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Dec 30, 2004 - Vangvieng

kolejna miescowosc, mniejsza przez co polowe populacji stanowia turysci :/ podobaloby mi sie tutaj bardziej gdyby nie to, ze spodziewalem sie czegos innego. glowna ulica sklada sie z kilkudziesieciu knajpek, co druga oferuje rozne wycieczki (kajaki itp). inna sprawa, ze niektore sa calkiem sympatyczne: lawy z poduszkami ('tak jak w rzymie'), santana, dym marihuany... no i stosunkowo tanio, 1/2 - 1/3 cen w polsce (= 1/10 cen w drozszych czesciach europy). jesli chodzi o ceny to wydaje mniej wiecej tyle co w pd chinach tyle, ze standard...

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pokryfka-azja0405

Dec 26, 2004 - Vang Vieng

over 6 hours on a windy road mountains up and down to get to Vang Vieng. I stayed at les jardins riverside bungalows (cute and quiet bamboo bungalows for 4 $ at the river) ***************************************** I m not affected at all by the terrible tidal wave Tsunami disaster that killed thousands of people last night in the south of asia ! ***************************************** the natural beauty of Vang Vieng is outstanding - breathtaking limestone karst scenery that dwarfs the small town. Relaxing hang outs at the Nam Xong...

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Dec 13, 2004 - Vang Vieng et Luang Prabang

Apres, Tad Lo dans le plateau des Bolovens, nous prenons la route pour Vang Vieng au nord de Vientiane. Vang Vieng est un peu comme Pushkar en Inde, un repère de « jeunes » cherchant à faire la fête. Le coin est également connu pour ses fameuses grottes abritant des bouddhas. Nous filons ensuite à Luang Prabang. La route montagneuse pour y accéder est magnifique et comme c'est le nouvel an h'mong (minorité ethnique du nord du Laos), on voit tout le long de la route des jeunes filles costumées de façon traditionnelle. A cette occasion, les...

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Dec 11, 2004 - Vang Vieng - Kop chai lai lai...lai lai lai...(thank you v much)

After the chilled out few days we tore ourselves away from Luang Prabang in the fear that we would end up spending the next 8 months there if we didn't go now! We got a minibus to Vang Vieng, south from Luang Prabang and also on the Mekong. Thankfully another boat journey to our next destination was out of the question. It soon became apparent that it was a journey full of bends. It was obvious after the adept (read crazy, manic, reckless - you get the idea!) cornering adopted by the minivan driver. We were thankful for the 2 stops - one...

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global_adventure

Nov 20, 2004 - Vang Vieng

Today since I had some days to kill before taking a plane to Cambodia (a story in itself) I decided to go to Vang Vieng where there are some nice caves beside the Nam Song river. It was another bus ride over similar terrain as the other day. The trip was about 6 hours with most of it on twisty road similar to highway 33 North of Ojai. The bus drivers are slightly insane so you often need to hold on to stay in your seats. Liberal use of the horn clears cows, water buffalo, goats, pigs, dogs, small children and other vehicles out of the way....

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Nov 16, 2004 - Laos / Vang vieng

In Vang Vieng hadden wij een bungalowtje met een fantastisch uitzicht op water en bergen. Zeer mooie setting. Een dag een fiets gehuurd en een aantal grotten bekeken die hier vollop aanwezig zijn.Ook hebben wij hier een traktorband gehuurd en werden vervolgens met een tuk tuk stroomopwaarts vervoerd en konden wij de rivier afzakken in de tube. De tocht duurde ongeveer drie uur en onderweg kon je bier kopen en dan mocht je gratis vanuit een boom in het water springen of van een zelfgebouwde duikplank duiken. Aan het eind van de rit was...

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Sep 25, 2004 - Waterfalls, nights out and down to Vang Vieng

We had a lovely night out that evening - though Kim and I stayed out rather late at another guesthouse. We didn't know there was a curfew at ours and had a highly entertaining time trying to break in over the gate. We eventually managed to rouse someone to open the door. From then on we were rather more careful about finding out about the rules! The day after my last entry Amy, Becky, Claire and Kirsty headed off very early for the Plain of Jars to see these mysterious objects. I don't know much about them other than that they are large...

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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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Our Big Adventure

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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