steel horse odyssey

steel horse odyssey

around the world by motorcycle

immigration problems

LaosPosted by Jan Lamers 10 Jun, 2013 04:22:49
Clarena and I wanted to travel by train from Vientiane, Laos to Bangkok, Thailand but we were stopped at the border in Nong Kai. Being Colombian Clarena was not granted a visa and we had to go back to Vientiane. Because Thai immigration had already stamped my passport we had a hard time explaining Lao immigration why my passport had Thai stamps and Clarena's passport didn't. After more than one hour they finally seemed to understand. We had to pay for a new visa and were allowed in. The next day we went to the Thai embassy in Vientiane to apply for a visa but again it was refused. It seemed we were stuck in Laos now for the rest of our trip. We decided to change Clarena's flight back to Hong Kong and spend a week there.

elephants

LaosPosted by Jan Lamers 29 May, 2013 12:03:29
Clarena and I traveled by VIP bus from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Except for the word itself on the windscreen there was nothing VIP about the bus. An old Chinese communist bus with hardly any legroom, a failing airco and therefore a horrible smell. Luang Prabang is a really nice ctiy. It is perfectly situated on the confluence of the Mekong and NamKhan rivers. There are some nice temples and French colonial architecture to be seen. We went to the elephant camp north of Luang Prabang and for the first time in my life I have ridden and swom with elephants. Impressive animals and although I enjoyed the ride a lot, I was happy to be on my own two feet again.

reunited

LaosPosted by Jan Lamers 29 May, 2013 11:44:26
Via Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Khon Kaen and Nong Kai I rode into Vientiane, Laos to meet my girlfriend Clarena again. Being from Colombia she wasn't granted a Thai visa so we had to meet in Vientiane. But finally it all worked out well and we are reunited for the third time. I left the bike in Vientiane and together we travelled by public transport to Vang Vieng. The limestone rocks around Vang Vieng are spectacular. We rented bicycles and rode to some caves and lagoons. Although the village of Vang Vieng itself is pretty touristy there wasn't too much going on due to low season.