|Its been a couple of days since I last posted. Leslie and I crossed over into Laos and had a really good french lunch in the capital city of Vientiane. Then took a bus for the three and a half hour trip to Vang Vieng. Laos has some really nice country. It was a good bus ride and the first time on trip where I encountered the locals eating bugs.
At one of the stops there were some guys having a beer and snacking on grasshoppers. They were happy to share with all the tourist on the bus. Leslie and I had a beer and sampled the grasshoppers. They were not bad, a little crunchy with a bit of spice.
Once we got to town we check into a guest house and then toured the town. It is a small up and coming tourist town. There are a lot of activities during the day and the night life kicks in as soon as the sun sets. We met a couple of western girls that were working a one of the many bars. They had been in Vang Vieng for three months and had missed their flight home. They were having a good time and were not going to worry about it.
We were having issues planing an activity for the next day because the last bus back to Vientiane departed at 3 pm and we did not think we could get back to town from a river float or rafting trip in time to get back. Then we found a kayaking trip from Vang Vieng to Vientiane. The next morning we walked around town and then kayaked back to Vientiane.
Once in Vientiane, we had dinner and crossed back to Thailand. We spent the night in Udon Thani and caught a flight back to Bangkok. We are now waiting to catch the flight to Hong Kong.