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Apr 6, 2009 - Comment se faire siphonner son énergie?

Comment puis-je décrire cet endroit en une seule phrase. Village peuplé de touristes morons sans aucun respect des coutumes du pays englués dans des restos présentant des séries étasuniennes du type Friends, The Simpsons et Family Guy toute la journée. Le paysage est tout de même magnifique. De hautes montagnes se dessinnent au loin et le couché de soleil est ravissant. Nous sommes allé escalader une montagne pour avoir une vue globale de l'endroit. Dans ladite montagne, il y avait une grotte. Dans la grotte, il y avait un Erik qui était en...

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Petit tour d'Asie!!!

Mar 27, 2009 - Vang Vieng

A four hour bus ride from Vientiane found me in Vang Vieng on Tueday afternoon, arriving in the middle of a monsoonal downpour. The drive there was just gorgeous and I can see exactly why so many travellers have been raving to me about the beauty of Laos. The scenery is incredible, very mountainous and completely picturesque. I had made a reservation a a guesthouse earlier as Fran was arriving on a later bus than me and we needed a meeting point. The guesthouse was decidedly dodgy and exceedingly dirty so we spent a night there and moved...

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Taking the Long Way

Mar 26, 2009 - Vang Vieng

I initially wanted to come to Vang Vieng for the tubing, which is basically where all the tourist hop into the inner tubes of tires, float down the river and get drunk at the bars that are dotted ever 20 metres or so. Okay, so I know that sounds horribly touristy, but I was feeling like letting my hair down a little, and speaking to several British tourist, I thought it would be fun! However, on arrival in Vang Vieng, where a gorgeous sunset greeted me from behind the mountains, I was a little appalled by the overcrowded tuk tuks driving...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Mar 12, 2009 - Vang Vieng

So i spent a few more days in Luang Prabang just relaxing and eating some delicious food. After that i hopped on a bus to Phonsavan to check out the mysterious Plain of Jars. Phonsavan is located in an area of the country that was heavily bombed by the Americans during the war. This became pretty evident when guesthouses and restaurants in the town were decorated with bomb shells and various other war scrap. The next morning i set out on a tour to check out the jars. The plain of jars are basically various sites that are littered with these...

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Blair's Travel Blog

Mar 12, 2009 - Vientiane

What a little capital. With something like 500,000 people, it feels very much like a little town rather than the Countries hub. We got into town around noon yesterday and after a quick lunch I did all the site seeing I could handle (41*C is NOT comfortable to walk around in!!). I visited the Presidential Palace, a day market, looked at the Mekong Riverbed (because there is no water because it is so dry here- essentially you could walk across the river to thailand), and to this arc de triumf looking structure. It actually has a good story-...

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Mar 10, 2009 - Veng Viang

Known for it's bars on the rivers, visisted by way of tubing.. this is a very young tourist hot spot for partying. The rest of Laos is still pretty clean from crazy tourists but this spot definately is not. We got into Veng Vieng in the late afternoon from a very windy and unpleasant bus ride (I spent most of my time on Marilyns shoulder due to graval- She's like the grandma of the group). After all cleaning up we went for dinner (because yes, as many of you have pointed out, we do a LOT of eating). We then walked around for a little while...

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Feb 27, 2009 - Vang Vieng

The day starts with an early morning walk to the travel agency to get on the bus to Vang Vieng- what we don't realise it that we haven't changed our clocks over yet and its actually 7:30am not 8:30am..so we have a little time to wonder around and have an English Breakfast... the first and last, always forgetting that an English breakkie in alot of Asia consists of a piece of limp white ham, a deep fried egg and a few chicken frankfurts :) From now on.. I'm sticking to the fruit salad!! We hop into the mini van and get the VIP bus to Vang...

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Feb 21, 2009 - Cave Tubing in Vang Vieng (Laos)

If you ever get the chance to go cave tubing you should give it a try. This is the first time I've seen it. I'm not sure you'd get away with it in the UK or North America for safety/legal reasons. Basically you get an inflated tractor inner tube, a waterproof head lamp, and you're off into the cave. Not a life jacket in sight. The first part of the cave has a rope on which you pull yourself, after that you paddle...... Not sure how deep the water is, didn't really want to know. All reservations aside, once you get inside the cave it is...

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Feb 20, 2009 - Vang Vieng - Tubing down the Nam Song

So, enough of Luang Prabang. Next stop Vang Vieng, which is on the road down to Vientiane. The road to Vang Vieng is wickedly twisting and turning, so again sick bags are vital, and put to good use. The road winds its way into the hills, then back down to Vang Vieng in the valley below. Vang Vieng is set to a backdrop of towering limestone cliffs and hills - classic karst scenery. There is some of the best climbing in south east Asia here, together with caving, kayaking, and one of the must do activities in Laos - tubing down the Nam Song...

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Feb 19, 2009 - Vang Vieng.....backpacker central!!!

Well, we have had a few eventful and a few not so eventful days in Vang Vieng. The town is in a beautiful setting, on the side of a river surrounded by kask mountains. The purpose of this town is for backpackers to get very drunk, float down the river on inner tubes and stop off at bars which have huge slides, zip wire and swings. I would hazard a guess that this will be the least cultural thing we have done, or will do for the rest of the trip. Our first day on the river was great fun, we met some really nice people who were from...

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Feb 14, 2009 - Vang Vieng

Hello, Nous quittons Luang Prabang au petit matin, direction sud, a Vang Vieng. Vang Vieng est une "party town" reputee dans toute l'Asie du sud est, et est une etape incontournable pour tout les backpackers qui se rendent en Asie. Au programme : Tubing, VTT aux alentours de la ville, visite de grottes, baignade dans la riviere et dans un lagon, Kayaking, party ... Nous formons un groupe des le deuxieme jour de 10 personnes de toutes nationalites, et nous ne nous sommes plus quitte pendant 5 jours. Ambiance "baba cool" et fous rire...

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Feb 3, 2009 - Vang Vieng

Quick outline - not in the mood to write much now, so here's the quick: Feb 3rd -1st cave slipped backwards, fell on my ass, got the wind knocked out of me and screwed up my good shoulder (but ok Mom!) Feb 4th -rented bicycle -3 caves -swimming in lagoon -jumped off big tree -visited a few villages Feb 5th -tubing down the Mekong -somewhat of a spring break scene with bars pulling you in on the sides of the river for free shots and to go down zip lines and rope swings into the river -Insane! big backpacker crowd

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