We were awoken by a screaming child and very heavy rainfall. We went to Vientiene morning market - a run down half outdoor half indoor dripping (because of the rain) collection of everything from food to kitchen appliances to clothes. Alex and Seto bought Laos t-shirts for 20K (1.70 euro) then after a little more wandering it started bucketing down so we took refuge in a lovely bar restaurant where we had gorgeous food washed down by some final drinks of beer Laos - the rumours were true it wins the title of Asia's best beer. After lunch we walked down to the Mekong to look across at our destination. Then the bus adventure began. First a tuk-tuk to the Laos bus station then onto a coach to the Thai-Laos friendship bridge where we went throuhg customs on both sides and then onto the sleeper bus which would take 9 hours to Bangkok. We bought some snacks and were served some funny little biscuits by a very sweet little bus hostess.