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Luang Prabang ‘YIP’ bus still sucks

Riding the Vientiane to Luang Prabang 'VIP' bus still sucks, but the view remains stunning and Lao food rocks the ride. and the hands upon the wheel…

Breath taking scenery awaits those without vertigo


When travelling overland this fork gets very hungry.

And maybe a wee grumpy.

So riding the Vientiane-Luang Prabang ‘VIP’ bus for 11 hours was a challenge, and I should have known better.

‘Basic air-con coach’ (US$18) would have been a far more accurate description of the ride, Hobbit-sized rolling outhouse included.

However, the Luang Prabang roadhouse experience reminded me why it was worth it.

Personal highlight was the nosebleed pate sandwich starting from 10,000 kip (US$1.50), only twice the cost of using the toilet.

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Laos’ most ubiquitous travel food

I choose to travel overland again to remember Claude Vincent, who took me same way just months before this happened.

Our nerves-of-steel VIP coach driver took the same older high elevation, narrow two-lane track one rather than the newer ‘bypass’ route.

The tarmac might have been paved and some of the pot holes fixed, but it still felt like a good kidney punch to me.

It remains a twisty, challenging high-altitude pas de deux between mountain and machine that takes your breath away.

And the state-owed Lao travel agents that lie about the ‘VIP’ bus (made in China 20 years ago) and quality travel experience are greedy pricks.

So that made  the one-way journey more than enough. This fork flew back to Vientiane in under an hour.

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Think twice before travelling from Vientiane to Luang Prabang on the so-called ‘VIP’ bus. It still sucks big time, even if the view remains stunning and Lao food at bus stops rock the ride.

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