Samstag, 19. Mai 2012

To Vietnam

Waiting in Vientiane, Laos.
© Eike-Christian Heine

Vang Vieng, Laos is situated in a lovely valley with green hills and dramatic cast cliffs. Besides its stunning beauty it is most known as a party destination where young Westerners get drunk and float downstream in a tube. I met Markus here, a friend from back home, who came straight from India. We spend three days partying and chatting. But then it was time to get going again.

The bus from Vang Vieng to Hanoi takes about 34 hours. First you get a lift to Vientiane, where you hit the sleeper. A type of bus where you can lay down comfortably. It left Vientiane 7 p.m. and stopped at 1 a.m. somewhere in the middle of nowhere. A group of young Vietnamese invited me to share their water cooled tobacco pipe. Everyone laughed when I had to cough. We waited at that place till 5 in the morning and we arrived at the border at 6 a.m. Waited another hour till it opened. Around 8 a.m. all passports were stamped and we had to walk almost 30 minutes to the Vietnamese site of the border. Till we sat in our bus again it was 10 in the morning.

There was something surreal about taking a ride that consists mostly of waiting. I left the bus in Bin Som at 4 o'clock in the afternoon to meet a friend there. I was very happy i could skip the three hours the bus still would have needed to Hanoi.


Waiting four hours somewhere in Laos.
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A tire was fixed
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Waiting at the Lao' side of the border
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Walking to Vietnam
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In the bus
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Finally: Bin Som, Vietnam
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