Anyway, so i took a 24 hour bus ride from Hanoi, Vietnam, to Vientiane, Laos. Both capital cities. It was the single worst bus experience of my life, and i've had tons. Want to hear about it? Click here. NOTE: i'm not lumping trains, boats and busses together because i've had a train ride that was way worse than that, and i've also had a boat ride that was about equal.
Arriving in Laos was a culture shock. After being in Vietnam, where everyone tries to sell you things, it was nice to be in a place where nobody cares that you're there. I actually had to look around for a place to stay. It was. . . . . . . . nice. very pleasant actually. For you history buffs. Vientiane became the capital in 1975 after the communist takeover. Just an FYI. After leaving the capital, i took a minibus up north, to the old capital, Luang Prabang. It was really nice. The market was super cool. Lot's of crafts. There, i hiked up to some caves, walked around, and just generally had a good time. I met some cool people, but i don't remember them. One thing that struck me was walking past some of the shops and watching the other foreigners watching Friends on tv. Not to get self righteous, bu
t i'm going to. Why would you travel all the way around the world to watch Friends? I don't know the answer.
When i was finished with Luang Prabang, i jumped on a slow boat up the Mekong. It was really really slow. It took two days. Ug. They had fast boats, but they were supposedly really dangerous so i opted out. If i could go back, i would have taken the fast boat and risked it. The slow boat was. . . . . . . . loud. Really loud. All the time.
Anyway, partway through the journey, we stopped at a city along the river for the night. I remember laying in bed, listening to the conversation of the people on the other side of the wall. It consisted of this nepalese kid hitting on this japanese girl. It was a really awkward conversation and i felt awkward for the dude. After he left, i chatted with the japanese girl through the wall for a bit, teasing her about the event that just unfurled. I drifted off, and never saw or spoke to her again. Interesting how life is.
We finally arrived at the thai border. I crossed quickly, excited to meet up with my friends in a couple days. That is until i found out they weren't going to be in thailand till Christmas. Sad day, but Laos was fun, and i was sure that thailand would be fun, with or without my friends.
And now for something negative/offensive, click here.
don't worry, it's not offensive in the way you think. if you're not willing to watch the whole thing, i'd be more than happy to give you an overview. Just ask. :)