Greetings again from Laos...
We made our way up to Vientiane (the capital of Laos) and spent a few days there taking in the sights. Tanya and I have decided that we must have seen over 1 million Buddha images by now in the form of carvings, statues, paintings or othwise by this time. And Vientiane was overloaded with them in all of the Wats (Temples).
We kept heading north and chilled out for a few days on the riverside town of Vang Vieng. Vang Vieng holds everything a backpacker could require: cheap accommodation, beautiful scenery, outdoor adventure, cheap eats while watching endless videos of Friends reruns, and the infamous tubing down the river while slightly (ahem) intoxicated. The day sounds like this: after visiting an important religious cave filled with more Buddha statues, your group heads to the "River in the Mountain". (The picture I added to the website shows were we entered the mountain on our tubes) After riding through the river upstream for half an hour, all the while examing (by flashlight) the very cool "tunnel" formed by the years of running water, you turn and head back the way you came and exit. Lunch is next. Followed by 3 to 4 hours of slowly riding down a much biger river, occasionally stopping at makeshift bars, indulging in ridiculously strong local drinks, and performing aerial swinging acts to onlookers. Sounds like fun?? It was awesome.
Wish you could have been there!!
D and T