Off the tourist track

Savannakhet Travel Blog

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Gradually the buses we travel on are getting worse.  Whilst in Vientiane we tried to book seats on a VIP bus to Savannakhet - but nobody seemed to do them.  Instead we got up at 5.30am today and got in a tuk tuk to the bus station.  As we drove into the bus station we were directed out of it and told to stand and wait on the pavement.  Shortly afterwards a bus came and pulled up near to us.  We along with about 20 Lao people boarded the bus.  At the same time were about 6 venders walking up and down the bus selling everything from baguettes to dried buffalo meat.  It was far too early for us and anyway we had our trusty bag of crisps to last the day with!  We eventually set off, and were the only westerners on the bus.  About 40 minutes later we stopped again to let some more vendors on selling things we couldn't even begin to describe.  About 30 minutes after this we had our first toilet stop - next to some bushy trees.  We weren't looking forward to this 8 hour bus journey!  Once we got on our way it wasn't too bad really, having no air con meant it got quite hot and the cheesy Lao pop songs blaring out at full blast weren't great, but we survived.

We arrived in Savannakhet at about 3.00pm, jumped in a tuk tuk and checked into our cheapest accomodation so far.  A room with hot water, air con, fridge and tv for 4 pounds!  Having a wander around town later on we struggled to spot any other westerners.  We thought here would have a  few being one of the main routes into Vietnam but so far we have just seen one guy.

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