(Day 288 to 290)
05.09.2010 - 07.09.2010 37 °C
Our bus to Vientiane was probably the strangest so far on this trip, full to burst with tubers still sporting their drunken spray-paint designs, a Japanese male tourist wearing a floral skirt, a British one wearing nothing but his boxer shorts and of course, a hooting-crazy driver and the aircon broke about an hour after departure. The aircon situation is pretty standard and you almost expect the sauna to start! Generally transport has not been the best feature in Laos, whether boat or bus, but it is the sort of thing you simply can’t get annoyed with as they are trying their best (plus it’s pointless).
So after melting away for hours in the bus we finally made it to the Laotian capital city…which was fairly boring to be honest! After having an admin day (laundry, emails, blog etc), we spent the next one visiting a couple of museums and temples, with Martin skilfully leading us around on the ever-present moped.
The one highlight of our stay was a fabulous dinner at a French restaurant where Martin and our devoured a steak-frites followed by a chocolate mousse to-die-for! It seems pretty simple but to us it was the most delicious treat, so used to budget food we have become. That’s not to say that the food here isn’t good, we had some tasty local meals in our time here too: Làp salad (minced meat with shallots, garlic, chilli, aubergines and fish sauce), Orlam (a stew with veggies, thai basil, meat of choice) and various curries called Suzie and Garrie!
We were ready to leave by the second night when we boarded our night-bus to the 4000 islands, via Pakse.