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.
The bus was right on time!
And it was awesome!
I had never been on a sleeper bus, I was picturing that bus from one of the Harry Potter movies, remember??
Do you think I was close?!? 😉
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 NEAR 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 🙂
- 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, the bus is constantly turning and at times we drove over dirt roads, so it was quite bumpy.
Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette