Well, the bus to Phonsavan was uneventful. The seat was too small for me to sit straight (a common occurrence out here) but apart from that it was a classic Laos bus journey with loud horn, crazy driver and vomiting passengers. Two Americans were on board: Curtis, from Washington, and Josh, from Arizona. Got chatting to them throughout the 8 hour journey which was good. We've ended up staying in the same Guest House. We had a dinner together and tomorrow we've got ourselves a private guided tour of the Plain of Jars and surrounding area, which is good. 40USD for us 3 in an air conditioned van, pretty good value.