After our experience on the stairs on the way up from Vientiane Dudley and I knew that we needed a seat number on our VIP bus tickets. Which we got on the tickets we bought at Champaloa The Villa, our guesthouse.
Nevertheless we ended up on another minibus, as full as the last one up from Ban Nakasang, but at least I didn’t sit in the last row. And I had Minnie next to me. Astonishingly our two co-kayakers from the tour in Vang Vieng were leaving on the same bus as we.
The bus picked us up around 9:30 and after about 3,5 hours we had our first stop on some kind of plateau. The way up was so steep that even I as seasoned reader in the back seat had to put my book away before getting sick.
The plateau then was beautiful and provided a gorgeous view over the valley. I especially liked the toilet stalls with no back wall but this view.
After another bathroom break two hours later we eventually arrived in Luang Prabang. The hotel was nowhere to be seen although we had arranged for a pickup. Eventually a tuk-tuk taxi arrived and brought us to the Le Vang Bua Villa. We each had a bungalow-style room with a balcony which overlooked the pool. The perfect ending to our Laos trip.
After a refreshing jump into the pool we headed over the bamboo bridge into the old town for dinner. The bridge was quite an adventure with a couple of holes in between. The way into the old town was not a problem, I only feared the return since by then the lights would be out.
Luang Prabang‘s old town is a UNESCO world heritage site and the old town was really beautiful. Lots of colorful lights and a huge night market that we left alone for the time being. We settled on a restaurant for dinner and after a good meal we walked back to the hotel without major troubles on the bridge. Yours, Pollybert