A Hairy Ride to Luang Prabang

Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
Trip End Mar 16, 2011

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Phonthida Guest House

Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Louangphabang,
Sunday, April 25, 2010

25 APRIL 2010 - We had breakfast at the Kangaroo Sunset Restaurant in Vang Vieng, a “handsome” Aussie restaurant where we both had omelettes with half a baguette each.  We head back to the resort and our tuk tuk driver takes us to the bus station with a bunch of other fellow travellers.  
We get the the bus station and were due to leave 10am but didn’t leave till 10.30am, you sort of expect that will happen after you have been travelling for a while. Our bus was absolutely “handsome, it had frilly blue, purple, yellow and white pattern curtains with tassels hanging at the front of the bus.  The “VIP” bus was rather old and the air-conditioning worked for about 5 minutes.  The rest of the trip was spent with windows open and wind in my face to cool us down.  We drive thru heaps of very poor provinces, houses made out of straw and wood and a lot of them on stilts hanging on the side of the mountain.  The entire trip of 6.5 hrs was through windy roads and mountainous terrain.  Most of the scenery was just gorgeous.  The only thing was our bus driver was driving like the clappers for the whole time 6.5 hrs and it was just a bit scary.  We would go around curves at only one speed “full on” and at times Mary thought I could kiss the ground and felt like I was on the cha cha ride and going around every curve I would get squashed up against the window.  The entire trip we only saw one very small safety rail on the road so there were times when we were close to the edge.  Mary just wishes she could just sleep on buses so I wouldn’t see anything but I don’t so I check out the scenery and count the hours down.  

About 3 hrs into the bus trip we hear this noise “shhhhhhhhhhh” and thought oh great we have a flat tyre.  We all get off the bus and yep its a flat alright.  We spent 1/2 hr on the side of the road watching the guys change the tyre and admired the scenery.  It was very hot day and we were happy to finally get back on the road again.  The tyres do an incredible job of actually getting people to and from their destination considering the tyres were smooth as babies bums and this is called the VIP bus.  As we drove through more provinces we watched how they live, some cooking, washing, eating, sleeping, little naked bodies showering themselves under wells, ladies breastfeeding bubs, kids playing, chooks chasing each other, dogs being dogs, women sewing and chatting in groups, kids pushing each other in a hammock, kids playing and been kids, men chopping trees, wood and sitting around not doing much else, pigs and kittens, cows, buffalos all roaming the streets BUT just about every home has a satellite dish. For some unknown logical reason when we drove through a village the bus driver decided to go faster. We just want to get off the bus.   









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