Village of Sin and the captial of Laos
I've been a bit slack on keeping up to date on these and I'd like to blame the shoddy net in Cambodia but...actually, that'll do ha.
So back to Luang Prabang for a quick reunion with the Spaniards and then onto Vang Vieng, the village of sin! I'm gonna make it sweet and just give you some pics for LP ;p
I decided to go to the water fall this time… I was not disappointed. They also had Bears there, dunno why but hey, they seemed comfy hanging in a hammock... At the bottom of the waterfall there was this track and I could not help but have to climb it as it did become a bit of a climb...I mean...what if it was amazing up there! I could not let that pass and find out later... this is all i got
I love the tuktuk's in Laos, they are so colourful! The way home...
So the way out started off badly with an avalanche that set us back only really 40 minutes or so, which really was quite impressive...but I think they had been there a while before us. The army looked more intent on how they looked Finally we continue on and do a stop off for food and toilet..I enjoy the view...
Next was vang Vieng! Now I had heard a lot of stories before getting here and had allready judged that I was not going to stay here long not being in the party mood. Also the stories I heard from many a traveller involving Australians dieing, to which I answer it is just Australians are easily lead astray with our carefree attitude, mostly by the Dutch I should add by my experience (Bas!:p) lol. Here is what the place looks like So now that you know the layout of the place let me tell you how it all works. So Vang Vieng is pretty lawless. A south east Asia western town with a bought off sheriff, acting on the behalf of the towns bar'n'hotel owner. The place is full of restaurants with "happy" menu's. What this involves is some phsycadelic additive (Usually magic mushrooms) added pretty much to any food or beverage you want too. As I mentioned previously, there are a lot of stories with Australians dieing(others nationalities also I'm sure). This is due to NOT drinking with any moderation at all whilst floating in a big tyre tube down the Mekong river. Here is the place you get your allocated tube After this you are responsible on keeping this tube and returning with it or pay the loss of tube cost which is like $5. May not seem much but it is a lot here and really, the people that steal them (local kids) are in on it all and I'm sure get a commission of sorts, many a time I had to yell threats in order to get it returned (Not that I'd be able to swim at that stage, hence why people die!). So the thing is when you get to the river you tube/float and then get pulled in by numerous bars on the riverside which as thier first order of business is to make you swig a bottle of Loa Loa whiskey...which is disgusting but free all over...because it's disgusting. So you can imagine that with this and also drinking buckets of spirits that you become pretty inebriated, pretty quickly. At the bars they have these zip lines out into the water which are another reason why people die, there are dangerous rocks all over under the water people crack their heads on. I remember seeing a sign say something like "If you jump you will die...seriously...we love you." but if you decide to jump or go to do so they will do nothing to deter you. I guess the sign is clause enough for deniability of harm?!
So I had said that I would not do tubing after the first night. By the way our bungalow was RIGHT next to the bar, you can see here in this pic That is us on the furthest right You can see how close we were :/
Anyhow, I ended up tubeing the next day and from what Ive told you you can pretty much fill in the blanks of what happened....no really...fill in the blanks because I don't remember much having woken up on the river in the morning with no memory of how I got there and having to find my way back "home". The thing to remember is that I woke up with my kidneys within my body!
So after that I was pretty much a zombie, which is great because that is what Vang Vieng caters too. You see they understand that after a hard night and waking up on bamboo on the riverside you need to veg out but still keep the vitals going with the mundane things like eating and drinking. Here enters the restaurants of VV. Maybe it's best you just see them first but they don't come with bad views... VV has amazingly beautiful scenery Anyhow what the first picture there of the restaurant shows is TV screens and lie down tables. They have Friends and Family Guy running 24/7 on the TV screens there so that you can veg ouot and dribble on the floor in TV bliss. I might say now that the people serving you seem like they'd rather stab you cut you up and serve you to the next vegetable that comes in the door.
Anyhow I decided to leave sooner rather than later onto to Vientiane the Capital of Laos! I'm not gonna lie, it was'nt thaaat interesting but here are some pics from roaming about... These are everywhere, they are for the spirits so they have a place to stay. Someone important I'm sure. ... So Vientiane had a lot of storms when I was there, seemed to be like clockwork. One night there was a particularly big electrical storm so I went out on the balcony to try and get a lightning capture. I was very surprised AND lucky to of gotten this pic!
So Vientiane was pretty uneventful on a blog scale, but I did some things saw some stuff... it was really good...