Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
27Trip End Feb 23, 2011
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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
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…