29.07.2009 - 30.07.2009
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On Wednesday evening we caught a taxi to the bus station and eventually with a few hand signals found are bus that was headed from Kunming to Hekou on the Chinese border. When we got on we found the beds were very spacious being at least as wide as me and as long as from my feet to my chest. However, we still managed to get some sleep which was good as it stopped us from needing to look out the window and see how alarmingly fast our driver was going. To add to this at four in the morning some Americans discovered that someone had stolen there bag which they had cleverly left under their bed containing a laptop and Ipod. They called the police who surprisingly turned up and searched the bus finding the bag without the laptop under my bed, which look a bit dodgy. However, a couple of people from the back had recently got off and had clearly taken the bag. Finally we made it to Hekou at 8.00 on Thursday morning.
We then went to go through immigration and after a full bag search at the Chinese end we crossed the bridge over the Red River to the Vietnam end which was a complete mess of Swine Flu forms and immigration. After they had not looked at and stamped our half finished forms we made it into Lao Cai. We then found a minibus to take us to Sapa which then preceded to drive around town for half an hour looking for more passengers before going up to Sapa.