Day 24 (continued)
After the 3 hour bus journey to Chiang Khong, we arrive at our not so lovely guesthouse. Our room consisted of a very unsecured door with 2 single mattresses inside, the shared bathroom was outside the room down a walkway. However at £2 a night each it was hard to complain, plus we were only staying here for 1 night!
We had a walk around the town and found a Bar called "The Hub Pub" this was run by a man called Alan from Liverpool who had moved to Thailand. He was a Guinness world record holder for circumnavigating the world on a bike in the quickest time....or something like that. His love of bikes escalated into a museum dedicated to different bikes upstairs. We met 2 Irish lads here and after trying Alan's homemade flavoured vodka shots, watching funny YouTube videos on his tv and having more "Cheers" (beer) we headed out and grabbed some dinner and beers with the Irish. We also played some pool before heading back to the "dungeon". Tomorrow we cross the border into Laos!
We checked out of the dungeon while the guesthouse owner was in the process of giving lifts to the border crossing, Hannah managed to ride shotgun while I was left with 10 people on the back of the truck....literally on the back of the truck! I spent the next 15 minutes hanging on for dear life, crouching on the tailgate while this woman drove very badly to the border crossing with everyone's backpacks in front of me. We passed through immigration and then got a boat over the Mekong river. Once crossed, we rode on a Tuc Tuc and climbed on board the longboat.
The longboat journey was enjoyable for the first hour...then the novelty of being on a boat soon wore off and we endured another 5 hours before arriving in Pak Beng.