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Jul 10, 2005 - Vang Vieng

Arrived in the chill out hippy enclave of Vang Vieng and were instantly taken for a ride in a tuk-tuk, as in charged a load off money for nothing ($2 for a 45 second journey!!!) Anyway the intention was to do a bit of tubing on the beautiful river here before heading onto Luang Prabang, alas we weren't feeling to well, especially Karen so it's on our list of things to do when we get back there some day. The journey alone though was worth it as the scenery in Laos is just stunning! We did bump into the Swedish/Norwegian contingent from Hoi...

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Jul 4, 2005 - Vang Vieng

We decided to make a stop on our way from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. The entire trip is about 12 hours on a bus, on a famously winding, vertiginous and nauseating road. Very high, very twisty, and I think there was a guard rail somewhere. It seemed to be the way to go, however. Road travel proceeds at a pace of about 30 kph. But river traffic is worse. There are 2 choices here, both involving boats on the Mekong. Slow boats take 2 or 3 days to travel between towns. The boats are narrow low wooden affairs, with a low unpadded wooden stool...

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Jun 29, 2005 - Vang Vieng

Travel day down to Vang Vieng (VV)so packed all our stuff into the minibus that was going to take us to VV, I was just about to sit down into this big comfy chair when I was told that it was being reserved for the drivers maand two other people. So they then pointed to this crappy chair behind it, which had no leg room, I would just be able to fit my arse on it and the back of the chair stopped at about my chest. So I said you can fuck right off if your thinking Im gonna ride in that for the 6 hourtrip to VV. So everyone bailed on the...

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Jun 29, 2005 - Vang Vienh

Vang Vienh is a tiny settlement North of Vientiane but its beautiful. Tomorrow I'm going to go kayaking down the river to see some caves that were rebel hideouts and are now shrines. Its so chilled out here its lovely compared to the manic South East Asian cities. No tuk-tuks at all...

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Jun 8, 2005 - Vang Vieng

It was even more of a wrench to leave Luang Prabang as we knew that our next destination would in no way be it's equal. Vang Vieng has basically grown up around the backpacker community who come here to smoke drugs, watch videos and go tubing. Still in spite of that we were told that it was a place that we had to visit, so we thought that we'd give it a go. Our first impressions were not favourable. The bus stopped in the middle of a thunder storm in what seemed to be the middle of nowhere, but which was in fact Vang Vieng's main bus...

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May 19, 2005 - Vang Vieng caving

The heat made us feel lazy again today. We spent the morning lying in hammocks in the shade reading. Not very interesting I am afraid. We did manage to peel ourselves out of the hammocks at around midday and headed into town to hire a tuk tuk to take us to a cave with a lagoon next to it. Had the usual fun bartering the price down with the driver and once we had agreed on $1 per person for the round trip we were off. At a snails pace. Our vehicle was driven by a lawnmower engine. As the bridge over the river is under construction we found...

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May 17, 2005 - On to Vang Vieng

Although reluctant to leave our friendly GH we caught a VIP bus to Vang Vieng this morning. When buying our tickets we found it interesting that to travel VIP was cheaper than to go in a minibus. The bus was certainly nothing special but it did have fully working seats and occasionally the driver would put on the air conditioning. Not that VIP afterall then. We had imagined on board food and drinks, a recent movie maybe, comfy reclining seats. Nevertheless it was a nice journey with interesting scenery along a road that seemed to wind all...

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May 17, 2005 - Vang Vieng

Spent a few days relaxing in this beautiful village by a river surrounded by huge limestone cliffs and caves. We enjoyed floating downriver on inner tube tyres and jumping off high rocks and trees into the deeper parts. Chris was particularly lured by the offer of, "jump and Beer Laos for free!" from the locals. The caves were spectaular; full of stalactites and refreshing COOL lagoons of turquoise water flowing from the cliffs. The Laotians are very friendly and relaxed. Vang Vien seems to be gearing up for 18yr old Brit gap year students...

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May 15, 2005 - Laos - Vientiane to Vang Vieng

We spent most of today wandering around the capital. In going to the top of Patuxia, we realized just how small Vientiane really is. No smog or towering skyscrapers. No congested highways or urban sprawl. It was just green and lush with small pockets of civilization. After this, we wandered north on the Laos version of the "Automile" - now we know where the foreigners buy their SUVs - and ended up at Pha That Luang. The "Great Sacred Stupa" is the most important national monument in Laos and is a symbol of both Buddhism and Laos...

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May 4, 2005 - Vang Vieng

This is a stop off town on the way to Vientiane (Laos capital) and to quote the guidebook' not much to do here except tubing down the river'-so that's what we went off to do! Tubing was Ok but highlights were the swings, jumps and trapeze from the side into the water, some of which from a great height. Other than a bit of sunburn but no major injuries to date. The scenery here is spectacular-limestone mountains and cliffs covered in lush green. We are also staying in a bamboo hut-although this oneis probably 5-star as bamboo huts go-a...

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Apr 18, 2005 - Vang Vieng, Laos

We spent only one day in Vientienne, the capital of Laos, as there's not much to see there. Next we went 3 hours north to Vang Vieng, which is a beautiful village on a pretty river lined with limestone cliffs. It's turned into a backpackers haven, with all the restaurants serving pizza and showing DVDs and episodes of Friends. The day we arrived was the first day of the Lao New Year festival, which lasts for four days and mainly consists of everyone throwing buckets of water on each other. It was treacherous when we had our packs with us,...

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Apr 17, 2005 - Vang Vieng

Yet another bloody mini-bus!! And true to every other bloody bus that we've climbed aboard, this one wasn't going anywhere until every seat was taken, including the ones that fold down into the aisle. As a result, our getting up early to be the first there and claim the premium seats was an exercise in futility. With everyone aboard, and the co-driver sitting on a plastic stool in the stairwell, we were ready to go. All aboard had a good laugh at the expense of the co-driver, but about an hour into the trip we realised that at least he...

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