Wide Awake: My overnight bus to Vientiane, Laos

Β Saturday, May 16, 2015

I did nothing all day.

And it was amazing.

OK, well I did do the normal stuff like wake up, eat breakfast, checkout, find a coffee shop, apply for Myanmar Visa, edit photos, etc..

But, absolutely no sightseeing. My lack of motivation stemmed from:

1.) I’d done everything I really wanted/could do in Laung Prabang.

2.) My body was TIRED.

Check out was at 11 am and my bus was at 8 pm, so I had 9 hours to kill. I didn’t think it was appropriate to set up shop in one coffee shop for that long, so I split my time between JOMA and Indigo Cafe. I liked JOMA because it had air-conditioning, but the wifi and food I thought was better at Indigo.

Eventually, I got bored, and luckily it was time to head to the bus stop. I did some major haggling (I’m pretty sure the guy was impressed) and got a great price for the ride to the Southern Bus Station. Per usual, I was excessively early, but I had some books to read and some good piano music to listen to, so no big deal.


Overnight Bus to Vientiane


The bus was right on time!

And it was awesome!


Overnight Bus to Vientiane


I had never been on a sleeper bus, I was picturing that bus from one of the Harry Potter movies, remember??


Harry Potter Bus


Do you think I was close?!? πŸ˜‰

Check out the pics!



They even had some food! (iPhone pics, with the tight quarters I started feeling awkward with my GIANT camera)



Guess I didn’t need a seatbelt…



Literally, 30 minutes into the ride and everyone passed out. That is, everyone BUT me. It wasn’t that I wasn’t comfortable, I mean it wasn’t a King size bed, but it wasn’t unbearable. I just could NOT shut my eyes, it was a repeat of my flight to Dubai.

During the ride, I finished both my books, and I was able to watch our impressive bus driver handle the difficult roads between Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Towards the last couple hours (10 hour trip) I think I got some sleep, but definitely not much.

When you arrive in Vientiane (~5am) the bus drops you off NO WHERE NEARΒ the center of town, so you need to get a tuk tuk. Since I knew this was going to happen, I knew what I wanted to pay, and the guy accepted my offer (20,000 kip). Some of the other people though, seemed a little lost. I think it is great that some people don’t pre-book their hostels and enjoy the spontaneity of traveling, but at least have an idea of where you want to go, it makes the whole communication thing go A LOT easier.

20 minutes later and I was dropped off at my hostel!


A lot people will caution you about the ride, but it was totally fine (minus me not being able to sleep). My recommendations:

  • Wear pants (it gets cold, and the one blanket is not enough for your whole body)
  • Charge everything! It is a lonnnnnggg ride πŸ™‚
  • Have an idea of where you want to go when you get to the bus stop in Vientiane.
  • If you get motion sickness be prepared,Β the bus is constantly turning and at times we drove over dirt roads, so it was quite bumpy.


Happy traveling!


Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette





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Wide Awake: My overnight bus to Vientiane, Laos
The overnight sleeper bus from Luang Prabang to Vientiane.

2 thoughts on “Wide Awake: My overnight bus to Vientiane, Laos

    • Hi! I don’t remember the exact name of the place but it was between Indigo House and my favorite dinner spot (I mention it in this post http://www.wanderingpipette.com/beautiful-but-tiny-walking-tour-of-luang-prabang/) which was a few doors down from Indigo House. If you are walking on Sisavangvong Road with Indigo House on your left and you start to see craft stores then you have gone to far.

      If you can’t find the exact spot I am talking about, any of the tourism offices on the main road will offer you about the same price.

      Good luck and thanks for reading!

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