Hanoi to Vientiane - Not a Death Bus, but they sure tried
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August 14th, 2008 – by: Zymosis
Once we were actually in Laos the bus ride got a whole lot more exciting. The first couple hours were spent on a twisting, incredibly scenic road - until one of the tires exploded. I wonder how often this happens, because the drivers had the tire changed in less than half an hour. With the tire changed, we were back on the road...
...Until the road disappeared under water. Of the final four hours of the journey, literally half (maybe more) was spent driving through flooded rivers. The depths probably ranged from 1 - 4 feet, and the currents ranged from still to scary. We didn't feel any better when we saw our bus's twin at an awkward angle beside the "road," half submerged under water. That could have been us!
We finally arrived in Vientiane, 23 hours after leaving Hanoi.
I ended up splitting a room with Swiss Livia and Canadian Brock, and Livia and I bought tickets to head to Vang Vieng the following day. After an amazing dinner over the river we crashed for the night.
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