Arawan Riverside Hotel

Salakiew St, Phonesavanh Village, Pakse, Laos
Arawan Riverside Hotel
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VIP bus from Vientiane - Pakse?

by jettelarsen

Does anyone have recent experience with the VIP bus from Vientiane to Pakse?
Are there any overnight runs and would it be possible to catch some sleep?

How was it on a scale from 1-10 where 1 is "My kindneys was shaken loose, still ...sing blood and 10 "A treat, I slept like a baby"

Re: VIP bus from Vientiane - Pakse?

by Ianchen

My experience is not that recent, it's a couple of month old - but there it was almost impossible to get any sleep since they were blasting thai karaoke all night long. Full volume. Some busses even have disco lights installed ;) - so it depends on how tough you are whether you can get any sleep or not.
They also have that sleeper busses with real beds on it - that's not what you were talking about, right? I don't have any experience with those.

Re: VIP bus from Vientiane - Pakse?

by jettelarsen

thank you! I didn't know that there were sleeper buses with beds and all.. Guess they're not so likely to have disco lights..

Anybody have experience with the sleeper buses?

Re: VIP bus from Vientiane - Pakse?

by betska


Re: VIP bus from Vientiane - Pakse?

by seagypsy

I've used both the overnight VIP Bus with reclining seats and more recently, last month, the VIP sleeper bus. The catch of the overnight sleeper bus is that the VIP bus company we used did NOT tell us that it slept 2 to a bunk. Makes for a somewhat interesting bunk assignment with a fair amount of switching around the bunks since some local women were travelling alone and it's a major no-no in Laos for young women to be sleeping with men they don't know. But other than arriving at Thakek at 1AM in the morning, the ride was quite comfortable and I was able to get a fairly decent night's sleep. the bunk was relatively clean but cramped for 2 people.

If you're travelling alone, then the recling VIP bus is probably the better option for a female. I've used it some years back and managed a decent sleep as well. But much depends on your sleep patterns and how adaptable you are.

Just a word of advice with regards to buying your bus ticket--it's best to shop around a bit because in Vientiane, quite a number of the guesthouses and hotels and travel agencies really overcharge for the bus fare, some overcharging as much as 50%.

Re: VIP bus from Vientiane - Pakse?

by kieryn

10 - valium

Travel Tips for Pakse

The Plains along the Mighty Mekong

by DSwede

Pakse is the closest large neighbor in the south to Don Khong (Si Phan Don).

Having been initiated in 1905 as a French outpost, Pakse has grown more in the recent years that it had in the entire past decade. This is mostly due to the 2002 opening of the bridge over the Mekong, which allows a trade conduit with Thailand (even through the Thai border is a few kilometers past the bridge).

It is also a major starting point for further explorations of the Bolaven Plateau!

Feel free to visit my Laos page for more details on my extended holiday here.

(for more pictures, feel free to visit my Laos Gallery. If you enjoy the pictures, please leave a comment.)


by AshleeS

"Off the beaten path!"

Everything here is authentic. When you walk down the street beening a 5'10" girl with blonde hair you kinda stick out. Every single person would stare at me. I almost felt like I was some celeberty and should be waving back at all of them. Instead I would just put my head down and blush, and give the ocassional smile. Luang Prabang was full of tourists, Pakse on the other hand is the complete opposite.


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