Vacationing in Vang Vien

Trip Start Feb 01, 2006
Trip End May 04, 2006

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Monday, April 24, 2006

So I've been in Vang Vien for the last few days. Before I got here I had heard quite a bit about the city, and was envisioning a decent sized city, but that wasn't exactly the case there are no dirt roads in the main part of the city which gives it a kind of wild west type of feel, and it is pretty much centered around catrering to younger travelers. There is certainly a lot to do here, but I think I can better explain it all through pictures, which I'll put up this evening. Anyway only ten days left here, and by this point I am definitely prepared and looking forward to getting back home (although I'm sure that after actually working for the first time in three months I will wish that I am back traveling around, oh well can't ahve it all;)

So the big thing to do in Vientiane is tubing. Which pretty much consists of hiring an inner tube for an afternoon, throwing it in the river, and floating away for the next 4-5 hours stopping every 20 minutes or so at a different bar for a beer and to do their rope swing (they have more differrent types of rope swings here than I ever knew existed), they have non-alcoholic drinks as well, but the number of people floating along with pepsis were few and far between. All of this is done in front of a back drop of high lime stone cliffs and jungle terrain, and was a pretty awesome way to spend the day (or two in my case).

in between tubing days I went rock climbing again. While this wasn't as challenging as the first time i went, without Porn (my instructor) kicking my ass, i'd say overall it was more laid back and fun. We did five different routes which ranged from a 5a to 6a difficulty, two of which were actaully inside of a cave, which was a little bit more difficult because the rocks were a lot more smooth and tougher to get a grip on. on the last climb in the cave we climbed up maybe 40 feet and then had to shimmy up a stalagmite ('tite'? whichever one hangs from the top), an additional fifteen feet. It was a fun, very active three days, so today I am just chilling out catching up on a few things (most importantly sleep). Tomorrow I am going to head back down to Vientiane, hopefully via kayak, so that should interesting. i think i have done more outdoorsy activities in the last week than I have done in the last year at home, it makes me think that I should take more advantage of the activities that are available at home for sure.
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