After arriving at a hostel late last night near the Laos border, we were woken at 7am and taken to another guesthouse for breakfast of eggs and toast.
The border crossing was over a river. You got a stamp out of Thailand easy enough on one side of the river. Paid a dollar for a boat ride across the river into Laos.
It was chaotic at the Laos border with everyone trying to get their visa and no queuing system in place. It took about 2 hours. Then we got a minibus to Luang Nam Tha where we would be staying for a few nights. We arrived around 2pm. Luang Nam Tha is a tiny place and consists mostly of a stretch of road around 100 metres long. There are a few accommodation options and there were a handful of tourists though it appeared to be one of the less popular tourist places.
We ate some lunch and booked a 2 day trekking tour for tomorrow – the main reason for coming to the area. In the evening we went to the night market which consisted of a maximum of 10 food stalls and ate sticky rice and half a duck.
John then had a chocolate pancake and I ate 2 grilled bananas – energy for the trek!