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😛. 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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