We will be touring Laos in September and have been deliberating about whether to fly, bus, minivan or actually hire a car and drive to Vientiane (via VV for a night of course) ourselves. If we were to drive, we could stop multiple times and take as long as we want to get there. Are there any hotels between LP and VV where tourists stop in the mountains for a night or two?
What would be the deterrent to driving oneself? As we are accustomed to Left Hand Drive in Canada and Right Hand Drive in Australia, can anyone give any info that would help us to make a decision why not to drive? We are regulars to Asia and are well versed on the absolute madness and chaos of Thai roads, but have always opted for the public transport routes as we are mainly always in cities, however the road trip between LP and Vientiane sounds so incredibly beautiful, I think this is a time when the bus will not be the best option ... nor the plane? Thoughts please and thanks heaps.
BTW we have made inquiries as to car rental rates and they are actually worthy of a second thought!