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Vang Vieng, Laos
OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 1, 2009


Taking a 4-5 hour trip from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng. Lovely scenery along the way, plus it helped that we had Say (our private guide in Luang Prabang) to guide and drive us through the area. Very beautiful drive, through rolling mountains,  waterfalls, and local hill tribes. Just really enjoyable. Checked  into our hotel and yes.... That was about it....

Vang Vieng is just NOT our thing! Sort of reminded of a dusty, Mexican, bandito town. Mostly backpackers, smoking pot, dope and whatever else there is, eating "happy pizza", washing it down with an opium milkshake, and just hanging out being stoned out of their minds, watching the same episode of Friends, EVERY NIGHT on dirty "beds" hosted by the restaurants themselves! WOW! Yes, perhaps if we were a FEW years younger, we would have been all game, but unfortunately we're not. Couldn't go there. Ordering happy pancakes, opium tea and magic mushroom pizza from the "Special Menus" (and we're NOT kidding) was just a bit awkward for us.

Other than that, we enjoyed a day going kayaking down the Nham Song, stopped along the river, where about 15 bars were located at the river's edge. Playing a bit of "Tarzan" and a few beers later, we were off again, paddling down the river. Yes, we made it back safely to the hotel - no tipping over or losing our paddles. Highlight, looking forward to Vientiane!

Kayaking


Johann is ready to go and fired up to paddle. A little tropical rain was coming down, but  that certainly didn't stop us. We had a great time going down the river, admiring the nice scenery as we slooowly passed by. And guess what? We didn't fall over even once. Boy were we on it this time around (maybe the dark brown river had something to do with NOT tipping over??)


Aaaaaaahhhoooooaaa, that would be the "Screams of Tarzan". We hit the break spot on the river, where at least 15 bars were located after each other and ended as the tubing section of the river started. Aussies were definitely digging this arrangement. Beer and happy "somethings" along with tubing down the river, how much better can life become, eh?! Hmmm...


No, I didn't order anything from the Happy Special Menu. I'm just happy to be ALLIIVEEE...
Okay, and we did happen to also enjoy that beer break. Heeeee...

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LAOS
OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 3, 2009

Mekong River Cruise Luang Prabang Vang Vieng Vientiane
China Thailand Vietnam Cambodia

 

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