Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Fellowship Bridge it is

After a bit of reading and some surfing I have decided I will have to enter Laos at the Fellowship Bridge. It is the only land crossing that will allow me to get a Visa-on-Arrival* I do not want to go from Don Muang Airport into central Bangkok and get a visa from the Lao Embassy it will just waste a day and I don't have that many.

I will just have to forsake the train, damn I do like those sleeper trains.

My flight arrives at 12:20 on the 24th November. There is an Air Asia flight from Don Muang to Udon Thani at 16:15 for the pricely sum of 908 baht (£13) including taxes. This gets me in to Udon Thani at 17:15. then its either a 700 baht taxi or the Thai Airways "Limousine" minibus service for 100 baht to Nong Khai.

Then its ovenight at the Mutmee Guesthouse.

Now just working out a rough plan for two weeks in Laos.

I do worry that this blog has started me planning this like a military operation, but I have always enjoyed the planning aspects of a trip and the background reading. If i was going for six months I probably wouldnt bother.

* I have since discovered that you can obtain Visa-on-Arrival at

The Friendship Bridge crossing (near Vientiane, bordering Thailand)

The Vientiane International Airport (Wattay Airport)

The Luang Prabang International Airport

Pakse International Airport

Nam Kan/Noeng Haet (Xieng Khuang province, bordering Vietnam, since March 2003)

Lak Sao (Bolikhamsao Province, bordering Vietnam, since March 2003)

Lao Bao (Savannakhet Province, bordering Vietnam, since March 2003)

Thakek (Savannakhet Province, bordering Thailand, since March 2003)

Chong Mek (Champasak Province, bordering Thailand, since March 2003)

Huay Xai (Bokeo Province, since March 2003)

Boten (Luang Namtha Province, bordering Thailand, since March


Anonymous said...

Great Photography,well done.

Julis said...

Do you have any idea how much time does it take to get to the Thai-Lao boarder from Udon Thani (by the minibus) or in reverse direction? How ofthen are these minibuses?
I'm planning to fly out of Udon to BKK at 17-40 and trying to calculate when to leave Vientiane.