This was my activity on the Fourth of July - after finishing some work in the office, I headed out to Bangkok on the overnight train. However, before boarding, you have to go through the immigration formalities at the border - first on the Lao side, with waiting in lines at the checkpoints then wait for the bus. The view across the river is very relaxing as the bus chugs to the Thai side, where you wait on more lines.
The lines today were not that bad so I got to the train station in time to have dinner and buy some food to go at this restaurant. For dinner, I had stir-fried chicken and cashews with rice, and for my late night snacks and breakfast: pat thai, stir fried thing rice noodles eaten with chiles, spring onions and peanuts, and an egg sandwich on a baguette.