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Jan 10, 2006 - Vang Vieng

Gen and I enjoyed a gorgeous bus ride today up to Vang Vieng over windy roads and beautiful mountains. It was too bad that I got the crap seat on the bus that wasn't completely secured to the floor and thus sent me reeling back and forth with every turn of the road! Gen and I had heard that Vang Vieng was the hightlight of Laos, and after only about 5 minutes in the town, we absolutely agreed. The town is tiny, only one main road, and it's backed by magnificent mountains all around. Crossing a little bridge takes you over to the so-called...

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Kristy's World Tour!

Jan 5, 2006 - Trekking & Vang Vieng

I stayed in Luang Prabang for a total of 5 nights. Luang Prabang is really a great city in which to relax and just enjoy lazy days! The town is adorable, with a great night market, a totally laid back feel and tons of cafes and restaurants. Most of my days in Luang Prabang, I did next to nothing! But Monday, while doing next to nothing, I booked a one-day trekking/kayaking trip for the next day with Julie and Dave (the couple from San Diego). Unfortunately, Julie had come down with a 24 hour flu the night before, so she was unable to...

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Lisa's Journey

Dec 20, 2005 - Vang Vieng

20 November - To Vang Vieng Got an 0830 'local' bus to Vang Vieng today. Local'being with most of the locals, sa they do put on other 'VIP' buses (!!!) for foreigners, which are obviously more expensive, but I prefer if possible to travel with Laos people. There was just another westerner on the bus. Nothing remarkable to mention about the journey. When we arrived at our destination, just over 3 hours later, I was really pleased to bump into the Israeli couple, Uriah and Keren, who had come to check out bus times for Vientiane. I checked...

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Dec 15, 2005 - My Full-Moon-Birthday-Party in Vang Vieng

FullMoonParties are an institution in the Southern part of Thailand. There, on the islands or wherever a beach is to be found, sometimes thousands of backpackers and Thais party the night away, dancing to thundering electronic Trance-Tunes, having heaps of fun and (the only thing hitting the media) sometimes engage in the overly abuse of certain illegal substances. But why on Earth celebrate the full moon? It may seem that years ago, some over-eager businessmen huddled up to desperately find a reason to throw a party every month and came up...

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Axel in Asia

Nov 10, 2005 - Up the creek without a paddle

Vang Vieng was in many ways what I was expecting it to be, but also nothing like I thought. I had heard it was just a place for tourists, where all there really is to do is go tubing down the river. And that was all pretty much right, but in a really good way! I hadn't expected the scenery to be quite so spectacular though - as you can see from the photos the view at our bungalows was a pretty nice thing to get up to in the morning. It was completely touristy, but I hadn't really been anywhere too touristy for a really long time, so I...

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Oct 7, 2005 - Vang Vieng

Hi again, So our bus ride to Vang Vieng wasn't too bad. Lao roads certainly are not the best and we had a few moments where we held our breath, still it definitely beat taking a speed boat. Vang Vieng is a very interesting town. It's a mandatory stop for all travellers through Laos and might just be the most relaxed place on earth. Tubing on the river, renting motorbikes exploring the countryside, and lying down on your back eating pizza and watching the TV show 'Friends' are pretty much what you do in V.V. ...and it's great! Luke and I got...

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Oct 1, 2005 - Vang Vieng

Having left Luang Prabang by VIP bus, which turned out to be less comfortable than the local buses, we arrived in Vang Vieng after a 6 hour journey over the mountains.... I thought it was very picturesque., but Graham was dying to get to flat ground since the roads weren't the best, and the mountains were steep enough. This road is known as Route 13 and over the years buses have been ambushed by guerillas and the tourists murdered, but nowadays an armed guard travels the bus with you. He had an AK wrapped in a piece of material, ready to...

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Sep 27, 2005 - Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng lies on the banks of the Mekong river. The Mekong is a big river (tenth biggest in the world I think I read) which eventually reaches the sea in Vietnam...that's a long way away from here. Vang Vieng is a really pretty little places surrounded by mountains and caves and paddy fields and little villages with bamboo hut houses. It's almost unimaginable to think what Vang Vieng would have looked like 20 years ago...or even 5 years ago. Lao only allowed tourists in in 1989 but since then certain little places that are on the...

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Sep 5, 2005 - Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is GREAT!!! Yesterday I arrived in Vang Vieng and immediately went tubing. That is the #1 "thing to do" here. A "tuk-tuk" (3 wheeled motorcycle taxi) takes you 2km up the river and you float down. There are several places to stop and hang out along the way, but it was late so I just floated. I met a nice girl from Oregon (Regina). We had dinner. Today I went on a kayaking and caving trip. We started with some kayaking and then arrived at this neat cave. You sit in an inner-tube and pull yourself along the water using a rope that...

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Aug 30, 2005 - Beautiful views and a nearly severed toe in Vang Vieng

We chose a local bus to make our way up to Vang Vieng, a mere 150 kilometers from Vientiane. We had missed this kind of travel after feeling a bit like cattle being herded up the coast of Vietnam in tourist buses which lacked any authentic culture or pulse. Sounds strange that a dirty, hot, rickety bus whose seats are crammed to their capacity and then some could be at all enticing. But it is just so exhilarating, and it makes a 4 hour bus ride, that on a tourist bus could be 2.5 hours, seem so worth it. Luckily we got to the station early,...

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Jul 26, 2005 - Vang Vieng

Arrived at Vang Vieng and stunned by the gorgeous scenery we're surrounded with. So beautiful and tranquil too. Vang Vieng is a good place with loads of activities to do. Tubing, kayaking, swimming etc etc etc Good fun!!! Theres a main road with a trip of Guesthouses and restaurants. 2 restaurants play Friends ALL DAY and there are a surprising number of people who lounge in front of the big screen all day!!! Why do they come travelling?! and why Friends??!

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Jul 17, 2005 - Vang Vieng

Perhaps falling into the backpacker cliche, I spent the time here with the traveller group and sampled much Beer Lao and the tubing experience (the two go together quite nicely). Vang Vieng is small tourist town surrounded by mountains and the Mekong. Tubing is perhaps its best known activity for the traveller and consists of getting in a tuk tuk with a large tractor tyre inner tube, being dropped off a point on the Mekong, sitting in your tube and floating down the river. Initally I thought very calm and peaceful until we got round the...

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