she said (Laos): "SO YOU HAVE TO TURN OFF YOUR AC BECAUSE A MANGO TREE FELL DOWN"
We left on a bus to our next stop Luang Prabang and nobody could have prepared us (though some blogger somewhere should have tried!) for this trip. In keeping with our "avoid minibus" philosophy, we took a big bus. Turns out this was the wrong choice (though right in the end once survival was guaranteed) as minibuses for tourists apparently go the new, straight, direct, paved road between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang but the big bus, i.e. local bus, goes the old windy road th