Signs, signs: A bus story

After so many years, I found the SD card that contained most of my travel pictures. Happy head now that I’m reunited with my Laos pictures, some five years later!

This photo below was taken in one of the road trips my husband and I did some years ago. Of course, my travelling doll, Khmer Iggy, was with me during that trip. Khmer Iggy finds the buses in Laos delightfully colourful, except for a few that are -ahem- gaudily decorated. You can find more of Khmer Iggy and her other sisters’ travels around the world here – Postcards from Miss Igorota.

Khmer Iggy posing in front of the overnight tourist bus that took us to Vientiane.
Khmer Iggy posing in front of the overnight tourist bus that took us to Vientiane.

The sign on the side of the bus says “Vientiane, Pakse”.
Paks√© is a city in Champasak district of Laos and is the halfway-point to Vientiane, the capital, when entering Laos via one of the border crossing in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province. It is also one of the most-visited cities in Laos due to its popular attractions of Wat Phu (an ancient Khmer temple ruins) and Si Phan Don (popularly known as the 4,000islands, much similar to the Philippines’ Hundred Islands).

In other news, public buses begin test run yesterday in an effort by the government to ease traffic jams in Phnom Penh.


Miss Igorota’s first tuk-tuk experience

first tuk-tuk ride

Exhilirating, dizzying, super-fast! You grab on to your seat, and once it started rolling you can’t help but grin — you know, the kind of nervous grin you have when you get on a roller-coaster ride because most tuk-tuk drivers transform into madmen once they hit the road. It’s like being whisked from point A to point B at a very alarming speed.

According to Wikipedia:

An auto rickshaw or tuk tuk (auto, rick, autorick or rickshaw in popular parlance) is a motor vehicle that is one of the chief modes of transport across many parts of South and East Asia, especially as a vehicle for hire. It is a motorized version of the traditional rickshaw or velotaxi, a small three-wheeled cart driven by a person, and is related to the cabin cycle.

For those who haven’t been on this side of Asia, Miss Igorota recommends a tuk-tuk ride for first-timers in the city. It is an essential and a fun way to see the city. Tourists and barangs (expats) in Phnom Penh are usually seen riding tuk-tuks, but now, more and more locals are starting to use them to commute. It’s supposed to hold only 4 passengers, but the humble four-wheeled tuktuk can hold as much as a dozen or more. Plus a number of chickens, pigs, sacks of rice… figure that out. Miss Igorota reckons that, apart from having four-wheels and a bigger body size, tuk-tuks are similar to traysikels (tricycle) back in the Philippines.

For more of Miss Igorota’s travels, visit Postcards from Miss Igorota.