Trip Start Jan 07, 2009
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Paradise Island Guesthouse
Vang Vieng is a logical stopping point between the two "major" cities in Laos; Luang Prabang and Vientianne. There is a nice river in the middle of the town and some huge limestone karsts all around
We got the tube and the tuk tuk for about 55000 kip (rip-off). You can actually just swim the whole thing and this is what most people did we found out later. The bars start right at the put-in and most people don't get past the bridge a hundred yards or so down river. I can see why. Shots of Lao Lao ( homemade rice whiskey) are free and plentiful. They don't really make mixed drinks just beer or buckets. Buckets are about a pint of whiskey, a can of red bull and a splash of coke. The cost favors the buckets so why the hell not. The stupid decisions just come flying then
We checked out some of the local caves and did a little mountain biking. You can't go very far on the trails. For those going I would definitely check out Lusi cave west of town for 20000 kippers. You get a guide who takes you back like a quarter mile to a flooded section of the cave with.......wait for it.......tubes! This place isn't really sure why we come to Laos but they're pretty sure we're into tubes. We went swimming inside the cave and floated around on the tubes with the lights off. Our guide even sang to us in the darkness of the cave. He had definitely had some practice using the echos and re-verb to get eerie multi-pitch chords. Comfortable enough in his skimpies he finished the walk/slither out in style
We got bored with Vang Vieng and headed down Vientienne. We're there right now actually (that is unless you are reading this in the future...). Vientiane really doesn't have much going on but we have to wait for our Visas to to Vietnam to go through. It's the weekend and Monday is national women's day so the embassies are closed. We have a ticket for Tuesday to Hanoi. From there we'll take a series of trains and buses down the coast to Ho Chi Minh (or Hoochie Coochie man if you're tight with the Mihn man). Time allowing we'll take the Cambodia coast to Thailand and fly out Bangkok. I'm still researching Viet Nam so shoot me a suggestion if you know a good place to drop off some agent orange.