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The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, A Friendship Landmark

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 0 Comments

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The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, A Friendship Landmark 

Anyone read or watched the movie "A Walk to Remember"? You know, the book by Nicholas Sparks. Ring a bell? Mandy Moore? Switchfoot? Only Hope? No – none – blank stare. Okay fine, I’ll confess – I watched that movie! Haha. But don’t judge! In my defense, our whole class watched it! Haha. But, there’s something about that movie that struck a cord, and no it was not the cheesy plot or the drama. It was the “two places at one time” wish list acted out during the movie. This seems like a good travel bucket list – yes? You know, being in two places at one time, that amazing and gut wrenching feeling that you’re able to cheat time and conquer two amazing places! Yes - thankfully, the Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge is THAT. Check it out.

bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Laos:: The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, A Friendship Landmark

The best way to reach this crossroad is by foot. Yes you can drive or rent a taxi or tuktuk or take a bus to the area, but to be able to spend some time at this pit stop would only be via on foot. You need to walk at the side of the bridge, amidst the basking Mekong riverbed and the sweltering morning Lao sunlight. There are actually a lot of friendship bridges across Laos but this is one of the most famous one as there are so many stories behind the construction of it.


bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Laos:: The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, A Friendship Landmark
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Laos:: The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, A Friendship Landmark
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Laos:: The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, A Friendship Landmark


If you’re a fan of the adventure type kind of ruggedness, then this friendship is definitely for you. The place is as bare and as basic as a normal bridge. Nothing fancy, nothing elaborate. You’ll see flags of Laos and Thailand around the area. You’ll see the mocha Mekong river laying still. You’ll see fast cars pass you buy every five minutes or so. You’ll feel the wind brush through your perspiring skin. Everything is raw but this is the very reason that makes it a simple adventure. It’s simple but if you come to think of it, it’s profound as it is. The reason is more than enough to proceed. Two places in one go.


It’s all about comfort. Be sure to grab those comfy flops when you do this. You won’t want to spoil the experience due to an injured foot. No, it’s not trekking or anything - but still, better be prepared to do some walking. A little daredevil feeling since you’re feeling the swoosh of the vehicles as they pass you buy. Imagine you getting thrown out of the bridge, falling straight head first in the Mekong river just because you’re clumsy and not paying attention to the setting. Haha. Don’t forget to bring your memory recorder with you (SLR, video cam, iphone!), capture the moment and enjoy the scene. It’ll take about a good half an hour for you to walk back and forth, and take a snapshot of the Friendship bridge. Sidestory: friendship – friendship of the two countries. Okay, I knew you knew that! If only they offer passport stamps specific for these kinds of places (half TH, half LAO). Bridge brilliance.

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 55 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

For collaboration ideas, email bowdywanders@gmail.com.

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