The trip to Laos was long, tiring and sometimes confusing. But it was well worth it. We started out with a ride to town. From there we rode a van for hire to Bangkok train station. Purchased tickets for Laos and were told the bus did not leave for several hours. So with the extra time we decided to find a local Indian restaurant. A friendly cab driver knew of one and promised us that it was not too far from the train station and off we went, zipping in and out of traffic to make it quickly there. The food was great, and after we stuffed our tummies A.J began the task of flagging down a taxi so we could catch our bus.
We made it with time to spare. The buses are not anything like a greyhound bus back home. These are much nicer, flat screen T.Vs, clean restrooms, and comfortable reclining seats. They also have double decks, which the girls thought was quite cool. We sat at the very front of the top level on our way to Laos.
Off we went for a 9 hour ride through Northern Thailand. It was evening; we choose to travel at night because of the girls. So sorry no pictures of the Northern countryside.
When we finally arrived in Laos, we caught a cab to our hotel, we quickly got settled in and searched for another Indian restaurant (we like Indian :). We had a blast riding the Tuk Tuks and talking with the Lao people.
We were told that the Lao people weren’t very warm and welcoming, nothing like the Thais. I must say that although we were only there a short time, I found the Lao people to be immensely kind hearted, and genuine. There’s were an indescribable warmth to them that just drew me to them. Also here in Thailand we receive lots of stares from the people. Not only because were foreigners, but because in our area they don’t see very many blacks. Sometimes the stares seem downright rude, although I do understand the curiosity. In Laos the people were curious, but were so respectful and I noticed not a single rude or extended stare. Just inquisitive and welcoming looks.
The city we visited was Vientiane, the capitol of Laos. It’s not much there, but I really enjoyed the place. I felt a connection to Laos that I cannot describe. I hope to one day visit the Northern rural areas and perhaps work with the people there someday.
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