Well, after sleeping under a cold weather and nice wooden hut my energy level was filled up and ready for the second leg to Luang Prabang. I got out of my soft bed a bit early in the morning to taking photographs of this small village before leaving to Luang Prabang. I will definitely show you more for Vang Vieng’s photos soon.
I managed to get minivan tickets for my fellow journey and myself . It is very convenient as mostly we can buy a ticket at the guesthouses. I paid 125,000 kip for each and the price already included a car pick-up from the guesthouse to a bus station. After we had a breakfast at a small restaurant of the guesthouse, a minibus picked up two of us at 09:00am, drove to a few locations to take other tourists and then sent us off at the bus station which is located 2 km away from the town center.
There are actually two types of bus service between Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang; a VIP Bus and a Minibus. I chose the minibus service; well it in fact should be called a van as it really is, because it is a bit faster than the VIP Bus as I did research on an internet. Re the VIP Bus, please do not imagine it will looks like the VIP Bus I took from Bangkok in the part I. It’s completely upside down different. I did not take its photo but I would like you to think about an old bus 35-40 seats with very old air-conditioned service and probably rarely turned on!
Highway 13 is a road connects Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Overall route leads you to the mountainous topography. It is also windy, bumpy and lots of sharp curves. Nevertheless, if you were not suffering from getting dizzy or throw up, there are plenty beautiful and pleasurable sceneries let you joyful along to the road. The minivan left the bus station at 0930 am. During the ride, a van driver stopped at a few villages to let all passengers get some straight.
Sitting in a small van particularly it was running on the bumpy and curve road, there did not have much activity I can do. I was like having a broken sleep along the way since we departed the station. However, after a few hours on the road and while the van was running uphill,…Glang!! Pleng!!… the sound that no one expected suddenly happened. The driver can not stop the car right away as we were in the middle of S-curve. He was forced to slow down the speed and pulled over at the road shoulder where the vehicle can safely park, though. It was a backup tire fell off the car because its screw bolt was loose. The driver spent 5-10 minutes to fix it. Then we continued the ride and made a bit long break at one village for lunch.
The village, sorry that I can’t remember its name, seemed to be a main bus stop since every bus service from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang either the van or the VIP bus stopped here. I chose to have a big bowl of chicken Phoe noodle. The temperature was around 21-22C at that time, a hot dish was a good choice to have. The wheels were moved again after 45-50 minutes for lunch break. From this stop we were reached to downhill path but still remained in many sharp curves anyway.
We finally arrived to Luang Prabang around 1600 pm. It took us about 6 ½ hours for the approximately 230 km trip from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. It was pretty good time consumed, at least less than I expected and I survived without a vomit!!