December 8, 2010
We had an amazing race journey. We rushed to the train station in
Nongkai just 2-3 minute before the train departure! We were so close!
Our hearts literally pop'd!!! Highlight of the race:
4:30 - 5:00 tuk-tuk to bus station
5:10 - 5:45 local bus to Friendship Bridge
5:50 clearing Laos border control
6:00 - 6:05 border bus crossing the river
6:10 clearing Thailand border control
6:12 - 6:15 tuk-tuk to Nongkai station
6:17 board the train, depart at 6:20.
We didn't and we couldn't afford any delay in any of the chain of
transportations. It was so close!
We were on a sleeper train. There we discovered a unique sight. The
restaurant cart of the train is a pub and was playing the 70's music!
Definitely a scene that I enjoy! We chatted with other tourists and was
fun. If it wasn't that we're tired after the amazing race, we would have
a drinking night. Haha. Good memory!
This is one unique local bus experience. Kindly notice the middle alley
Through this journey, I notice the behavior of the locals. They are
generous and happy. I witnessed helping hands offered from strangers to
strangers and the kindness of people arranging better seat to the ones
in need. Somehow I reflect this to my life in Hong Kong. People,
including me, are generally selfish for most of the time and we tend to
judge people through outlook and other material measures. What is the
value of kindness and love?
Yummy Congee, our breakfast for two days.
After days of local food, we couldn't resist and had pizza, pastas and
ice-cream. Civilizations !