Our original plan was to thoroughly explore every stop on our journey north, but we accidentally spent over a week on the paradisical island of Don Det. Plan B is to spend 20 hours travelling and skip everything between Don Det and the capital. It goes like this: 200,000 kip ($25 US), short boat ride, 2 hour bus ride to Pakse, 4-5 hour roam around Pakse town, 10 hour sleeper bus to Vientiane. Our more hardcore friends then caught the next bus to Vang Vieng (4 more hours) but we're going to give it a few days in the capital first.
We've never done a sleeper bus before but expect it to be thoroughly awful. Yay!
Here are some photos to keep you busy.
This is a 30 second exposure from the middle of a rice field on Don Det. It looks much more impressive on my camera than on this monitor.