Has anyone here ever had a really long bus ride? I mean like at least a day. Thinking about doing it because I have no other options.
>23 hours from Hanoi to Vientiane
that was shit because they packed us in like Sardines, it was slow, and you had to sit on sacks of rice for 23 hours
>26 hours from Kunming to Anshun
only took mountain roads through villages, pretty sure I've seen the entire southwest corner of Guizhou.
>36 hours from Urumchi to Hotan
bus broke down just outside of Korla, arrived in Hotan at 4am where I almost got parted from everything I own by a gang of uighurs.
all my horror stories pale in comparison to my friend who took a Greyhound from coastal South Carolina all the way to Iowa to meet a girl that ignored him the entire time he was there! LELELELEL
Some of the longer bus rides I've had include:
> Istanbul, Turkey, to Tbilisi, Georgia
> 36 hours
> Ercis, Turkey, to Istanbul, Turkey
> 25 hours
> Istanbul, Turkey, to Athens, Greece
> 18 hours
> 20 hours on return to Istanbul from Athens
> Erbil, Iraq, to Van, Turkey
> 18 hours, nine of which were at the border
> Mumbai, India, to Goa, India
> 10 hours
> Jammu City, India, to New Delhi, India
> 13 hours
Not really that bad. Once you get used to long-distance buses, no trip seems to take too long, lol. Ten-hour car ride? No problem - that shit flies the fuck by.
Vang Vieng > Siem Reap
Was supposed to take 30 hrs but ended up being closer to 40. 3 separate buses and a border crossing on some of the shittiest roads about. It's doable but not enjoyable
Get some melatonin pills. It's over the counter and non habit forming (just don't take a lot of it because it's a hormone your body naturally produces so it starts under-producing and fucks up your natural sleep cycle).
Greyhounding is mostly just long and boring, so bring some headphones, a book, or something to entertain yourself when you're not sleeping.
It's not really sketchy or dangerous like it is in some other countries. I'm guessing >>939926
was referring to an incident a few years back when some guy had a psychotic episode on a bus in Canada and decapitated another passenger.
Longest ride was 15 hours, Palenque to Oaxaca. It was overnight so I slept for a long time although I kept waking up often.
No incidents on the way except for at the very beginning where 2 federales walked in and took off 2 guys from the bus. Those guys were questioned for like 30 minutes before being allowed back on.
>Is the Hanoi to Vientiane journey as bad as it's made out to be?
Yeah dude, it's pretty bad. But it's pretty much the only option unless you want to fly I guess. Scenery isn't that great either as the bus leaves at night from Hanoi and gets to the border at the break of dawn. Then it's several more hours through scrubland along the riverside until you get to Vientiane. Felt so great when it was over though.
Took a 16 hour bus ride in Vietnam, on a cramped as fuck sleeper bus.
Wasn't great, but wasn't too bad. However, not once did the bus stop for food/toilet breaks.
Luckily somehow I didn't need to pee the whole time.
Protip: Sip water slowly, you never know when the next toilet stop may be. This applies more in the developing world.
>waiting to cross the Sungai Belait on my way to the Malaysian border.
they make you get out of the bus and take a water taxi to another bus. pretty inconvenient.
>another one from the bus from phenom penh to siem reap
>bus stop in meghalaya, india. on the way to silchar from shillong.
somewhere north of nha trang, vietnam
bus stopped for a smoke/piss break on the side of the road
this was the vista at a bus lunch stop just north of hội an
view from a roadside restaurant between kashgar and the kyrgyz border
another ferry in the bus thread from roatan to la ceiba, honduras
restaurant at the seville, spain bus station
ive got some recent stuff from the caucasus but I think thats it for now
Yes with Student Agency for approx. 17 hours total. They have tv screens in the bus with some movies and basically a stewardess who brought free coffee after almost every stop. Quite comfy all-in-all except I can't sleep on busses. The end stop was more convenient to be picked up than flying and my shitload of luggage would have cost me a lot more as extra items.
I'd often take the greyhound from northern alberta to saskatoon. 18-20 hr bus rides with nothing remotely interesting to look out. Often filled with disrespectful alcoholic rig pigs that lost their licence and single moms with loud children.
The worst one was when i took the greyhound from grande prairie to prince albert saskatchewen. 26 hours. 4 of that were spent in the middle of the night in downtown edmonton in Winter.
Vancouver - Montreal. 50+ hour drive...met a girl on the bus that was going to Halifax from Vancouver.
Funny part? Her employer was going to pay for her plane ticket but she was scared of planes..