March 2, 2010 – Day 432 – Vientiane, Laos
With some early morning negotiation powers we arranged a visa pick up, a stop at the concrete monster called Victory Gate, and then back to where we started for 30,000 Kip/pp. Of course we had to insist that we would only take 5 minutes at the embassy and 10 minutes at Victory Gate, which we did at both places. We scurried up the 7 stories of Victory Gate and back down in record time, much to our tuk tuk driver’s pleasure. Easy money for him, power sightseeing for us.
Unfortunately, today was a hurry up and wait kind of day. We had to get the visas before the embassy closed for the day and then had to wait for our night bus at 7PM to Phonsavan. The bus was, as expected of any Lao bus, utterly miserable and suicide-inducing.
In fact we stopped in the middle of the night to install a DVD player so we could listen to the sweet tunes of Lao music the rest of the night. By the time we arrived in Phonsavan we were clawing at the windows. Glad to get to Phonsavan is an understatement.