We arrived in Nong khai in Thailand and had to get a tuk tuk to the Laos border crossing. A local tried to rip us off and stop at a local shop to buy our visa but we refused. We met someone who paid triple the price for his visa than what we paid. We are starting to get wise and know when they are trying to rip us off. We got a tuk tuk to our hotel Win Hotel which was basic but nice with a balcony on the landing. We only stayed here for 1 night even though it is the capital city theres not much to do here. We watched them celebrate new year but didnt join in this time. We went to a Laos style diner for food which was nice. Their food is quite different from in Thailand. They use alot of coriander and mint in their food. We booked to go to Vang Vieng the next day by minibus.