Making our way to Laos...
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The overnight train was horrible, you felt a bit like you were on a rollercoaster :(
The train stops in Nong Khai, which is maybe 10km short of the Laos border, we then take the short train ride across the border to Thanalong... Everyone on the train is a tourist and after getting off the train, we wait for our Laos visas. We befriend a few of the nice backpackers, Nick & Craig and other, split a tuk tuk to the center of Vientiane. At first we planned to stay overnight in Vientiane but after passing through town and seeing that there was nothing worth staying here for, we decided to hire a cab straight to Vang Vieng.
First one of the other backpackers told wanted to go to 'Scandinavian Bakery' an awesome bakery in the middle of Laos. Not only was everything extremely cheap (1.5 quid for huge cinnamon roll & coffee). Everything everyone in our group ordered was delicious!
The 4 of us go to the bus station where they had a bus straight to Vang Vieng, but upon seeing the bus that would we would take, which had no aircon, and looked like it haven't been cleaned since the 1970's we decided to hire a driver to take us to Vang Vieng. We haggled the locals for a minibus to Vang Vieng and got the price down to 4 quid, with aircon! Now eventhough we were told that we were going straight to Vang Vieng, we ofcourse stopped a few streets away to pick up other people. We picked up a weird dutch girl and a local laos guy who we think was friends with the driver. The ride was pretty funny as we kept on making stops along the way, the driver stopped to pee, the driver stopped to pick up people, he even stopped to pick up an alterator for his van! haha
The drive through Laos is through the mountains, up and down the hills, there is only one road. You see alot of the Laos countryside which is breath-taking!!! You really have to experience it for yourself that is just how beautiful it is...