Laos Capital

Trip Start Jun 06, 2005
Trip End Dec 23, 2005

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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Arrived into Vientaine from Vang Vieng yesterday.The journey in itself was a laugh. I had paid for the VIP bus from Vang Vieng to Vientaine, at 1pm.I arrived early to the bus station (if that's what you'd call it, it's an old air-strip!!). There was a local bus leaving at the time I arrived, and the guy was calling me to get on, that it was a Vientaine bus. So, on I get. We're travelling alone for a while, when the conductor asks me for my ticket - which I immediately produced. The fact that my ticket was pink and everyone else's was white, caused total confusion. The white tickets were $2, and I had paid $4. The conductor demanded another $2 from me - which I kindly told him, there wasn't a hope in hell I was paying anymore. Suddenly the bus started to slow down - now I was sure I was being thrown off the bus, bags and all. But, alas, we were picking up some local with a few chickens to be transported to the capital city. I was happy to see the local get on, as it distracted the conductor, and somehow he forgot about me for the rest of the trip.When I got off the bus, who would I hear talking but 3 kerry women - is there any escaping the Kingdom! Anyway, we (all 4 of us) head off for food and a hotel - which we find very quickly.
Sept 23th - Today, I walk around the capital. Very hot weather, spend the time running between trees, trying to stay cool. Oh the joys of travelling :-)
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