When you are in Kuala Lumpur an easy way to get around Malaysia is the bus. It is quite cheap and fast as well. I took the bus from Kuala Lumpur to the Georgetown in the island in Penang. I bought a busticket to Butterworth in Penang. The bus will stop on the island and at the station Butterworth.
Today I took the big aircon bus from Bagan to Kalaw. The same bus will go from Bagan to Inle lake as well. The ride took 8 hours and was nice. I looked out of the window the whole trip. On some intersections you could make easy 20 pictures of things you saw. Kids playing, old trucks, people selling stuff nice portraits of old people. But I was in the bus 🙂
I arranged my busticket from Mandalay to Bagan at the reception of my hotel in Mandalay. It was 9000 MMK ($9) for a aircon bus. They pick you up at the hotel 30 minutes before your bus depart. In my case at 9.30. And we drove away in the normal bus at 10. We arrived at 15.00 at our hotel in Bagan. (5 hours drive)
In Pakse you can easy book the Bus from Pakse to Don Det or Don Khon the 4000 Islands. The ticket you can book for 60.000 (6 euro / $7.5) kip at every travel agency in Pakse. The ride will take around 2.5 hours. First we were in a minivan and after 2 hours we changed to the big bus. Make sure the boat is also included in your ticket, else you’ve to pay the boat as well when you want to see the island. (To Don Det 15.000 kip to Don Khon 20.000 kip)