Huay Xai -> Luang Prabang -> Vientiane -> Bangkok
07.03.2010 - 13.03.2010 28 °C
After the Gibbon Experience we stayed one more night at the B.A.P. Guesthouse. It was great to have a shower and a good sleep. We booked a VIP bus from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang which was supposed to be a 13 hour bus ride. We booked it through the guesthouse and we asked for the VIP night bus instead of the local day bus because the local bus takes way longer and makes frequent stops to pick up passengers.
Well, you could've just called the bus that we took a local bus. They crammed the bus with people. Locals were sitting in the isles on plastic stools, sitting on the toilet so you couldn't even use it, people standing and sitting in the stair ways... and the best part was there was a girl sitting on the floor beside Tyler in the isle puking. She puked 7 times! Thankfully she had a plastic bag. There was a screeching noise the whole bus ride and became worse when you went over bumps. The roads were terrible. It felt like we were off-roading in a large coach bus. We were going so slow because there were huge turns and bends in the roads, we felt like we were never going to get to Luang Prabang. Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, we heard a bursting noise and the bus came to a stop. Flat Tire! To make things even more difficult the bus had dually wheels and it was the inside tire that went flat. They had to take both tires off to be able to change the flat one and eventually we were back on the horrible bumpy, windy, noisy road.
After 18 hours of the horrible bus ride we arrived in Luang Prabang. When we look back on it now, we laugh and are glad we experienced it. We originally planned to either stay a day in Luang Pragbang or catch another bus to Vientiane (the capital of Laos). After the horrible bus ride we really didn't want to get on another bus or find the energy to look for a place to stay, we just wanted to get to Vientiane. We went to the airport to check see if we could catch a flight that was leaving that day to Vientiane. There was and it was only 40 minutes long! We took the flight and got there in know time - way better than the bus ride.
When we arrived in Vientiane we didn't have a place booked so we walked around looking for one. We found a nice hotel that we stayed there for 2 nights. During our time in Vientiane we had dinner at a local soup kitchen which was really neat, went bowling and walked around the center.
We found it to be a lot more expensive then other places and we were eager to get back to Thailand!
This time when booking a bus to Bangkok we made sure that we got a proper VIP bus that had only 24 seats which were larger. We also got blankets and food. It was definitely better than the other bus ride, we actually were able to sleep!
We arrived in Bangkok around 5:30am and heading to the apartment building that we already had booked. That evening Pat (Tyler's Mom) was arriving. We went to the IMAX theater at night and watched Alice in Wonderland in 3D before we headed to the airport to meet Pat. She arrived safe and sound with no complications.
Yesterday we walked around Bangkok and got a Thai massage! Today we have to check out and are heading to the town where the floating market is. We hope to stay there for one night and then go to the floating market in the morning before all the tourists come. We will keep you posted on our next adventure.
PS sorry for no pictures in the blog. There wasn't much to capture haha