On and I get to Bangkok’s Northeastern Bus Terminal around 5:00 and buy at ticket to Mukdahan. We’ve got a ten-hour bus ride ahead of us, so we buy a ticket for a VIP bus to Mukdahan (490 Baht), which unfortunately doesn’t turn out to be a VIP bus, but an express bus.
I swore that I would never take another bus in Thailand after the bus accident I was in back in 1995 when I was on my way to Chiang Mai. About three hours outside of Bangkok the bus driver fell asleep and the bus went off the road and into a ditch filled with water. Luckily no one was seriously hurt and after that I never took a bus again in Thailand—until today.
We hang out at Dunkin’ Donuts for a while; have something to eat and drink. Later, when we walk downstairs to where we will catch our bus to Mukdahan, we stock up on a few more things to eat and drink—just enough to tide us over—until the bus stops at Nakhon Rachasima four hours later for a 20-minute pit stop (the bus ticket is good for food coupons).
Lots and lots of iced drinks to choose from as well as your garden-variety selection of junk food. The chips look pretty good and I buy myself a bag and a couple of Cokes.
Once we get to Mukdahan sometime in the morning, we will take a bus across the Mekong to Savannakhet and from there another bus to On’s village, which is about two hours south of Savannakhet.