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Feb 13, 2011 - Vang Vieng...with many, many a falang!

We head north via bus to Vang Vieng...leaving 1 hour later than scheduled, arriving 2 hours later than scheduled. We have learned by now NEVER TO plan activities for days we travel as inevitably, we end up not being able to execute the plans because bus travel is always long and frequently, exhausting. We have been warned in particular about bus travel in Laos but actually, the road was not too bad...mostly paved and not too windy. Vang Vieng's main attraction is its dramatic setting. Limestone cliffs provide a stunning backdrop along the...

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Jan 29, 2011 - Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

We spent the rest of the time in Luang Prabang visiting the temples, eating at the night market, hiring motorbikes and riding an incredibly stubborn elephant. John purchased some gut-rot Lao whiskey with a cobra stuffed in it. Nightly we watched the sunset over the Mekong with a cold Beerlao and fantastic curried coconut fish soup. We left Luang via another puckey bus trip down to the party town of Vang Vieng. This town's claim to fame is tubing down the Mekong visiting makeshift bars, rope swings and the invitingly named "slide of death."...

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Dec 15, 2010 - Vang Vieng

Only made it to Vang Vieng by divine intervention. The bus should have been condemned, it took 1 1/2 hours to actually leave Vientiane and the bus was overbooked. at one point people were sitting on plastic chIrs in the aisle. And it was mosquito central! Finally got there and it was a bit of a party town. We hired bikes and cycled to the Blue Lagoon (a lagoon that is blue - true story!). There's also a massive cave there and to reach it you need climbing gear! Well almost... The weather turned sour in the afternoon in time for us to go...

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Nov 9, 2010 - Vang Vieng

Arrived 9th November Departed 15th November Definitely back on the traveller route now, lots of Westerners around! The laws of Laos obviously don’t stand here as it is clearly a party town. We had a couple of days rest which consisted of eating amazing baguettes whilst laying on cushions in bars watching Family Guy. Great preparation for our first day ‘tubing’. Those of you who have been will understand but this is not like anything I’ve ever experienced. It would NEVER happen in the UK, or most other countries to be fair, as it is the most...

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Sep 15, 2010 - Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng was never considered when drawing up our planned itinerary. Indeed it only came to our attention through chatting to other travelers. It lies between Luang Prabang, and the capital, Vientiane. If you typed Vang Vieng into Google the very next word that will come up will be “tubing”. From researching the place in Lonely Planet it appeared to be famous for the nightlife and the tubing. So we squeezed two days of it into our plans. Upon arriving in the town it seemed nothing special. It was raining, and the town seemed very quiet....

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Aug 12, 2010 - Vang Vieng

Today was one of the days I had been looking forward to the whole trip. Tubing down the river in Vang vieng, its what everybody does when they come here. As it only takes a few hours, well one if you dont stop on the way, there was no rush to get out of bed this morning. We woke and Angie was still feeling under the weather, we had a lazy morning and put off the tubing till midday, in the hope that Angie would feel up to it. As it turned out she was still feeling far to fragile at that point to get into a tyre, float down the river and...

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Aug 11, 2010 - Vang Vieng

Today we woke to the worst weather so far on the trip. The rain was pouring down when we got up and kept on all morning, just relented and allowed the blue sky to appear as we got into Vang Vieng. We were picked up from the hotel at 9.50am to get the bus that left Vientiane at 10.00am. After picking a few other people up we got to the bus station at 10.05, luckily the bus was still there, unluckily it was still there 20 minutes later. We left the bus station at 10.25, sped long for 10 minutes, then sat waiting for another group to join the...

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Aug 8, 2010 - Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng, die Khao San Road von Laos und in den letzten Jahren zu einem Backpackerzentrum der schlimmsten Art geworden. Die traumhafte Umgebung verdient diese Art von Touristen nicht und diese hohlraumversiegelten Horden von dauerbesoffenen Englaendern, Australiern und Amis verdienen es nicht in einer solchen Natur zu sein. Die Stadt selbst hat reineweg gar nichts zu bieten. Zwei etwas groessere staubige Strassen und ein paar Querstrassen mit Guesthouses, Kneipen, Restaurants und ramschigen Laeden. Was den Reiz ausmacht ist die...

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Aug 8, 2010 - vang vieng and tubing

arrived in vang vieng yesterday after a 6 hour trip seemingly going up and down 1 mountain after another. amazing place, the town is a bit dingy but the scenery is outta this world. as i said last time, i went tubing today and it wasn't as bad as i expected, was actually quite good fun, tho had a few moments when i thought i may die!! can't really decide what i think, apart from wishing i was here 2 years ago when it was all about the tubing, whereas now its all about drinking, which is great for a tee totaller!! must have been the only...

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Jun 9, 2010 - Vang Vieng

Jour 36 Nous avons pris un bus de nuit direction Vang vieng où nous arrivons à 4 heures 30 du matin sur le bord d'une route. Difficile de savoir exactement où nous sommes et où nous devons aller!! Nous finissons par trouver une guesthouse pour nous repérer. Le problème, c'est qu'elles sont souvent 3 à porter le même nom et là, pas de bol c'est le cas. Après avoir parcouru la ville en travers et réveiller 3 veilleurs de guesthouse, nous trouvons notre bonheur au fin fond de la ville, de l'autre cote du pont. Des bungalows en plein jardin, au...

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May 25, 2010 - Vang Vieng

On the 24th we had a 6 hour coach ride from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng the next stop on our trip. We spent most of the journey playing cards and after checking in went for a walk around the town. It's seen to be the party town of Laos but is unusually quiet due to the problems in Bangkok. The following day a few of us from the group headed out for a days tubing in a cave and kayaking which ended up being rather good fun. We were picked up and taking to a cave around 15km away where you had to get into a big rubber ring and 'tube' your way...

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May 24, 2010 - Vang Vieng

24th May Four hour drive to party central. Were in the most stereotypical student backpacker area. Hugely breathtaking surroundings but every single thing in these few streets is soely geared towards trash tourism. Every other shack is covered in floor tables and cushions, sells happy pizza and plays family guy all day on big screens.  We had lunch, a look around and sorted out our acivitied for tomorrow.  We all went to this one shack for out evening meal which was completely run by one woman. She opens when she wants to takes orders then...

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