Vang Vieng

Trip Start Jan 18, 2013
Trip End Jul 08, 2013

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Luang Prabang,
Saturday, March 23, 2013

I don't think either of us expected this popular party destination to be so beautiful. Despite its infamous reputation it's a really pretty little town set on the banks of the river and encircled by mountains. We were shocked to discover that some travellers had been there a good few months as they like it so much. On our first day we hired bikes and headed to 'the blue lagoon' a place we were assured we would happily want to spend the whole day and where we would meet lots of other travellers. Generally people tend to get a tuk tuk there and it wasn't long before we regretted our choice of transport. The tarmac road soon disappeared and was replaced by an extremely rough dust track which our bottoms definitely did not appreciate! Nevertheless the lagoon was not a disappointment, the water was so clear and turquoise and we spent hours using the Tarzan swing and jumping out of trees. Although a lot of the bars were shut down by the government a couple of years ago when the drinking/tubing culture got out of hand a few good ones still remain and we were fortunate to meet a nice bunch of people who we spent the next few days with tubing down the river and re-visiting the lagoon. Loving Laos!
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