There's a bit more to the decline of Boten than a few ladies of negotiable affection. I believe that there were lots of guys coming across the border, losing their shirts, and more, in the Casino... and ending up in jail.... which caused the shutdown.
There's still some of those ladies there btw... did you manage to escape their clutches, Ed?
A Chinese company has bought up big around there and hopes to get it going again. We (I was there with 2 other guys) stayed in the hotel where the company has its staff... a 4+ star hotel and we paid $9 a night.... although they would only take Chinese notes, so we had to exchange USD for Yuan at the supermarket.
A fascinating place... and a brilliant road leading to it. I imagine you'll be heading towards the Plain of Jars?
A man should only do the work that is required of him. To do more is a form of greed.