Laos – Vang Vieng

Oh Vang Vieng – What a tourist destination! The WHOLE little city of Vang Vieng was foreigners! No locals – it is 100% tourist! It was built by foreigners it remains for foreigners. But, none the less, it is so much fun!

I jump in one of the vans in Vang Vieng, the inner tubes strapped to the roof, and make my way about 20 minutes upriver to bar number one.

There is a river, with beautiful mountains surrounding, and you can lazily tube down the river. The river is lined with multiple bars that have giant diving boards, rope swings to go into the water, giant water slides, ziplines and mud volleyball!

My first venture is to climb the giant tree swing. So up I go – up up up, as the tree wobbles and I question the safety of what I am about to do. I get to the top – there is the tree swing. I grab on with hold hands, the boy up there tells me to bend my knees deep and just drop off. It takes me a few bends and a couple of words of reassurance in my head before I finally step off. Swing Swing Swing – back and forth I go before eventually dropping into the brown murky water below! 

From a drink at one bar to the 15 second float to the next bar. This is the general pattern of play for the first few hours; float to a new bar, have a couple of beers, and play on the swings. Maybe have a game of volleyball on the mud court. Whatever you fancy – it is an adult’s playground here – and it is meant to be enjoyed like we are kids again! Kids who can drink!

One of the last bars on down the river has a massive tiled slide – you climb up, there is a man holding a hose spraying water down the kitchen tile so you do not burn your butt – you slide on down at rapid speeds – and it spits you miles into the air, and over the people on tubes, before you drop into the water. It is such a rush!

Vang Vieng is a safe enough destination – if you do not drink to the excess or partake in the plethora of drugs available in every store, restaurant, and street corner. By drugs, I mean Marijuana, Mushrooms, and Opium. Readily available. Be advised: Drugs are available – but frequently once consumed, the dealer will call the police, and you will pay a HUGE fine which is split between the dealer and the policeman instead of you being departed.  If you drink excessively – be careful around the water – swimming becomes very difficult while intoxicated. Be Warned.

On the second day – after our arms were tired from paddling on the tube – we rented motor bikes and headed to the surrounding mountains to go cave sight seeing. We went to the elephant cave – in the photo there is stalactites that look like an elephant! Then we went into another cave which was 5 km deep! It is pitch black, scary, and you can feel the weight of the mountain surrounding you as you walk deeper and deeper and start to lose your sense of direction with no natural light reaching you! Later we headed to the WATER cave. You sit on a tube and pull yourself by a rope into the cave and then paddle around with your little headlamp on your forehead! It is a great experience, but there are unknown things in the water that sometimes run against your butt, feet, and hands and you are paddling your way into the cave. It is better to just not think about what it could be until AFTER you finish.

All and all – a wonderful time in Vang Vieng!


Laos – Vientiane

Hello Friendfolk!

How do you say Hello in Laos?? Im not sure I only speak basic Thai!! haha Although the languages are similar – with my terrible Thai accent – they simply though I was Crazy 😉 No Problem there – they are getting the fast track version of me!! 😀

So me and my friend Aung went to Laos for 5 days as a little Vacay! WOot! Aung is from Thailand and I met her in Taiwan at the conference APXLDS! She is SUPER DUPER!!

So we took a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG overnight bus ride up to the border../…lucky for me I bought a lovely CLOUDZ pillow on my flight over to Asia, so I brought it on the bus and slept like a baby with NO neck cramps in the morning! Horray for me! I cannot say the same for Aung sadly 😦

So we hung around Vientiane for a day looking at pretty temples of gold deliciousness and then, since Laos was previously a French colony….we ATE BAGUETTES AND CHEESE!! MMMMMMMMMM!! YOu dont realize how delicious bread and cheese is until you dont have it in your life anymore!!!

We also somewhat – sorta – kinda went to Paris for a day!! well actually not – but there is an Arc de Triompe in Vientiane that was never fully finished but for the most part its a pretty sight!!!
So it was a fantastic day wandering around!