Khaem Xam, Sam Neua (Laos)

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Well, I grew tired of my adventure. I have concluded the driver is insane. We arrived at 0900, thus on the road for 16 hours. We stopped once for 20mins. The driver didn’t change over at all. He drove way too fast. We went on single lane, yet two way traffic, roads for hours with cliffs on one side and he was uncomfortably fast and severe on his taking of bends. I’m still swaying now as if I’ve been on the ferry to Norway. Three passengers were travel sick for the whole journey, I got no more than an hours sleep in intervals of 10 minutes, maximum. When it was all over I was so glad, I have never been on such a dangerous road journey, he was a mad man.

We arrived at a different bus station than the one outlined in the guide book. It was very cool: there is a ridge which falls down to Sam Neua, they appear to have widened it and put a bus station on top. It is so exposed and offers commanding views of the region.

I watched "The Spy Who Loved Me" in the morning after I had a hot shower and ate a filling meal, which I needed. Tomorrow I’ll go to the bus station early for some photos of the clouds, whilst I’m there I’ll also check bus times because no doubt they’ve changed. In the afternoon I’ll walk around, take photos and figure out how to get to the Pathet Lao caves for the day after.