Toilet stops on Laos bus rides

Bus rides in most countries are surprisingly well organised. During all my travels there were always toilets on the way and the bus stopped every couple of hours to use them. Of course, bus stop toilets are amongst the most disgusting you can find. So it didin’t bother me much that there aren’t that many in Laos… I’m a simple girl grown up on the countryside…

But it’s not that easy in Laos. When the bus stops in the middle of nowhere, people leave, the men go straight for the side of the street and the women usually look at each other with a lost expression in their faces. Some more traditional women wearing their sarongs just step aside along with the men and widen their sarongs – an easy game. But nowadays when even in Laos women are wearing pants, you need to find some bushes. And there’s the point. As Laos is the most bombed country of the world, going for a pee in the nearest bush might be your death sentence. It’s pure suicide.

At night time there is always the back of the bus where you can hide. But during daylight that’s not an option. So the women usually walk a little away from the bus to find a path were it’s safer to step on. Many times it’s just the distance in the end that prevents a good sight on the details…

Hearing of the beautiful landscape between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang I chose to take a minivan on a beautiful sunny day. Climbing up the mountains I already saw a viewpoint and hoped that our toilet stop will happen there. Lucky girl, lucky day. The view was amazing – so it was from inside the toilets… ;-) No glass, no wall, pure mountain view and fresh breath inside a new and clean toilet…

 

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