The last time I took a bus from Vientiane to Pakse was in January of last year via the VIP bus with Kiang Khai. I wanted to fly from Vientiane to Pakse since Aunt Kian is already there at the hospital taking care of my Grand-Mama. However, Aunt Phone and Uncle Khao wanted to make a trip to Pakse with me and it was decided that we would take a VIP Bus during the day time.
Unfortunately, the only VIP Bus would only go to Savannakhet and Aunt Phone said she had a bad experience of having to wait more than five hours for a connecting bus to Pakse. We bought tickets for Express Bus but it turned out the bus made all the stops that a regular bus (slow bus) does along the route.
The bus ride from Vientiane to Pakse was interesting because as soon as the bus left the station, there were food hawkers coming on the bus at the first bus stop. There were drinks, gums, candies, and all sort of snacks to sell to the passengers. Of all the stops that we made, the best food hawkers of them all was in Seno Savannakhet. I had to be careful to not get my eyes poked out from the Ping Kai sticks as soon as we approached the bus station and all the young and old ladies holding all sort of food items pressing against the windows.
We bought quite a few sticks of Ping Kai (grilled chicken) as gifts for the relatives and some snacks to eat on the bus until we get to Pakse.