Sleeping Bus Vientiane to Pakse

The Craziest Bus In the World

I arrived at the bus station in Vientiane, Laos, bound for Pakse in the southern part of the country via an overnight bus. In the dark parking lot the sign on the double-decker bus brilliantly declared: “Sleeping Bus.” I expected seats that reclined but was surprised by a triple tier of double beds stretching down either side of the narrow aisle.

Triple tier of beds inside the overnight Sleeping Bus that travels between Vientiane and Pakse, Laos

Triple tier of beds inside the overnight Sleeping Bus that travels between Vientiane and Pakse, Laos

My “bed”was all the way at the top; I climbed up and introduced myself to my bunkmate for the evening, thankfully another woman. By wedging myself against the window and tucking my backpack behind my head I was just able to straighten my legs and I was fast asleep before we had gotten a few miles down the road. My bunkmate wasn’t quite so lucky. The metal railing on the outside of the bed wasn’t high enough and she spent the night hanging onto the rail to keep from falling into the aisle each time the bus rounded a corner. I woke up only once – to the sound of banging as the driver and crew changed a flat tire in the middle of nowhere sometime during the night. The Lao Sleeping Bus has to qualify as the craziest bus in the world.

5 Comments on “The Craziest Bus In the World

  1. I’ve seen many of these in Asia – but never ridden in one yet!  I’ve always wondered how safe they were…but then again – how safe is any transportation in Asia?!

  2. In a  crazy bizarre way, this actually sounds quite practical. Though I’d rather the window bed than the aisle bed…

  3. Oh wow! I’ve heard of these buses but didn’t realise you got so up close and personal with the person beside you. 

    Can’t believe there’s 2 laptops in that picture…does anyone travel without one anymore?? 

  4. And I thought that the “King of Bus” from Luang Prabang  was the craziest!  You are one brave woman!

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