Vang Vieng was an even better place to chill out. Nice walks in the countryside, caves to explore and tubing Beerlao stylee on the river. The tubes were large tractor tyre inner tubes. The tubing was one of the highlights of our trip so far. Excellent views of the limestone outcrops, nice weather and people selling Beerlao every 100 metres or so. The whole trip took 4 hours. Quality.
We also met up with Shez and Sherri, who we had met previously in Hoi An, Hue and Vientiane. As well as doing the tubing (sadly no photos - would have been excellent shot though as all the inner tubes are painted pink) we hiked to Jang cave (2 km away) and then the next day to Phu Kham cave (8 km away).
The 3 hour pick-up ride from Vientiane was not too bad either, much better than any bus in Vietnam, got to meet locals going to market and saw excellent scenery on the way. All for the price of US$1 each. Vang Vieng also boasts the best value for money guest houses we have found yet. Ensuite, very clean, spacious, quiet, free tea/coffee/water, all for US$4 a night. Lots of good quality pizza restaurants here aswell.
Both solid. We leave tommorrow by private minibus (more comfortable) to Luang Prabang. Should take about 6 hours.