From Vang Vieng me and the friends I had been with decided to do the long journey down to Southern Laos to the 4000 islands. We decided to miss out the capital Vientiane but had heard there wasn’t much there and they were all on a bit of a tight time frame.
We got picked up at 13.00 and taken a short distance to the bus station to get on a ‘VIP’ bus to take us to Vientiane. I really don’t know what is VIP about these buses apart from the green leather seats and frilly curtains but the journey wasn’t too bad and we arrived at 18.00, after waiting 90 minutes at the bus station and getting some noodles we got on our sleeper bus which had pictures of Winnie the poo on the side which was very random!
I’d never been on a sleeper bus like this as it actually had beds rather than seats, the only downside being that the beds were for 2 people to share and were fairly small and because there was an odd number of us travelling together I shared with a girl we had just started talking to as we were waiting..Spooning a stranger is just how travelling ends up sometimes lol.
It wasn’t that comfy to just sit up so we went to sleep fairly early although it’s fair to say it wasn’t a great nights sleep, I got up to go to the toilet at one point and the sight I saw from the front of the bus while trying to get down the stairs without falling was pretty scary.. it was tipping it down with rain and I realised just how fast we were travelling down a pretty bumpy road. You really have your full trust in these drivers!
We then got to Pakse station at about 7.00am and after a toilet stop got on another bus until 11.00 but this time we got our own seats and I passed out for most of it.
Then we arrived at the pier of the mainland where we got a 10 minute long tail boat over to Don Det which is the island we were staying on and found accommodation.
At 23 hours this may have been one of my longest journeys yet but it definitely helps when you have friends around you to just laugh with and pass the time!