Transit: Riding the VIP Bus from Pakse to Vientiane

Pakse VIP Bus Station

Pakse VIP Bus Station

I really had a pleasant stay in the Champasak Region of Laos. I was able to visit some of the waterfalls of Bolaven Plateau, visit the UNESCO Ruins of Wat Phu and has a pleasant stroll around the city of Pakse. On the night of the third day, it was time to head to Vientiane. I already booked my bus ride the day before to make sure I already have good seats. The main VIP bus station is near the Dao Heung Market about 2km from the city center. But after strolling around the City I found that there is another VIP Bus Station nearby which is walking distance from my guesthouse just along the same side of the tourism office near the Sedone River.

Pakse VIP Bus to Vientianne Interiors

Inside the VIP Bus to Vientianne

I think the VIP bus station is quite new and a competitor of the one near the market. Had I known I would have just booked here so I don’t have to spend 20,000 kip for a saamlaw ride back and forth the Market Bus Station. Anyhow, I already paid for the former. I paid 150,000 kip for a VIP Single sleeper, the regular sleeper is around 130,000 kip. With only a little difference, I decided to go for a little more comfort to make sure I could catch some sleep during the ride.

Pakse VIP Bus to Vientianne

Cargo/storage area of the Bus

I was already at the VIP Bus Station by 6:30pm as the departure time to Vientiane is around 8:00pm in the evening. There’s an internet cafe at the station where I accessed for half an hour then I had dinner before the boarding time. The Bus Station has good facilities even some shower rooms, and cable tv area with English movies for those waiting passengers.

Pakse My Sleeper inside a VIP Bus to Vientianne

My Sleeper inside a VIP Bus to Vientianne

Fifteen minutes before departure time I already boarded the bus, leaving my larger bag at the storage compartment below. It’s a pretty large bus. When I was looking for my sleeper bunk, I mistakenly got a wrong sleeper first until the conductor checked my ticket and directed me on a sleeper bunk at the back. As I found out, it has more legroom. I could completely stretch out. Along with the VIP perks are the complimentary water bottle, a small bag of snack chips, a milk/yogurt drink and a wet wipes for washing up once you wake up in the morning.

The bus ride was convenient. No major bumps on the road. The bus was completely dark. Airconditioning was just right. The only lights came from other foreign passengers watching movies on their netbooks. Good thing the sleepers below have curtains as well. One other annoying thing was the Restroom was just across me so whenever someone would open the door, light would seep in which is a bit disturbing. And another thing was the constant spewing of automated air refresher nearby. On any other thing, everything went well. I get to catch a few sleep. And by 6:00 am, we were already at the Vientiane Bus Station.

8 Responses to “Transit: Riding the VIP Bus from Pakse to Vientiane”

  1. Ferdz, what is it like to travel around the world so much? I wanted to do that, except it’s not so easy with children. Especially one who’s allergic to a lot of things.

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  2. wow, that’s a large bus alright, amigo. i wish they had those sleepers in burma :D if i only took a cursory look at the interiors, i would’ve thought they were inside a train or a dorm instead. so how was the ride to vientiane? how were the roads? kumusta tulog aboard the sleeper?

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  3. Interesting to note why we don’t have buses like this in Pinas where one can stretch out the legs and sleep prostate on those long overnight rides.

    Can’t wait for the next leg.

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  4. never seen such a bus before. not sure if i can sleep there depending on the bus’ movement. i can sleep in flat bed but not when it’s in a bus on a bumpy road. very interesting ride.

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  5. Taking overnight buses like this saves the budget traveler a night’s stay in a hostel. This reminds me also of the 16-hour bus ride I took from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires where dinner and breakfast was served by an attendant. I guess, better bus services can only happen in the Philippines if the roads are really improved,

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  6. wow ang galing. parang ganito yung sinakyan ko from Singapore to Malaysia kaso overnight train yun, but same interior. parang di nga maganda na malapit ka sa restroom kase, maya’t maya ang gising. laking tulong din ng mga curtains na yan. Nagco-convert ako habang kinukuwento mo yung mga bayad at pamasahe, mental note na rin para kung sakaling magpunta ko dyan ay may idea ako. ayos yung mga perks, magagamit mo talaga.

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  7. ferdz!!! i can’t begin to tell you how some parts of the laos trip had been disappointing for me. some, but not all. but it’s enough to stress me out by simply reading the title of this entry: VIP bus. SIGH!

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