I shot this short video to give a feeling on how it is to travel by bus in Laos. This trip was between Vientiane and Oudomxai. Bumpy roads, lots of turns, loud VCD music, people spitting and puking all around. My trip has been very good anyway and I didn’t have any problems.
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Our wonderful Korean Hyundai bus.
A Lao village.
Typical villagers’ home.
We had lunch in this village.
The trucks raise clouds of smoke on the dusty road.
Villagers’ homes threatened by the new road.
Our bus is more comfortable.
When the new road will be completed . . . → Read More: Luang Namtha to Huay Xai some more pictures
I went from Natoey to Luang Namtha (35 km) with a minivan because I lost the local bus, and the next one was the morning after. I stayed one night in Luang Namtha, that is a provincial city but has the size of a village. There are many guesthouses and restaurants though. This time I . . . → Read More: Natoey – Luang Namtha – Huay Xai
After such a long journey from Vientiane, I decided to go to Boten without stopping for the night in Oudomxai, because it was early morning and I had a chance to be in China on the same day.
I took this minivan which covered 80 km from Oudomxai to Boten on the border in . . . → Read More: Refused entry at Chinese border!
I arrived at Vientiane Bus station at 3pm, because my bus to Oudomxai was scheduled to leave at 4pm and I was advised to come a hour ahead to find seats. At 4pm they were still loading lugguages and bicycles and refrigerators and motorbikes on the roof of the bus. At 4,45 finally the bus . . . → Read More: Vientiane (Laos) to Boten (China)
Hammer and sickle red flags are a common sight in these days in Vientiane, perhaps because of National Day, 2 December. On 2 December 1975 the Lao People’s Democratic Republic was proclamed. Here the red flag is besides the Lao flag over a grocery store.
Today I went to the northern bus station to see the timetable. There is a bus to Oudomxai leaving at 4pm and taking some 15 hours to arrive there in the north of Laos.
To my surprise I saw an international bus going straight to Kunming, China. Since after the Chinese border to Kunming . . . → Read More: Vientiane Northern Bus Station
I arrived in Vientiane with a completely random bus trip. I just went to Chiang Mai arcade bus station early in the morning and tried to catch a bus for Udonthani, but the first one was only hours later. So I went to Phitsanulok, some half way, hoping to find another bus from there. But . . . → Read More: Back to Vientiane
Small but clean toilet in Chindamay guest house, Vientiane, Laos. The room is also small but nice enough.
1 US $ Breakfast in the internet café near my guesthouse. I spent very long time in this internet café and many times I had breakfast and lunch without moving from my work corner. I liked . . . → Read More: Chindamay guest house
Vientiane is a quiet town that seems is developing fast in recent years. New shops popping up and now most of the streets are tarred. Only one year ago there was a lot more mud around.
Yet, there are striking differences between different streets. It’s amazing that the picture above and below were taken . . . → Read More: Vientiane, first impressions