Free joints in Vang Vieng between 7-9pm

Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
Trip End Mar 16, 2011

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

22 APRIL 2010 - Today we left Vientiane at 10am on a bus to Vang Vieng.  We drove past a lot of very poor provinces dotted with straw and wooden huts.  The countryside was much greener compared to Cambodia. The bus was rather “handsome’, old but it was ok, it was a rather bumpy 3 hr trip. I thought the bus was going to stop at a depot or in town but it stops at Thavisouk Hotel (probably has an agreement with this hotel to get people in who knows).  Anyway we get off the bus and we get told its only US$10 per night for two of us.  We check out the bungalows that are located by the Namsong River.  They are quite cute and we checked out the hotel rooms and decided to grab the bungalow, it has aircon, big shower and comfy bed so its good even though Mary desperately wants a pool. We were told its about a 10 minute walk into town or get a tuk tuk.   We spent the rest of the day relaxing by the bungalow.

23 APRIL 2010 - Today we had a slack morning.  We head into town and have lunch, a yellow noodle stir fry one with chicken and one with pork and a banana shake all was very cheap.  We saw how they make these delicious fruit shakes, in a blender they put ice, banana, a dash of condensed milk and some sort of syrup, they are so yummy.  We walked around town and Vang Vieng is a very touristy small town with millions of guesthouses, cafes and restaurants.  Most of the restaurants have day beds where you could order your food, lie back and watch TV and have a drink and a meal.  Food here is much cheaper than in Vientiane.  Vang Vieng is surrounded by the most beautiful limestone karsts, the scenery is just stunning.  
This place is famous for tubing, you hire a tube and float down the river for a few hours.  They also do kayaking and rock climbing. It is such a laid back place, no street sellers except for the tuk tuk drivers and an occasional shop assistant asking if we want a massage.  Its a nice change to walk down the streets and not get hassled.  This place is a haven for hippy tourists. We decided to check out the Sunset Bar, it looked pretty old and funky and to get to it we had to walk over a very old wooden rickity bridge.  There were hippies there and this young English girl’s voice asks us if we want a drink.  She was working behind the bar dressed in real hippy shorts, some sort of t-shirt, headband, stockings and glittery eyeshadow.  She starts chatting to us and asks us the usual questions while smoking her joint.  She tells us she is from outside London and working here illegally and has had to pay the cops off for getting caught for smoking pot.  Well she was interesting and then her male friend or colleague sits next to Troy with a tray of drugs and rolling a joint.  He was this tall lanky dude with designer undies exposed to the world and his shorts just hanging underneath his arse.  He had the coolest dark dreads and he puts on his sunnies which have an attached plastic sun visor and after several puffs on his joint he tries to take off on his little kiddy pushy.  It was so funny.  We all were laughing at him including the hippy chick.  Mary was very tempted as ask them to pose for a photo but I didn’t ask. All the staff there are hippies and work illegally except for the Canadian boss.  They were all friendly and of course pretty laid back. I would love to know what the locals think of them, they don’t dress like hippies.  

Troy orders a beer and the hippy chick hands him a brochure of the Sunset Bar and asks us if we wanted to buy some cheap drugs.  Cheap drugs --- cool!  It was all fun, she wasn’t pushy or anything just having a casual conversation with us. The clothes these guys were wearing were very interesting, it was like “what the f**k are they wearing clothes”. If you get busted by the local police here for smoking a joint you have to pay them off (about US$700 or so) or you get locked up or deported.  Apparently there are so called “police” that will fine you as well but you don’t know who are the legit ones as they all wear plain clothes.  As Lonely Planet states if you get caught you should ask police for ID and tell them to take you to the police station - then you end up knowing who is for real.  If you get caught by a real cop, or a so called cop - you got to pay up or else.  We are getting deported tomorrow.....  we didn’t want to pay up!    Believe us?  

We go back to our resort and had a swim in the river which had a decent current.  The surroundings were just beautiful with the stunning karsts around us.  We head back to our bungalow and Mary photographs some beautiful butterflies.  They are just so pretty, some huge black ones and some white ones with orange tips.  I love butterflies.  

We head back into town for dinner at the Organic Farm Cafe where we had a vegetarian meal and the best mulberry fruit shakes.  We read into the Lonely Planet guide that they recommend the mulberry fruit shakes, must say there were so good we had two each.  We just made it back to our resort and then it started raining.  

24 APRIL 2010 - Today is a beautiful day in Vang Vieng, its not as hot as yesterday but a nice pleasant day.  We head into town which is about a 10 minute walk from our resort.  We stop to have a banana and chocolate pancake for about $1.30 each.  Yum!  Troy goes to check out the tubing but he thought it wasn’t such a good idea to go alone for safety reasons so we skipped it.  Mary didn’t want to do it.   We walked around town and then went back to our resort and sat by the lake.  The scenery around here is beautiful.  This is the place to come here and do nothing, a place to chill out.  We have now been here for a few days and there is some sort of creature around the place that makes this unusual sound, seriously it sounds exactly like it is saying “F**K YOU” all the time and I want to know what the hell it is. We heard the rude creature underneath our bungalow at one stage (could be a local hey?). Troy thinks it could be the gecko or lizard or something, whatever it is doesn’t have very nice manners!  

We had a snack for lunch at our resort and then walked into town again, had a fruit shake at a nice place with the beautiful mountains as our backdrop and then went home again.  We watched the sunset back at our resort and listened to the crappy Laotian music (all the Asian music sounds shocking) and Troy seemed to be into it bopping along and chilling out and fitting in with the local music while next minute Mary starts bopping to Brittany.... don’t know what is worse, Anything goes when your head feels like they have have just frizzelled in the heat, the heat does does weird things to you....We then headed back into town once again and had great pizza and another fruit shake for dinner.  These fruit shakes are addictive.
We leave Vang Vieng tomorrow and head for Luang Prabang which is an 6.5 hr bus trip.

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