On Day 3 of my 8th trip to Lao, I hadn’t even gotten there yet.
The bus from Nong Khai left around 7pm and arrived at Mor Chit,
main bus station, around 6am. I grabbed a cab straight to the U.S. Consulate in Bangkok, dismissing
the first first cab because it didn’t have a workable meter. This is a
well-known taxi scam in Bangkok.
If the cab driver does not have a workable meter, chances are he will charge
you lots more than it would have cost running a meter. Many cab drivers
apologize that their meter is broken, when in fact they don’t want it to
function, anyway. You don’t want rides from these guys. There are loads of
taxis in Bangkok
to choose from.
Everything at the Consulate proceeded smoothly and I was again reminded of American efficiency compared to
When I finally got back to Nong Khai late that night, I was able to get my usual room in my favored guesthouse, even though my reservation wasn’t for that night, but a different one. I was pooped. I took a shower and collapsed on the bed, falling asleep immediately.