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Travel Blogs from Vang Vieng
"While you're out there on the highway
While you're driving roll on by
Going south between the bridges
While the river running dry
And if you can't come home
Please send your mind"
Vang Vieng was another relatively new addition to our itinerary. Thank you to Ricky and Elise for recommending the town to us …
... Party poopers maybe, saving lives definitely a good thing in my eyes.
The bit that surprised me was how small and beautiful Vang Vieng is. It sits on a river and the surrounding countryside is stunning. Very idyllic and not what I was expecting. The town itself is tiny and nice and relaxed. Plenty of places to grab a beer and a smoke or mushrooms but certainly not the party central feel I was expecting to arrive in.
We did our usual thing ...
... those who don't know is going in a rubber dingy down the river. Not something we both were really into. Give me a water-park and a dingy any day!
So with Jon feeling a little better, thanks to all the drugs they had given him at the pharmacy, after a few days we booked the second part of the journey to Luang Prabang. This bus journey is going to take up to 7hrs! Again we have been promised a VIP 45 seater bus.... We shall see!
... food at a cheap price – probably the best we’ve had since we got here! The next day ends up being more of the same – Linda’s arm’s still not up to it (it’s not broken, just muscle trauma underneath) so we enjoy another lazy day – although we sort a few planning things out too! Downtime is no bad thing, and we could have picked worse places to spend it!
The next day brings a fairly early start as ...
... down by the police, obviously speaking Laotian it was difficult to understand what our driver and the police were saying but they seemed to be getting quite irate with one another. It turns out they wanted a bribe from the taxi driver of around £10 (in Laos that is quite a big some of money considering it is one of the poorest countries in the world) the driver was reluctant but paid his "tax" and we got on our way. Another 20 minutes down and we are then flagged down ...