Sleeper Train in Thailand, Sleeper Bus in Laos & Other Mode of Transportation

IMG_7113It is interesting to note how varied the mode of transport is in Southeast Asia. Coming from a Southeast Asia myself, I was surprised to learn about sleeper bus and train. We don’t have this kind of stuff in the Philippines. Out of curiosity, I took a “sleeper train” from Bangkok to Vientiane. The lower deck is a sofa convertible to bed with a window seat. If you happen to be in the upper deck it is just a small space without window, you can touch the ceiling and you can barely move. In a short description, it is very much like – a coffin. I ended up taking the second decker as I bought the ticket last minute without much option for the lower deck. I was like a dead-living person in a coffin-like sleeper train for 12 hours. But I survived! 🙂

Another interesting experience which I thoroughly enjoyed is the “sleeper bus” that I took from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. I was wondering if it is like a sleeper train, but NO. The sleeper bus is so much like a bunk bed but the catch is, you have to share it with another person. It wouldn’t be a problem if you are a couple. It could be a dilemma for someone traveling alone. Especially, if the ratio of male to female is odd number. Imagine, there is one bed and you practically have to share it with a total stranger!  And what if the other person is physically big in size and can occupy the whole space, how will you squeeze yourself in :P. Interestingly, I was given a space to share with a Laos lady and we ended up as friends. Though she does not speak a single word in English but we kept talking and I think, we managed to get by haha. It was an enjoyable  12-hour bumpy ride in a rough and rugged road. I hardly fall asleep.

Here are some of the photos and other mode of transportation in Laos and Thailand:

Train in Bangkok to Vientiane
Train from Bangkok to Vientiane
And this is how the sleeper train looks inside. The lower deck sofa convertible to bed and the upper deck, I call coffin hihi
And this is how the sleeper train looks inside. The lower deck sofa convertible to bed and the upper deck, I call coffin hihi
Train from the border of Thailand to Laos
Train from the border of Thailand to Laos
Click! After passing the friendship bridge. Thanks for the nice snap hihi
Click! After passing the friendship bridge. Thanks for the nice snap hihi
Cycling around Vientiane is a good way to know the city first-hand
Cycling around Vientiane is a good way to know the city first-hand
I assume having car is a status symbol in Laos
I assume having car is a status symbol in Laos
And we travelers like to take mini-truck in Luang Prabang. Good for long distance trip or going outside the city
And we travelers like to take mini-truck. Good for making trip when going outside the city
Croix Rouge Lao (Red Cross Laos)
Croix Rouge Lao (Red Cross Laos)
Tuktuk in Luang Prabang
Tuktuk in Luang Prabang night market area
Tuktuk in Luang Prabang
Tuktuk in Luang Prabang near to museum
Motorcycles...
A ubiquitous of motorcycles in Luang Prabang
The double decker sleeper bus traveling from Luang Prabang bound to Vientiane
The double decker sleeper bus from Luang Prabang bound to Vientiane
This is how the sleeper bus looks inside. Very comfy hihi
This is how the sleeper bus looks inside. Very comfy hihi
Colorful tuktuk, we call tricycle
Colorful tuktuk, we call tricycle
My Volkswagen greeny
My greeny Volkswagen
Welcome to Bangkok!
Welcome to Bangkok!
Bangkok train
Bangkok train
For tourist, taking boat is an exciting way to explore Bangkok
For tourist, taking boat is an exciting way to explore Bangkok
Even locals alike use boat as mode of transportation, saying going to China town and other place and it is cheap
Even locals alike use boat to commute, say going to Chinatown and other place and it is cheap
Modern taxi along the vicinity of Royal Palace
Modern taxi along the vicinity of Royal Palace
Tuktuk in Chinatown
Tuktuk in Chinatown
Sight seeing temples while having boat ride is simply relaxing
Sight seeing temples while having boat ride is simply relaxing
And with the sun shining behind the cumulus clouds makes a dramatic silhouette shot
And with the sun shining behind the cumulus clouds makes a dramatic silhouette shot

Friends, happy weekend to you all! 🙂

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