Trip Start Nov 14, 2010
61Trip End Jun 10, 2011
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Where I stayed
Syri 2 Guest House
During our stopover in Luang Prabang we spent the night at Kinally Guesthouse which was lovely and quiet and clean. And a bit cheaper than other places we had seen. That night we booked a big bus (rather than a mini bus) to Vientiane which would pick us up at 7am. Then we had a bite to eat and went to bed. We got up, had breakfast at the same great place we had before and left again
The bus trip to Vientiane showed promising signs for a pleasant journey. The VIP bus did indeed have a toilet onboard as promised and the seats were the largest and comfiest we'd sat in. However, Laos people, just like the Vietnamese, don't travel well. Three people were sqeezed on the to pair of seats next to us and they vomitted the whole way! Inbetween bouts of sickness, they ate - durrrr!! I loost count of how many plastic sick bags they filled. Clear plastic bags which they suspended on the back of the seat in front. Yuck.
The route to Vientiane took in some amazing scenery, especially the part between Kasi and Vang Vieng. But it was difficult to appreciate with people retching in my ear. I suppose travel sickness can't be helped, but blowing ones nose into ones fingers and then wiping what comes out all over the upholstery of the seats is plain wrong. So, in went the earphones, up went the volume and down came the eyelids. 9.5 hours later we arrive in Vientiane.
As per usual a tuk tuk ride was required to bridge the 10km gap between the bus station and the town
For a capital city, Vientiane was pretty quite and we liked it. It's chilled out, has a friendly feel and a fair helping of things to do and places to visit without having to go on organised tours. Just hire a push bike and off you go. Many of the places we have visted have been caught somewhere between old and new, but no where has it been as apparent as Vientiane. We reckon that 5-10 years ago it would have been a fantastic place to be and soak up the Laos "city" life. And we also have a feeling that in 5-10 years from now it'll be a great place to visit, especially along the river front. But right now it's very obviously in transition.