Monday, 10 February 2014

Luang Prabang to Vientiane – Again

There was a black-out for most of the day around town, so our last day in Luang Prabang was spent lazing by the riverside with a Beer Laos or two whilst enjoying watching the locals and tourists alike. As evening came we had a final explore of the markets followed by our last market dinner before heading to the bus station for our overnight bus to Vientiane. We’d learnt from our last trip and this time we’d booked early and made sure that we were on a proper sleeper bus. It was the first time that we actually had no seats on the bus – just bed compartments, which was actually a great idea. They were comparatively quite comfy to seats, even when they do recline, however just a bit short for Dave to fully stretch out, but compared to our last attempt at this trip we weren’t complaining! 

Our trip beds meant that when we arrived in the morning on the outskirts of town we weren’t in too bad shape which was nice for a change on overnight transport. We ended up sharing a taxi ride to town with two Brits we’d met at breakfast the day before as surprisingly the cost of the taxi was the same as a tuk tuk. We’d reserved online the same place that we’d stayed at the last time so not only did we arrive somewhat lucid but we also didn’t need to hunt for a room – another nice change. 

Even though our reservation had gone through in time it was still too early for our room to be ready so we dropped our bags and went out for a strong coffee (that was still needed!) and a nice breakfast. We had to buy some more antibiotics as Sarah was developing another ear infection, hopefully nothing serious, before going back to the Embassy and collecting Sarah’s brand new passport – shiny and lots of room for more visas!

After an afternoon nap we wandered around town and up and down the river before exploring some back streets for dinner. We finally found a decent pad thai (the last few had been less than authentic…) and green tea ice cream for dessert – we followed the advice to follow the locals… hasn’t steered us wrong yet!

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