Jodi on March 28th, 2009

After our unforgettable journey into Laos, we hurried to the bus station the next morning to catch a bus onto Luang Prabang. We were low on funds and thought we could only get money in one of the larger cities (for any future travelers to Laos, we now know that BCEL is in nearly every [...]

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Jodi on March 21st, 2009

From former traveler posts, we knew our chosen route into Laos was not a fun one. When people dream about traveling around the world, this conglomeration of bus rides to cross from Vietnam into Laos at the Sop Hun/Tay Trang border is not what they fantasize about. In any event, we chose to head on from Sapa over [...]

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Jodi on March 20th, 2009

Catching the last bus out of Bac Ha for the day, it was crammed full of people and their wares. The driver stacked us one upon the other as though some of us weren’t tourists. The Japanese behind me loudly complained as the driver suggested a teenage boy sit in his lap, and the couple [...]

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Jodi on March 11th, 2009

Walking out of the train station with hundreds of tourists, touts surrounded us shouting “Sapa?”. With our trusty (or not so trustworthy) Lonely Planet in hand, we headed to the bus station where the LP guide said we could catch further transportation to Bac Ha. We walked nearly thirty minutes to the stated bus station [...]

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Chris on March 10th, 2009

When we were in Ho Chi Minh we noticed these buses unlike any other buses seen to date. Vietnam’s version of the sleeper bus is three rows of bunk beds with small aisles in between each row. The rows of bunk beds ran 5 beds long. At the end of the rows were 5 bunk [...]

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