Travel Expenses: Vientiane, Laos

Throughout July, I’ll be writing about my post-trip accounting and evaluation of my Southeast Asian month-long backpacking trip. This includes the costs of each leg of the trip and reviews of accommodation and transportation.

First up is my travel expenses in Vientiane, Laos. I planned on staying in the capital for four days, but I left for Bangkok early, taking the bus instead of the train. Vientiane can be easily done in one day, two days if you plan on going to places in the outskirts of town.
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Day 14: From Vientiane to Bangkok

A songthaew picked me up at the guesthouse just a little past 5pm yesterday afternoon. It made a couple more stops, picking other passengers from the other guesthouses in the area. I guess I miss talking to people, since I started a conversation with the traveler who was picked up after me, and the third traveler as well. It was the usual small talk between fellow travelers (where are you from, how long are you traveling, what do you do, etc.), but it was great to connect with others. Once the group was complete, the driver started driving out of the city center, to what we assumed was to the bus station.

HI-Sukhumvit
A lovely welcome at HI Sukhumvit

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Day 13: Adieu, Laos

Though I walked a lot yesterday, I still had a hard time sleeping last night. I suppose I’m too aware of my surroundings (and freaked out by it), or I’m just too excited about going back to Thailand. I was still up by 1am, re-watching Voice episodes for the nth time. When I got tired of watching them, I switched over to the video shorts that has been sent via e-mail or leeched from YouTube. By 3am, I forced myself to turn off the computer and the lights to get some sleep.

Scandanavian Bakery & Cafe
Breakfast at the Scandanavian Bakery

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