How many hours is too long to be sitting on a bus, a boat or a train? What’s your limit when it comes to bum-numbing travel?
For us, we’ve not yet found our limit!!
We’ve had short trips in the back of a ute in Chiang Mai and we’ve survived 2 days of boating down the Mekong River in Laos. Long flights with even longer layovers in airports (because we are cheap and bought the cheap seats!)
We are just hours away from one of our longest travel periods. At 7.30pm tonight we’ll be leaving Paris on a bus bound for Denmark. The bus gets us into Copenhagen at 2pm tomorrow. Then we’ll have a lovely 4 hours or so until we catch a second bus to a ferry that will finally take us to the little island of Bornholm, where Gert is from. 27 hours travel in total. Assuming we arrive on time!
It’s Europe so we’re a little more confident of arriving kinda on time.
Not like the 22 hour overnight bus journey in Vietnam. It was our first overnight bus – the pictures of the beds looked great – they were not!!
22 hours became 26. We were in hell. Especially since the promised toilet was NOT on the bus!!
We could probably have arrived on time if the following had not occurred:
- The bus left late. Our 6pm departure became 6.45pm as they loaded wierd styrofoam boxes underneath the bus.
- We didn’t stop every 45 minutes to pick up random Vietnamese who slept in the aisles on the floor.
- We didn’t have a 1 hour delay at the border. The delay was not so bad. Seeing the border staff member washing his bum in a bucket before the border opened was a bit tough to takeWe didn’t stop for lunch where there was a giant pig hung right outside the toilets covered in flies. We ended up buying dried bikkies and trying to ignore the advances of an older vietnamese gentleman who obviously wanted to spirit me away on his motorbike. By this stage we’d been on the road for 19 hours! I’m sure I didn’t look THAT attractive but he sure was persistent!!
- We stopped to unload our bus of a shipment of illegal timber from Laos!! Yes, at 10pm we stopped in a deserted side street and were ordered off the bus by the crazy driver screaming “get off, get off”. Then we waited patiently with about a dozen other westerners while the bus was torn apart and timber appeared from every orifice the bus possessed! On the roof, under our seats, from the false floor in the bus. You name it, it was there. There were skinny planks and frankly some huge squares of timber that I have no idea how they even got on the bus!!! They could have been the bases of enormous tables! There was so much that it filled the back of a small truck and the foyer of the hotel we were stopped outside of!! We googled after and discovered there is indeed a trade in illegal timber from Laos!!
After 26 hours we finally arrived in Vietnam where we were greeted by an amazing gentleman who really looked after us!! What a relief!! We were still alive!!
So we are set to trump the 26 hour record today and tomorrow.
What’s the longest amount you have travelled? Do you think you could cope with 27 hours travelling?
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