Bus to Vientiane/Pakse
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5am start, thank god the showers were hot showers not cold ones as I remembered Laura saying as I shuffled reluctantly from my warm bed. I heard a motorcyle in the street 3 minutes before pick-up was due and panicked thinking my pick up for ths bus had been and gone, jumping into the first Jimbo passing and undoubtedly getting ripped off again. I swear the taxi drivers quote twice the price first to see if you'll go for it, yet every time I refer pricing back to The Book it seems to confirm that at least some of the drivers have scruples...
So to the first leg of my 28 hour journey to
Si Phan Don or 4000 Islands. It was not a VIP bus this time, just an air con
bus and I was sat next to one local to start with who on seeing a double seat
free scurried off to share with her friend,
leaving her tied up bag of stomach juices still in the seat pocket.
Fortunately however, I did get my promised window seat and managed to snap some sunrise shots when I was awake. The scenery really was spectacular, though hard to catch because of the roadside plants and the rapid swinging and changes in view caused by the windy road.
Back in Vientiane I jumped in a Jimbo to the
part of town I knew to grab some decent dinner before heading to the bus
It was nice to be around
more travelers again and the atmosphere was friendly, especially as there were
at least two large groups of people that were familiar with each other and all
traveling down to Pakse. At the bus station we were loaded onto a bright pink
party-style painted bus, with cerise frou-frou curtains, claiming to be the
'King of Buses'. I was dubious at the campness of this bus (should have been
'Queen of Buses') but inside it was super-comfortable with almost fully
reclining seats, leg rests and blankets.