Laos Border Crossings

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  1. Chantony

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    I entered at Nong Khai a couple of weeks ago with no problems, 1 bike and 1 pillion, see this thread,
    Vang Vieng Via Nong Khai
     
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    Thanks for the update - great to hear it's no longer a hassle! Nice tips and pics on your thread -

    Cheers,

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    #178 DavidFL, Dec 2, 2019
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    Nakhon Phanom - Tha Khek
    22 November 2019
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    I was able to exit from Thailand to Laos.
    This was all made easier by my records being in the computer on both sides.
    On the Thai side, I was at first told you're not supposed to cross the bridge but.....
    Then on the Lao side it could not have been easier, zero questions asked, plus with my info in the computer the customs form was printed out & in five minutes, signed, stamped & I was on my way.

    Savannakhet - Mukdahan
    24 November 2019. Another shit fight exiting Laos.
    4 months ago I had a battle to exit from Savan. Lao immigration & customs said ok, but police said no. However after 40 minutes I wore them down & was let go.
    This time immigration said ok. Police at first said no. Took away my passport, had a meeting in the office, came back & an extremely polite female officer asked a few questions in good English & then said OK you can go. All good I thought. Then a stern Lao customs officer, looking to exercise his authority said no & refused to budge.
    A lengthy conversation followed. Its dangerous for you to ride on the bridge. 55. I asked him if he had been to Phongsali, Xam Neua or Attapeu, because I had already & did not think that riding across a simple well constructed the bridge was dangerous. Stalemate.
    I persisted. Eventually he agreed to escort me across the bridge with his pickup, if I followed closely. So off we went at a pace that was too fast for me. 80KPH across the bridge! I like to dawdle over at 40kph enjoying the view. Once on the other side he stopped as soon as we reached the end of the bridge, wound down his window, called out goodbye, turned around & wet straight back across the bridge. Not even an escort to the Thai border facilities.

     
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    If puzzling behaviour was not so common in these circumstances it really would be puzzling! It seems like your regularity at crossing borders is starting to pay dividends..
     
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    That's the issue, they can't even agree themselves on what the policy is & how to enforce it.
    But being in the computer definitely helps & I've been at it for a few decades.
    Speaking the language is also a huge bonus, as good as being in the computer almost. However it doesn't always work.
    And if you're doing it for the first time it is a mistake to rock up & ask if you can cross the bridge, because the answer will be no!
    Just hand in your papers and ask for the forms, saying you are going to Laos. Don't ask if you can go, you must assume it is OK & a done thing.

    Border Crossings

    Entering Laos - Some History
     
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    We crossed in Chiang Khong/Huayxay on Friday with no problem whatsoever. About 20 minutes each side.
    Returned in Vientiane yesterdays with no problems. I guess they are not used to 350kg cruisers crossing.
    Or maybe the hangover from the GT-R monthly dinner helped.:):)
     
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