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Jan 1, 2004 - Vang Vieng

A four hour bus trip on a road that was perhaps sealed some time last century brought us to Vang Vieng, a little town on the Mekong. The surroundings were magnificent. It reminded me in fact of Halong Bay in Vietnam in that huge limestone mountians rose from nowhere in sheer cliffs to which trees and plant life clung and climbed amazingly. The difference was there was no water. The next day we got up early bought bread from a little man on a bicycle ringing his bell to bring the people out from their homes to buy their daily supply. Then...

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Nov 26, 2002 - Viang Vieng

Viang Vieng is a small village on a river amongst Karst limestone hills. Very popular with travellers just for hanging out in. We walked a bit in the area, mostly along the river and to nearby caves, of whihc there were many. Best was a very bumpy ride on a trailer pulled by a motorised plough out to see some caves nearby, where Heather also had a swim. The caves were huge, with this buddha in the middle, very atmospheric. We didn't have a guide to take us through the caverns, so just went around the big ones. The limestone was very slippy...

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