winding, mountain roads of Northern Laos.
Road to Hanoi

November 16th 2005
We leave Phonsavan early in the morning to get a jump on heading to the Vietnam border (we have to first spend a night in Sam Neua). At the bus station, which again is just a dirt parking lot, a group of nice buses are parked. We are told our bus to Sam Neua will come shortly. Soon a delapitated vehicle that looks like it was once a bus comes up the road. That of course is for us. We board th ... read more
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