Jamie and I slept in and checked out of our hostel at noon and then grabbed a quick bite to eat. We had nearly 4 hours to kill before leaving for the bus station.
We finally caught a cab to the new bus station. It apparently had just opened that day and people were everywhere trying to figure out where to go. We figured it out and caught the bus just in time. The sleeper bus was divided into 3 equal sections of beds. Jamie and I were beside one another in our narrow little beds. Cheapest way to get into Laos. We had time to spare and settled in for our 25 hour bus ride.
The evening was pretty simple just lying on our little beds. The bus stopped MANY times to let people on and off. Apparently, the bus drivers (there were 3 who rotated) would pick up random people if they had room on the bus for some extra money. At one point, we stopped for 3 hours. Not sure why.
Morning came and we still hadn’t reached the China/Laos border. About 10:00 am, we finally reached the border. It was simple enough. The Chinese border building was brand new, rather large, and very nice. 200 meters down the road, we entered the border for Laos which was literally a one room little shack where you overpriced you for a visa. We paid nonetheless and continued our bus ride into Laos.
The roads in China were nice and paved and pretty straight. Once you hit Laos, the roads became sometimes gravel, sometimes dirt, and very very curvy. Luckily, we had stocked up on some Dramamine and were good to go.
At exactly 24.5 hours, we rolled into Luang Prabang. We found a tuk tuk driver to take us to our guesthouse. LP is a charming little city from what we have seen. We ate dinner at a great place right on the river tonight and look forward to our “warm” stay here in Laos before heading to Bangkok in a 7 days.