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Journey to Vientiane

More adventures on a bus

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So far in my travels in Asia I've had some 'adventures' on various buses. In Asia you assume that buses won't leave on time, you'll be very cramped, they won't leave until they are full, not just humans ride the buses and that you'll suffer damage to your ears due to the fact that horrible Asian pop music is blared out a Spinal Tap-esque 11 (that's one higher that ten people) on the volume control!

I was due to get an overnight sleeper bus from Pakse to Vientiane and went I arrived at the bus station at 8 o'clock I thought my luck had changed. I was looking at an ultra modern, very clean and comfortable bus - JACKPOT! The beds were actually full length which meant that I could actually stretch to my full height - a rare luxury. Admittedly the beds were double beds so I was sharing but no matter I was enjoying the luxury. Hell we even got a free bottle water and a free bar! I snuggled up in my (clean blanket - again not such a common luxury) and went to sleep hoping to wake up in Vientiane.

The next morning I awoke but unfortunately not in Vientiane. The bus had broken down (of course it had) about 2 hours away from the capital and we were going to have to make other arrangements. So I had to leave my luxury bus, strap my bag to the roof of a small truck and then endure 2 hours of ass numbing pain on a piece of wood masquerading as a seat on the back of truck.

I knew it was to good to be true!

Posted by ronanm32 10:23 Archived in Laos Tagged bus

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