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Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
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Trip End May 26, 2009


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Monday, May 11, 2009

Hey there,

We ended up not staying the night in Pakse because the only buses we could get to Vientiene were night buses and we really didn't want to spend another full day there because it's not that interesting. This was a pain because we'd already checked into a guesthouse for the night. Luckily Sophie and Laura (the girls we were with on Don Det) turned up then after being on the internet and decided they were going to stay in Pakse for a night. So they just took our room and we booked a bus for that night. We then spent to day bumming around, I tried to find a solution to my ipod suddenly stopping wanting to turn on (which I still haven't found, despite re-setting it thousands of times dammit).

That evening we turned up to the bus station to get our. which turned out to be a party bus. it was called the King of Bus (genius) and was a double decker sleeper affair and painted on the outside like a circus lorry mural! Minus the boobs of course and had LED flashing lights all over it. The inside was luxury too! Almost like a boudoir, AND we got free food, rice and meat with water and sweeties for afters! Can't believe the shiniest bus we got was in Laos!

So on our awesome bus we arrived into Vientiene at 7am, after getting a tuk tuk into town we checked into a very nice (if expensive compared to Don Det) guesthouse and went for some breakfast. We found that Vientiene wasn't half as horrible as people we have met said it was. In fact we quite liked it. Not much to do, admittedly but we had a good time. We started by hiring a moped again (in a capital city! Danger!) But it was fine, it's not like the death road of Vietnam or Cambodia, its a bit more chilled. Anyway we then went on an adventure to find the Buddha Park (unfortunately, not a theme park, but a park full of buddhas). It was pretty cool and we only got lost a couple of times. Which was impressive considering it was 30km away.

After we'd been there, we managed to get back in one piece (I, EW, am getting pretty good at the moped driving thing now, didn't crash into one palm tree this time) we went to see the Stupa, which was very gold and shiny and we only got lost once on the way there. It's apparently the most important monument in Laos, we chatted to some small monks who were learning Japanese. After this we went to the Laos equivalent of the Arc de Triumph (actually called Patuxi, or something) and the Champs Elysee, which they built with Chinese money which was supposed to go towards an airport. Oh well it looks pretty good.

By this point we were ridiculously hot and somewhat sunburnt so went back to chill for a couple of hours. Anyway that was all the sightseeing for Vientiene done really. Later we watched the Grand Prix (with Thai commentary) in the hostel common room with a couple of people, which was good as I've not managed to catch one yet. Until half way through when an ALMIGHTY thunderstorm broke out and the reception disappeared. So we watched the storm instead.

The next morning we got a bus up to Vang Vieng which is very nice but will go on about in the next blog as we only just got here. That and this has taken me ages to write as Ben kept distracting me ;) (there you go)

Until next time guys xxxx
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