Thailand & Laos 08-09 travel blog

Arriving in Vang Vieng - relief from a sore butt!

Alan in Vang Vieng

Barber shop

Cave Buddha (Tham Phu Kham)

Avoiding the bridge toll of about 20p

Tarzan in Vang Vieng

The view from our guesthouse

The Nam Song river

Travelling can be tough!

Relief for the butt!

So, after an overnight pitstop, we arrived in Vang Vieng, a most untypical Lao town inhabited by the backpacker crowd who lounge, horizontal and spaced out on cushions in the myriad of cafes which offer an unrelenting diet of 'Friends' and 'Cheers' re-runs on big screens whilst serving up "Happy Pizza" laced with various substances such as opium ... weird. Needless to say, we did NOT partake, preferring instead to explore the surrounding countryside which offers the most beautiful limestone karst mountains, and the usual caves and waterfalls. My fitness training got underway with a steep climb to one of these caves, Tham Phu Kham, but rewarded richly with a cathedral-like interior and reclining golden Buddha. Some fairly serious vertical scrambling back down encouraged Alan to take a refreshing dip in the 'Blue Lagoon' at the base.

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