Our minivan's clutch broke about 45 minutes outside Luang Prabang. Luckily, he had a mobile phone and could call for back-up. About 90 minutes later, another minivan showed up and we were on our way again.
For anyone going from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng, you'll be treated to beautiful views...and four hours of switchbacks, so bring your motion sickness pills.
Read more about the journey from Luang Prabang to Vientiane in Laos.