The Vietnam border is just 12kms away, but yet so far for me as I wake up after a good night's sleep. I headed down to the breakfast buffet and enjoyed a soup bowl of noodles, chicken, lettuce, cilantro, mint and some chili paste along with some dumplngs with unknown ingredients. I had three cups of instant 3 in 1 coffee---coffee, milk and sugar--some beet and carrot juice along with two fried eggs. It was quite a challenge eating the eggs with my chopsticks.
Here is what the train station looks like in the morning beyond the local market overflow.
My cook is preparing my dinner of stir fry meat?, green beans, garlic, tomatos, onions, along with other stuff served with watery soup and a huge portion of rice along with a large beer for just 23 RMB----a lot less than any of my Beijing meals.