Today I would travel to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. It would be a 150 km. With the mountains behind me, the road through a plain that was built up the whole way. It was not particularly scenic. The towns I passed through were all ugly places, and there was lots of industrial detritus. There were a fair number of vans and buses on the road.
The road itself, the main one that goes all the way to China, was bad. There were many huge potholes. The pavement would often stop and the road became sand. With all the traffic it was incredibly dusty.
The final approach to the capital was rough, with bad traffic on the bad road. I was tired when I got to my hostel. Vientiane has surprisingly expensive hotels, and I cannot afford a private room here.