Internet is slow and I am not that patient to write a long update/description for my trip. Everything has been alright so far. I was so tired of sitting on the buses. I cannot believe how long I did sit on “King of Bus” – a VIP bus transporting in Laos.
Bus ride #3: Danang to Viet-Laos border: 5hrs++ on a private car.Rate: 1.000.000VND (thanks to my friend Xuan, who helped to arrange it). Almost hit the barrier on the highway when a truck driver changed his mind suddenly not to let us pass over him. Asshole driver!
Bus ride #4: Viet-Lao border to Xephon (20km to Savannakhet): 5hrs++ on a random bus owned by a Vietnamese-Lao man. Random bus so I paid as the driver told us: 75.000kip. He was nice to treat us a delicious dinner (grilled chicken and sticky rice). He also helped us to get a bus ticket to Vientiane that night.
Bus ride # 5: Xephone to Vientiane: 9hrs++ on a local express bus. Rate: 65.000kips. I was totally tired and slept all the way. I did not see anything outside. Arrived in Vientiane at 4.30AM.
Transit: tuktuk to our CS host, 30.000kip/person. Paul was our CS host in Vientiane. He and his friends are volunteering there. We had a great talking. Christina and I spent a whole day exploring the sleepy town. Nothing much to see, but wats.
Bus ride #6: Vientiane to Luang Prabang: 12hrs++ on a VIP bus “”king of bus”. Rate: 180.000kip. Many sharp carves on the way. Beautiful view. Worst noodle soup in my life with full of MSG. Arrived LBP at 5.30PM, happily 🙂 Walk around to find a reasonable rate GH. The one I know I could not find it (sadly). We spent 5bucks/night
Bus ride #7: LBP to Lao-Thai border: 13hrs++ on a VIP bus again. Rate 170.000kip. It was a good idea that we did not buy a whole ticket from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai since our traveler companies got stuck in the border.
I did not try much Lao food. I just got dinner with grilled chicken and sticky rice. The other meals when I was there were burger and Indian food. I love beer Laos by the way.
I am so sorry that Vientiane trip was not that impressive. I was a bit disappointed. Maybe I need more time to understand the city or find more activities to do here.
Luang Prabang is unchanged and I did not have much to write.
Next time, if I return, I will definitely visit some other places in Laos to get to know more about this country.
Khop chai jai for reading my blog. I am doing well. I can’t wait for the next destination.
Check photos of Vientiane here
Everywhere in Laos (and more in Viet Nam)
Everywhere in town
Landmark of the capital – That Luang
Check photos of Luang Prabang here
View from a bus – on the way to Luang Prabang
One of many buses I took on my trip – They were quite comfortable for my size
Mekong river – dry season – so low, so dry
Laos style scarves
One of my fav breakfasts: bagel, cream cheese, home-made da-ua and fruits