A sleep in again followed by packing & our final trek down the stairs. We left our bags at the bottom then went for a great feed at the bakery near our hotel. We returned to wait for our 12pm pickup which didn't arrive until 12.30pm. The mini bus then took us out of the city where we stopped on the side of the road. So much for departing from the bus station. Of course when the VIP bus arrived most of the seats were full but a lovely Chinese guy moved seats so we could sit together. Well the next 5 hours we travelled along some of the roughest roads we have ever been on, with a driver determined to go as fast as he could make the bus go. Being at the back we copped every bump but we had to look on the bright side, it was still better than being in Vientiane. After what seemed like ages we arrived in Thakhek. Of course the bus stop is 4 km's out of town so we had to have the usual joust with the Tuk Tuk driver, then shared a lift with Kevin, the only other westerner on the bus. We were dropped at our hotel & they gave us an upgrade on our room when we checked in. The place is the nicest hotel we have been at for weeks. We relaxed in the room for a while before returning to the streets to explore a little. The town is pretty quiet but we already like it more than Vientiane. We wandered along the riverbank where a few street stalls were set up. One guy had little cap guns that you could fire to win prizes. I took a few shots & managed to win a drink & soft toy. We continued along the quiet streets & settled at a cheap place for dinner. We returned back to the hotel for a big jug of Laogria. A concoction of cheap Lao whisky, coke & lots of fruit. Turns out it's pretty potent. We finished the jug then retired for the evening in our big comfy room.