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May 16, 2010 - Vang Vieng

I was told by many people that Vang Vieng was a must visit place but I really wasn't impressed by it. It is a small village in the most amazing of settings, surrounded by impressive jagged green peaks, and I can see why it would be a popular stop on the journey through Laos. But in my opinion it has been the victim of its own success. I imagine it was a great place before it became so popular but to me it was just a really rough around the edges resort town. There are tacky bars all over and drunken tourists staggering about at all hours....

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Mar 16, 2010 - Vang Vieng

Na zes uur slingerwegen door de bergen, in een lokale bus, komen we aan in Vang Vieng. De plaats om te feesten in Laos. Het eerste wat we zien zijn barretjes en TV-bars. Het zijn bars waar je 'Friends' of 'Family guy' kunt kijken. Wij gaan eerst naar het guesthouse waar we Tjardo weer zien. Er zijn hier veel Nederlanders, met een paar trekken we de komende dagen op. Overdag 'tubed' iedereen hier, dat houdt in dat er een paar kilometer van Vang Vieng een aantal bars zijn aan een rivier, je tubed dan van de ene naar de andere bar. Maar wij...

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Mar 9, 2010 - Tubing down the river

It's only been a little over a day since my last update, but I figured I would write again while I had the time. After updating yesterday, I switched hotels from my first night in Vang Vieng. I had arrived kind of late Sunday night and most places stated that they were full for the night so I had to get a $12 room for the first night. The next morning (Monday) I walked around town and bit and scouted out cheaper rooms and ended up finding one for $4. Nothing special, but it had a bed and a shower so what more can I ask? At my new hotel I...

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Kelly in Vietnam

Mar 8, 2010 - Vang Vieng.

8 Mars. After almost one and a half week in Nong Khai, it is time to leave. It is with mixed feelings I do this. This was my third visit to Nong Khai and Pantawee Hotel and there I really feel that I am home. However it is time to leave. With the experience from last time, that I crossed the Thai-Lao Bridge no 1. This time I had help to do all the documentations, in a hope to cross the Thai-Lao border easier. Nothing wrong with the documents, but it took an awful long time to pass the border. And in my mind, the Lao authorities have not...

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Nov 30, 2009 - R&R in the most beautiful country

We were sad to leave the cute town of Luang Prabang but we knew we need to move on, so we made the 6 hr bus ride to Vang Vieng with Verity and Carrie-Anne. Still completely at awww of the beautiful landscape of Laos we spent the first 4 hrs with our forehead stuck to the window trying to take it all in. The big public bus wineded through the most beautiful mountains. Along side the road were small villages with their traditional huts made from Bamboo in a cris-cross pattern. They were adorable!!!! After about 4 hrs our bladders were...

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Nov 26, 2009 - project...

arrived in luang prabang today...we're in a specky hotel :) got the community project starting tomorrow so I want have much time to email after this. Laos is PRETTY AS all green and foresty. i love it. there are millions of cows walking the streets and chooks and cute kids. the driving windy road through the mountainswas sickening!!! my back hurts alread!!!! not really. made lots of new friends so i'm happy :):):) speak to you hopefully next week :) miss you loads xoxoxoxoxoxoXoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox AMY

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Nov 22, 2009 - Vang Vieng - Vientiane

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....

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Southeast Asia 2009

Oct 26, 2009 - Getting the Tube

I finally managed to haul my sorry-ass, beachbum behind off Ko Phan-Ngan. I was very comfortable and relaxed, but had the the nagging worry I may become symbiotic with my hammock if I stayed much longer - a hummock (that's a human-hammock for those not in with the portmanteau lingo). I had plans to go across to the west islands, Ko Phi Phi and Phuket, but the monsoon season was threatening and the islands were pretty quiet, so I decided to give myself at least 6 weeks to do the Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia circuit and booked an overnight bus...

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Sep 27, 2009 - Laos

Well I have been so very slack with keeping up with the trip journal this time and now I have to try to think back to what we have done and I know I will miss out on so many important things and it wont be my usual passionate style of writing, but I know most of you just like looking at the pictures anyway! So we had been to Laos on our last trip and enjoyed it so much we decided to go back to our favourite spots, Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng. When we finally arrived into Luang Prabang, after our epic bus journey! One of the first things we...

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Sep 17, 2009 - Kayaking the Nam Song

We're in Vang Vieng now, which is about a 6 hour bus ride south of Luang Prabang. And what a bus ride it is! The scenery alone was worth the money for the bus. Plus there were only 8 people on the bus, 4 of which were working for the bus company. We drove through river valleys, misty mountain tops and rural villages along one of the 'crookedest' highways I've ever been on. Laos has got to be one of, if not, the most beautiful countries I've ever been too. It's also one of the most laid back and friendly. Vang Viang is most famous for...

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Jun 20, 2009 - Vang Vieng

Well, what can I say, I mean who really believed that Garreth's bad luck would hold off for the entire trip? He's sprained his ankle... ohhhh Garreth... The bus trip from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng was uneventful and quite painless actually, and Vang Vieng is touristy but amazingly beautiful. From our $10/night riverside bungalow we have amazing views of the tubers floating by and the giant limestone (I think?) karsts across the river. I got some really nice sunset shots last night. Anyways, so the famous things here to do are tubing,...

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Apr 10, 2009 - Vang Vieng, Laos

We bought "VIP" bus tickets to take us from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. This is funny only because the VIP Bus is not what you would expect. With our luggage strapped to the roof and the bus windows open for air conditioning we were both in great spirits - tuned into our iPods, eating soda crackers and loving Laos and life. About halfway through the six hour trip we watched in shock as the bus' left rear tire flew off, passed the bus and took out the side of the upcoming bridge. There was no fixing the tire so we sat stranded by the roadside...

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