Day 27 - VIP bus to Vientienne Laos
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This morning was an early start for us (not like the last few days) as we had to catch the VIP bus to Vientienne at 8am. Our tuk-tuk driver was to pick us up at 7.10 to bring us to the southern bus station so it was an early 6am start to get showered and packed.
Phil and Caroline were also heading to Vientienne today so we all ended up in the 1 tuk-tuk and bus together. On arriving at the bus station the VIP bus didn't look any better than any of the others, ok a little better maybe but it was supposed to be the fastest of the buses.
We left dead on time which was strange by
I was so impressed at the scenery as we passed. Some huge mountain peaks sticking up out of the valleys of cloud. It reminded me a bit of the Lord Of the Rings movies. Breathtaking!
We stopped several times along the way for toilet breaks and to
stretch our legs and we stopped about 4 hours into the journey for lunch. The
VIP bus supplied you with lunch, a bottle of drinking water and a kind of cake
bar as a snack as part of the ticket.
From there on it was much flatter land, still twisty but without
the hills. At 6.20 we pulled into the bus station in Vientienne, about 20
minutes later than schedule, again an impressive feat in
As it was our last night together as a group we headed out for dinner along the banks of the Meekong, we had a few drinks as well and were joined by another travel friend of Phil and Caroline's who was from Holland. It was also her birthday and she was celebrating it alone so we all had a few more drinks together before heading back to the guesthouse and to bed!