No Sleep on the Sleeper

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Khouèng Viangchan,
Friday, December 7, 2012

I'm starting to get a bit better. Slightly less anxious. I mean, everything that could possibly go wrong HAS already gone wrong on our days of travel and we've still always made it where we were going. So I wasn't so very worried when we were told to wait for our pick up at 3:30 and it
didn't come until 4:30/5:00. Had a great chat and played with some kids as well as watch the cows come home while we waited. I was a little concerned about missing our connection in Pakse that was due to leave at 7pm knowing it was at least a 3 hr bus ride. But no one else seemed concerned, so why should I?

Waiting with 2 other girls for the bus when it finally pulled up – packed to the hilt! I knew this because people actually fell out onto the road when the bus opened it's doors! A big sleeper with 2 doors to get on. The other girls went to the front while Brian and I went to the back. Not even enough room to get up the stairs, the bus boy kinda shoved us so the doors could shut.

People were everywhere! As a sleeper, it only had beds – no real seats. 3 rows of beds double high like bunk-beds with 2 isles down the bus.  There were several people on each bed as well as people crammed in the isles. Trying to the far isle where there seemed a bit more space, we clambered over a woman on the floor. I wasn't sure if I could bear standing on a rocking bus with barely any room to move for 3 hours!

Eventually, the bus-boy came by asking for tickets and did a bit of re-arranging. I guess since we were going the full route and had booked a sleeper passage we got priority. A woman and her child got booted from one bed so that Brian had a place to stay. A monk was kicked out of a bed for me! We both felt pretty badly as the bus was waaay over crowded and everyone was uncomfortable.

Finally, after several stops and several hours, it was widdled down to just the few of us going overnight to Vientiane. We all cuddled up in our 101 Dalmatians comforters and rested. Quite a bit more comfortable than the mattress I'm on right now! If it wasn't for the constant rocking
that made me feel like I was going to fly off the top bunk!

Since arriving in Vientiane, I have seen that some companies are refusing to sell bus tickets because the Laos buses are consistently overbooked and people are not getting the passage that they've paid for. They may not sell the tickets, but aren't offering any alternatives...I tend to think it's part of the adventure travelling in Asia, but I do hope that not EVERY bus in the future will be quite so full!

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jaymyson on

Give me a pound of blue cheeze and I could make a ton of room on the bus....wait I guess you guys would jump out too! I guess that won't work

2totango on

thank goodness there was no one quite like you on our bus that night!!!

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