Wednesday 8 March 2017

Bribing our way out of Vietnam - with some secret filming...

Sorry this is coming in a bit late. It has taken a while for Marc to get this video to me. The road can be busy! Here is all the footage that Marc shot of us getting through the most Northern border of Vietnam and into Laos. It was our last day, visa-wise, that we could be in the country, so we didn't have much choice, regardless of all the bad stories we'd heard about foreigners with motorcycles being refused to cross. $30 seems to be the going rate at this one. It was all well rehearsed on their part. Corruption can sometimes work in your favour... afterall, we're travelling on bikes not registered in our names and with no insurance. So paying a bit to get through can be acceptable. Sometimes corruption doesn't work in your favour though; that's why this is the only border crossing my bike has gone through out of the three countries I've travelled through with it, tee hee!

(Please excuse the spelling mistakes also. Through the many months I was travelling with the Germans I was teaching them English, but there wasn't many opportunities for written lessons... also, that Homo Sapien joke was my idea.. just saying!)

Tomorrow I'll be travelling to Koh Samui with Will. I'm sure an internal Thai flight will be a lot smoother than the 26 hour, Cambodian-organised one here. I'm looking forward to a bit of island life... just before the three-country mad dash with my bike back to Saigon, Vietnam where I'll sell it and fly home, with what I truly believe to be a small fracture in my ankle. The pain isn't leaving, and from past experience it felt like a break as soon as the cow hit me. Got thirteen days to get all that done from the day I land back in Bangkok. I'm kind of excited!

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