I was really happy that the booking office explained me the trip before I left. The first bus driver was not speaking English and dropped us in a restaurant. Luckily the restaurant owner told us that this was normal and we had to change buses. The next drivers were really kind to help us to fill in the papers to cross the border. But they don't cross the border with you and of course you are scammed and you need to pay extra to get the stamps. It was unavoidable. After the border crossing we needed to change buses again. In Pakse they brought me to another bus station to go on a sleeper bus. It was a really small bed and I needed to share it with a stranger. The ride was really wobbly and noisy. In the end I survived this long bus ride, I believe that all of this is a part of travelling Asia.
Bus VIP 24, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), 25.04.2018
Journey was alright. 1st Driver don’t really able to speak English. He just drop us and point us into a shop to wait. 2nd driver is quite alright, he pick up us at the shop and send us to the boarder, before cross boarder he inform us where to change kip. 3rd Driver is late for 1.5 hours. He pick up us from Laos boarder to Pakse. I was so worry because I still need to catch 8pm bus from Pakse to Vientiane. Due to the late, I didn’t have a time to take dinner at all. The sleeper bus from Pakse to Vientiane is alright, the toilet is too small as I expected. Overall, The journey is still smooth, I send email to AVT for the lateness of 3rd Van and they explain that is a traffic accident but the driver is still able to catch up the bus for me. This journey took 24 hours when I finally reach Vientiane. I think as a passenger is important to corporate with driver and understand how it work before you go up to a bus journey like this because I find out they are actually willing to help when you please.