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Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
Trip End Feb 23, 2011

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

After travelling from Savannaket to Vientiene I stayed there for only 1 night as there was not much to do there and I was keen to get to Vang Vieng. The bus journey here was pretty cool, as the roads were winding round the mountains – quite close to the edge at times but I felt quite safe until the bus got a puncture and came to a screeching stop, but after a quick tire change we were back on the winding mountain roads to Vang Vieng.

Travelling very quickly across the border and into Laos proved to epic decision because Vang Vieng was AWESOME!! It is really small town, in the shadow of some of the most amazing mountains I have seen. It is a tourist hot spot like the Koh San Road in Bangkok except it is not as hectic or loud in fact it is very chilled out. Almost all the restaurants have a line of TVs playing episodes of Friends, Family Guy and Simpsons, and there is not shortage of places to eat or drink or activities to do. If the tourist stuff is not your thing, you do not have to go far to avoid it. However the highlight most people is the "Tubing" where you go get dropped off a few kilometres up river and you float down on a huge rubber tube. This is brilliant in itself, but there are also about 10 bars right on the rivers edge blasting out loud music, and each offering something different to attract the tubers, such as big rope swings, diving platforms, zip wires or mud-volley ball! It was fantastic, you just drift from bar to bar meeting other backpackers and watching people get wreaked on the water when they land wrong!

I was dared to hang onto the zip-line to the end, instead of letting go… this did not end well… unlike a normal zip-line there is no gentle stop or spring on the end! I came to a sudden and painful stop 30ft above the water, which forced me into an uncontrollable back-flip – I don't actually know what way I landed but it was not pretty and it hurt; but it impressed everyone watching so it was well worth it!

This has definitely been one of the highlights of my trip, I can see why some people come here and end up staying for 2 or 3 weeks! Yes it is very very touristy, and you will not get the real “Laos Experience” but it is well worth doing, and I just wish I had more time to stay longer…. but alas I am ever moving so after 3 nights in Vang Vieng I got yet another bus to Luang Prabang in search new horizons and greater experiences…
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helen Shaw on

your poor mam having to look at you up side down like that . Glad you are enjoying your self keep safe and be good

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