A whole day of travel on our way to Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Travel Blog

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Well today started off ok with the three of us being up for 9am and managing to catch a 9:30am bus to Huay Xai which is the first town on the Laos side of the Mekong River. It was around a 3 hour bus ride to the Thailand border and then a quick boat ride across the Mekong into Laos. Once we got our visa for Laos we mad our way up to the main road where we had planned to catch a tuk-tuk to the bus station to get to Luang Prabang. For some reason the tuk-tuk drivers were telling us that there weren’t anymore buses today and that we’d have to wait until the morning for the next one. Luckily for us though we didn’t believe any of them and kept asking around until we finally found a tuk-tuk driver that promised that there’d be a bus leaving at 1:30pm which gave us only 20 minutes to get to the bus station and get on the bus. It took us a good 15 minutes or so to get there so we quickly rushed and got tickets and jumped on the bus. We hadn’t eaten at this point either since we didn’t have time in the morning and the bus station only had drinks soo we weren’t able to get any food at all which sucked cus we were all pretty hungry. Going by Natasha and Lawrence’s guidebook it says that the bus ride to Luang Prabang was only going to be about 4 hours so we weren’t too worried about food and figured we’d stop somewhere on the way and get food. Unfortunately their guide is slightly wrong and shortly after leaving the bus station found out that it was going to be a 14 hour bus ride to the city! None of us ere prepared for that long of a bus ride and there was a good hour or so of silence as we let this shocking info sink in. The first 7 hours were half decent as the road was well paved and the scenery was quite nice to look at but after that the road turned to absolute crap and I think we might have hit a maximum of 40km/h in the last 7 hours of the trip. To make things worse I wasn’t able to get any actual food the whole trip as we didn’t stop at any restaurants along the way other than a few convenience stores where we could only get cookies and chips. I couldn’t even get chips or cookies until 12am cus I didn’t have any Kip(Lao currency) and didn’t have any baht left over from Thailand. As you could probably assume, we weren’t in the greatest of moods throughout most of the trip and it just seemed to compound as the night went on. See next day for the rest of the bus ride.

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