Thanaleng Train Station
Last February I entered Laos by the morning train coming from Nong Khai which runs over the friendship bridge. Upon arrival at Tha Na Laeng, formalities were smooth & swift. Take heed it's wise to have US$ banknotes in hand as well as your passport photographs before completing the forms (1 for visa, the other for customs).
Then a few meters outside the station is the vast parking where a Song Teo featuring the station logo, waits to fill up. 50 bahts per passenger to reach its last stop in Vientiane in a street featuring Sunisouk guest. Indeed I prefer to travel to Laos by rail rather than road. However no duty free shop available at that clean Lao station, the sole one in the country. Let's hope the tracks will be extended unto Vientiane!