Laos – The Greyhound is No Worse than Communism

That was a hell of a bus ride. I realize this is my second post about buses but my bus rides haven’t been this bad since the US. At least in Laos, the food was cheap, healthy and delicious. The internet was also surprisingly fast. I feel out of it right now.
James has a migraine and I have work to do โ€“ a blog about real estate in a red part part of the country โ€“ before I go out and feast on my first bowl of Pho in what looks to be one of the many amazing cities in Vietnam: Hue. I’m also running on three hours of sleep, down from my regular nine. Digital nomads are rulers of their world except when communism is involved and leaves you no choice but to take that one bus and overcharge you for it. It could be worse, it could be The Greyhound.
Can you believe it? They called this bus the VIP even though lacked air-conditioner. Crossing the border from Savannakhet to Huey was a miserable 9-hour ride. One passenger saved the day. He brought his puppy onboard! What a coincidence. It’s national Pet Day and I got my fix.
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The Beeper Bus

The “sleeper” bus from Vientiane to Savanaket was a joke. The driver honked all night even though there was barely any traffic on the road. It should be called the Beeper Bus. Or the Honkey Bus, whichever is funnier.

This ride reminded me of the sleeper bus I took in Vietnam 10 years ago: it was from Ho Chi Minh to Dalat. The driver honked all night and I made the same joke. Since Laos and Vietnam border eachother, I wonder who got it from who. I’ll blame the Vietnamese because they’re the bigger country.ย ย I have tons of respect for the Vietnamese. They’ve fought off the French, the Americans, the Chinese (just to name a few). Nobody messes with Nam! But back to this Beeper Bus, or the Honkey Tonk. Otra! Otra!

First, I didn’t know that there would be actual beds on this bus, I thought it would be one of those seats that recline to 170 degrees and make your knees say, “Why bother?” and “And f**k you!” At 3 am in the morning.

But there were beds! I was assigned to seat B8. James was assigned B9. I saw a B8, but no B9. It turns out that we had to share the top bunk.

I winced, what if someone took this bus by themselves? Then what?

Would he or she have to sleep next to a stranger? Can anyone answer this? Not enough people speak English here for me to attempt an investigation.

On to positive endeavors. Food. The next time you have it, if it’s not Thai and if it doesn’t feel like Vietnamese and you’re somewhere in Southeast Asia and it’s damn delightful to your five senses then it’s probably Laotian.

 

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The "sleeper" bus from Vientiane to Savanaket was a joke. The driver honked all night even though there was barely any traffic on the road. It should be called the Beeper Bus. Or the Honkey Bus, whichever sounds funnier. . . ๐Ÿ“ข ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ’“ This ride reminded me of the sleeper bus I took in Vietnam 10 years ago; it was from Ho Chi Minh to Danang. The driver honked all night and I made the same joke. Since Laos and Vietnam border eachother, I wonder who got it from who. I'll blame the Vietnamese because they're the bigger country. . ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‘Š I have tons of respect for the Vietnamese. They've fought off the French, the Americans, the Chinese (just to name a few). Nobody messes with Nam! But back to this Beeper Bus, or the Honkey Tonk. โœจ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ› First, I didn't know that there would be actual beds on this bus, I thought it would be one of those seats that recline to 170 degrees and make your knees say, "Why bother?" and "And f**k you!" At 3 am in the morning. ๐Ÿ‘ But there were beds on this bus! I was assigned seat B8. James was assigned B9. I saw a B8, but no B9. It turns out that we had to share the top bunk. . ๐Ÿ˜ณ . "What if someone took this bus by themselves?" . โ˜ฎ๏ธ Then what? Would he or she have to sleep next to a stranger? Can anyone answer this? Not enough people speak enough English for me to attempt an investigation here. ๐Ÿฒ . On to positive endeavors! If it's not Thai food and if it doesn't feel like Vietnamese food… You happen to be somewhere in Southeast Asia and the food looks damn delightful to your 5 senses then it's probably Laotian food. I'm a 30 year old woman and my relationship to food borders on infatuation. Thank you Asia. ๐Ÿ™

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Hello Laos

Laos is tranquil, beautiful and hot! While it is more expensive than Thailand, the food is delicious. Spent a few days in Vientiane (spent half that time in Skype calls and working) and now it’s time to move on!ย ย โค The things that I liked was the influence of the French and how the monks add a splash of color to any scene. What still bugs me is the currency (it’s 8,000 kip to the dollar) and the subpar internet connection at our place but we found a coffee shop that had better connection. They’re open from 9am to 6pm. Closed on Sundays.