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Sep 14, 2004 - Vang Vieng

We spent 7 days in this Travellers' haven. We arrived by bus from Luang Prabang and by all accounts we were lucky to make it in 1 day as others told us they had been trapped enroute by mud slides blocking the only road through this raw and untouched countryside. The scenery was spectaular, we drove through villages, limestone karsts, mountains and valleys for more than 6 hours. We had read it was supposed to be beautiful but the views exceeded our expectations. The scale of the mountains and the colours were overwhelming. It's unlike...

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Jul 20, 2004 - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng

We caught a tuk tuk to the bus station at about 07:00, this gave us an hour before the bus was to leave, we were the first to buy tickets, and though it would give us a bit of time to get some food. After sitting down and having a drink and ordering some take away sandwiches for the journey, we realised that the bus was filling up quick...Dave, Shaun and I made a dash for it and managed to get the last 5 seats, one less than required, so Shaun and louise spent the 5 hour journey swapping seats and a position on the floor. When we got to...

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Jul 15, 2004 - Laos

I took a bus to Laos. Just a short jump across the boarder from Hanoi to Vientiane; it took 24 hours. The air-conditioning was broken and by the end of the trip the smell of body odour hung in the air like a weight. The trip was not completely uneventful. Just before we crossed the boarder the bus stopped for about three hours in the middle of the night. As we stopped, about 15 Vietnamese men emerged from the various shadows and started loading up every empty section of the bus, and some not so empty sections, with all kinds of weird...

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Jul 10, 2004 - Outdoor Fun (Vang Vieng, Laos)

Vang Vieng is a small, small town mainly built up out of backpacker ecotourism nestled along a river and in between spectacular limestone karsts. From anywhere on the few streets in town, one could see the limestone karsts towering nearby. Once again we opted for bungalows, and it just so happened that having these cheaper accomadations actually made for amazing views as they were situated right on the river, right at the base of a large wall of limestone karsts, and just enough out of town to be a get away, but not enough to be a hassle....

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Feb 11, 2004 - Vang Vieng, small town on the scenic Nam Song river

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...

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Jan 1, 2004 - Vang Vieng

A four hour bus trip on a road that was perhaps sealed some time last century brought us to Vang Vieng, a little town on the Mekong. The surroundings were magnificent. It reminded me in fact of Halong Bay in Vietnam in that huge limestone mountians rose from nowhere in sheer cliffs to which trees and plant life clung and climbed amazingly. The difference was there was no water. The next day we got up early bought bread from a little man on a bicycle ringing his bell to bring the people out from their homes to buy their daily supply. Then...

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Nov 26, 2002 - Viang Vieng

Viang Vieng is a small village on a river amongst Karst limestone hills. Very popular with travellers just for hanging out in. We walked a bit in the area, mostly along the river and to nearby caves, of whihc there were many. Best was a very bumpy ride on a trailer pulled by a motorised plough out to see some caves nearby, where Heather also had a swim. The caves were huge, with this buddha in the middle, very atmospheric. We didn't have a guide to take us through the caverns, so just went around the big ones. The limestone was very slippy...

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