After disembarking at Nong Khiaw, we grabbed a tuktuk to the bus station outside of town. Our next scheduled stop was Udomxai, but there weren’t enough falang at this bus station to make the journey. So four of us pooled our money together and ‘bought out’ a minibus to Pak Mong – a fleabag stop on the way to Udomxai. We were told a minibus to Udomxai would certainly be there. So we boarded our minibus only to find a few locals getting on for free as well. That didn’t bother us. Neither did the semi-bumpy ride. Nothing bothered us. All we cared about was the minibus waiting for us in Pak Mong.