Border crossing with saleng, we're in Laos!

Our crazy road trip around Thailand and Laos on a tricycle (saleng).
  • Saleng expedition #38
  • Chiang Khong > Huay Xai > Luang Namtha
  • 195 km / 121 miles

Chiang Khong town, let's organize the border crossing and see if we can make it in the late afternoon!

Copying all our paperwork for the saleng, just to be sure! Personal data from the Thai Immigration office, to put the saleng on our name and get the green book. The green book and all important pages plus the receipt from the bike shop of the purchase of the scooter (without side car). Faded our personal info, sorry!

Chiang Khong Immigration, wrong office if you want to LEAVE the country (only for Thai visa extensions, etc.).

Border crossing! It took two hours while there was no queue... Copying the passport pages, green book papers, exporting the saleng!

Probably we paid way too much to different people/authorities. The 500 Bath bridge escort (not mentioned when paying) was the most hilarious! The guy drove at Ferrari speed over the bridge, while our saleng-topspeed is around cycling speed...

Importing the saleng, getting our visas, pay extra because office hours were over and removing the Thai flags (but it's called the friendship bridge!) before the night falls!

Border crossed! Look at all the papers we got! Custom Declaration for temporary imported passenger vehicle, record sheet of drivers and passengers and some other undefined sheets in Thai. Faded our personal info again. We can only stay in Laos for 30 days with the saleng, no extention possible! This leaves us with a problem because if we go back to Thailand we get 15 days and need 18 before we fly out of the country.

Kun man shang wu jiu dian hotel and restaurant in Huay Xai. No English, just ordered two chicken instead of chicken for two! Check out the amazing 'select your meal' fridge.

Found a bar to have our first refreshing Lao beer!

New country, let's organize INTERNET! Buying the wrong SIM-cards in the first place, no NET top-up possible. Than searching for a real Unitel shop with NET SIM-cards and instructions in English. Found it behind the Wangview market!

Fuel up, 18.000 kip is about 1,80 Euro!

Interesting bridge, let's see if our wheels have the right width!

Some impressions of the road from Huay Xai to Luang Namtha, road conditions are really good with sometimes a small 'bad' strip. Many people walking along the road with wood or vegetables on their backs.

Pushing the steering wheel to keep the saleng in a straight line.

Lunch break, ordering some sort of noodle soup - the only thing on the menu (I think).

It seems Lao Beer has sponsored some road signs, not so easy to see the difference from a distance.

Amandra Villa, in front of the New Bus station.

Accommodation recommendation: Amandra Villa, Luang Namtha
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  • 3407 km / 2117 miles done total
  • 2593 km / 1611 miles to go
  • 46 days done
  • 46 days to go
  • 27 provinces crossed
  • 18 provinces to go

Phuket - Phang Nga - Ranong - Chumphon - Prachuap Khiri Khan - Phetchaburi - Ratchaburi - Kanchanaburi - Suphanburi - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Singburi - Chainat - Uthai Thani - Nakhon Sawan - Phichit - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Uttaradit - Phrae - Lampang - Lamphun - Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son - Chiang Rai - Bokeo - Luang Namtha - Udomxai - Luang Prabang - Vientiane (khwaeng) - Vientiane (prefecture) - Kamphaeng Nakhon Wieng Chan - Bolikhamsai - Khammuan - Nakhon Phanom - Mukdahan - Kalasin - Roi Et - Maha Sarakham - Buriram - Nakhon Ratchasima - Nakhon Nayok - Pathum Thani - Nonthaburi - Bangkok

Saleng expedition, intro
Phuket Town to Laem Phrao, and we're off! (Saleng 1)
Laem Phrao to Khao Lak, the Dutch bobsled team! (Saleng 2)
Khao Lak to Praphat, thumbs up! (Saleng 3)
Praphat to Ko Phayam, saleng on board! (Saleng 4)
Ko Phayam, time to relax! (Saleng 5)
Ko Phayam to Ranong, hot springs & Loy Krathong! (Saleng 6)
Ranong to Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon), coast to coast! (Saleng 7)
Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon) to Bang Boet Bay, scenic route! (Saleng 8)
Bang Boet Bay to Thap Sakae, we have a problem! (Saleng 9)
Thap Sakae to Prachuap Khiri Khan, aircrafts crossing! (Saleng 10)
Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hua Hin, snakes and dead end roads! (Saleng 11)
Hua Hin, we need business cards! (Saleng 12)
Hua Hin to Petchaburi, visiting a tropical vine yard! (Saleng 13)
Petchaburi, amazing cave temple and aggressive monkeys! (Saleng 14)
Petchaburi to Kanchanaburi, discovering the walking directions of Google Maps! (Saleng 15)
Kanchanaburi, King's Day & Light & Sound Festival 2015 (Bridge over the river Kwae)! (Saleng 16)
Kanchanaburi, Bridge Over The River Kwae! (Saleng 17)
Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya, being the attraction and escort service! (Saleng 18)
Ayutthaya, writing Thai and some cultural differences! (Saleng 19)
Ayutthaya, ruins, strange tuk-tuks and Christmas time! (Saleng 20)
Ayutthaya to Lopburi, going Dutch! (Saleng 21)
Lopburi, bikers in monkey town! (Saleng 22)
Lopburi to Pho Prathap Chang, why didn't we get a car? (Saleng 23)
Pho Prathap Chang to Sukhothai, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Birthday! (Saleng 24)
Sukhothai, saleng at UNESCO World Heritage site! (Saleng 25)
Sukhothai to Phrae, we're not the slowest! (Saleng 26)
Phrae, think big! (Saleng 27)
Phrae to Lampang, 2000 km done! (Saleng 28)
Lampang, ladies not allowed! (Saleng 29)
Lampang to San Kamphaeng, visiting an elephant hospital! (Saleng 30)
San Kamphaeng to Chiang Mai, we made it before Christmas! (Saleng 31)
Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, Christmas time in the tropics! (Saleng 32)
Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son loop with saleng! (Saleng 33)
Muay Thai in Chiang Mai! (Saleng 34)
Countdown party 2016 in Chiang Rai! (Saleng 35)
Saleng to Mae Salong, the little engine that could! (Saleng 36)
Mae Salong to Chiang Khong, opium at the Golden Triangle! (Saleng 37)
Border crossing with saleng, we're in Laos! (Saleng 38)
Luang Namtha outdoor adventures! (Saleng 39)
It's too cold in the tropics! (Saleng 40)
Off the beaten track! (Saleng 41)
Relaxing in Luang Prabang! (Saleng 42)
Peak performance: Saleng at 1900 meters /6233 feet! (Saleng 43)
Tubing in Vang Vieng! (44)
Eating dust while reaching 4000 KM / 2485 miles! (Saleng 45)
Fixing the bike, one more time! (Saleng 46)
Reaching base camp, Thakhek loop with extreme cold weather! (Saleng 47)
Konglor Cave, underground river adventure! (Saleng 48)
Finishing the Thakhek Loop with the saleng! (Saleng 49)
Relaxing in Thakhek! (Saleng 50)
Border crossing with an unidentified object! (Saleng 51)
Farang in Isaan! (Saleng 52)
Reaching 5000 KM / 3107 miles around Roi Et! (Saleng 53)
Tree hugging and Khmer temples in Phimai! (Saleng 54)
Tasting new latitude wines in Khao Yai! (Saleng 55)
Cruising through Khao Yai National Park with the saleng! (Saleng 56)
We made it to Bangkok! The final chapter! (Saleng 57)
SOLD the saleng! (Saleng 58)

To be continued, stay tuned!

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