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Worst border crossing experience in Asia

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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 5y

Laos to Vinh

is there anything worst. Not really complaining, I paid 10 dollars for a seat. But I am sure it is cheaper. The booth sell it at 20 dollars. The sleeper to Hanoi is 25 dollars but the hotels sell it at 35-45 dollars.

Then you have to pay border crossing fees. It was so unorganized.

I paid the guys on the bus, they don't speak a single English word. No ticket was issued... so it was stressful.

Then you reached Vietnam, shameless rip off galore starts at the bus stations. So maybe getting it from the Foreign owned and managed hostels are the best way to do it. In places like Vietnam and Laos, the sight of a white man can sometimes be like a palm tree in the dessert. I was the only foreigner in my bus. I didn't sleep at all. It was a bus to Vietnam. I'd feel more comfortable if it was Cambodia or Thailand.

The motorbike drivers make me want to stay in the hostel all day. Extremely annoying and try telling them to fuck off, and you will see them dangerously wild. The government should put them all a way.

2. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 5y

I completely agree!! Me and two friends did that border crossing around two years ago and refer to it as the 26 hour bus journey from hell!

The whole thing was incredible! We arrived at the 'bus station' in Vientiane, with about 50 buses parked in a field and about 100 people all telling you to go to different buses.

After a lot of procrastination and a very uncomfortable bus ride we eventually got through the border crossing. Then we got a bus from Vinh to Hue in the middle of a typhoon and got kicked off by the driver (we were the only 3 foreigners on the bus) on the outskirts of a flooded Hue at 10pm in the evening in the middle of a power cut, not knowing where to go!

Still I think we only paid about £8 for it, and I will certainly remember it for the rest of my life!

3. Posted by wizzy (Budding Member 12 posts) 5y

You are all back packagers who loves adventuring .. So it is worth? And you guys always bear in mind that you are in the poorest countries in the world! No western and/or international standard met up in those remote regions.

4. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 5y

Quoting Steve79

I completely agree!! Me and two friends did that border crossing around two years ago and refer to it as the 26 hour bus journey from hell!

Still I think we only paid about £8 for it, and I will certainly remember it for the rest of my life!

It was very stressful, but we want the so called cultural experience, and sometimes we get it. It was fascinating how something that can be organized had to be so bad. But it was a bit funny though, especially now that it is over. I was experiencing hell, but I looked at the caucasians and I feel like laughing. I may be in a cheaper bus, but atleast I can blend in and just be invisible with my missery.