Part 4. ( Arriving in Laos)
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In certain situations I really prefer night buses. You save money for the accomodation, save valuable time if the trip takes long and you get forward while you sleep. If you are able to fall asleep of course. This is something I’ve learned and got trained on lots of previous trips. Pavel makes sometimes fun of me that I’m able to fall asleep in every ocasion if I want to and that I could oversleep an earthquake ( probably he’s right, hehe). If there will be ever an armageddon and the end of world, wake me up when it’s over, hahaha.
Back to the trip, as I mentioned before in certain situations I really prefer night buses.
It was early morning when we were suddenly approaching the Mekong river and the border to Laos.
It took Christine about half an hour to get the visa and then she joined us into the queue for the passport control. Segej passed first, Pavel second and then me. Behind the Lao passport control there was another desk where they were charging another 20 baht for some ridiculous reason I don’t remember anymore. Probably because we were breathing their air or something. Sergej was already behind the desk and he was giving me secret signs to just pass by the other side while a tourist in front of me was paying. The Lao officer couldn’t see me this way. I hesitated a second, but then did what Sergej suggested. Not because 20 baht was much, just because I don’t like it when states are trying to rip off people.
From here a Lao bus took us the missing 22km to Vientiane, the Lao capital.
Mit offered to pick us up but we had already almost an hour delay. And there seemed to be another problem. My cellphone seemed not to get a signal in Laos. Damned...I needed to message Mit where we got off the bus as this place in Vientiane obviously wasn’t the usual arrival point. Finally I got a signal from a Thai provider and sent my friend quickly a message hoping it would arrive. About 20 minutes later I heard somebody saying my name behind my back. There he was, my friend Mit. We haven’t seen for 3 years since I left Tsukuba as my exchange semester in Japan was finished. We graeted each other and I introduced him the others.
We planned to take a bus directly to Vang Vieng in the afternoon.
Around 3 hours later we suddenly reached Vang Vieng, it was getting dark already. We chose already in the bus an accommodation in the Lonely Planet guidebook, we just had to find it. The only problem…we were 3 guys and 1 girl. I noticed that Christine has been talking in the bus with her neighbour, a blond girl, so I suggested her to ask her (her name was Sherry as we soon found out) if they could take a room together. She agreed and soon we were 5 walking around and searching for the particular hostel. Christine had no real orientation sense so she left everything on us. And she did well, couple of minutes later we were checking in. Really nice rooms, me, Pavel and Sergej were supposed to pay together some 7 USD for the night. Welcome to Laos , haha. The rest of the evening was calm, we just went to have some dinner and afterwards for a walk.