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Feb 17, 2008 - Vang Vieng & Tubing

The journey to Vang Vieng was quite interesting. We were in a small minibus that was hurtling around windy mountain roads at breakneck speeds. The view was incredible and the tiny towns we passed through were extremely interesting, but I ended up getting car sick after a few hours which I really rarely get; such was the twistiness of the road! I was quite relieved when we came down from the mountains into a wide valley and the bus dropped us off at our accommodation. We were staying at a organic farm, a little way out of town (this is...

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Feb 16, 2008 - Vernon in Vang Vieng

14 Feb - Vang Vieng We moved on to Vang Vieng - a delighful little oasis for some activity based interests. Over the next couple of days I would be seen doing stuff never done by me before! Trekking through jungle, caving , tubing down the Nam Song River, river swing jumping from 40 foot into the river, more caving, cycling, a little rock climbing. God, I'm exhausted! But it has been real fun and some adrenalin rush. Can't wait to try kayaking soon and then white water rafting. We are here for 2 days then on to Luang Prabang for some more...

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Feb 15, 2008 - Quick Trip to Vang Vieng

Well, it's been a while since an entry cause we've been diving a lot but we took a recent trip to Vangers in Laos which proved to be an awesome idea for a visa run! Some friends travelled with us and we met some of our first students, Jack and Sara there which was great. We've met a crazy Kiwi living in Melbourne called Dante and Ceilidh the Canadian(kayley) who were the mad bunch on the journey... so here's our story: We headed back to Bangers (Bangkok) first on an overnight train, we spent a day there mooching around and shopping and all...

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Feb 1, 2008 - Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng is a small little town in Laos halfway between Vientiane and Luang Prabang. We heard that it was a great place to go to go tubing, kayaking, hiking, and exploring the caves. The town itself was very small! Only about 4 blocks by 2 blocks. Other than that, all there was were the river and mountains! Very beautiful place. It was raining the first day we arrived, so we decided to check into our hotel and explore the town. The first thing that we noticed were the Friends bars. I know it sounds weird, but I am not kidding... This...

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Jan 21, 2008 - Vang Vieng - Hammocks & A Little Taste of Thailand in Laos

MONDAY 21st JAN 2008 Vang Vieng is approximately 160km North of Vientiane and nestled in a valley on the picturesque bank of the Nam Xong River, with breathtaking views of the mountains of Pha Tang & Phatto Nokham. Our friend Mr. San at the previous hotel had described Vang Vieng as 'Foreigner Country', owing to the fact that it is pretty much a huge stop-over place for backpackers indulging themselves in caving, rock-climbing, kayaking and 'tubing' (sailing down the river in a big tube looking a wee bit silly!) So when we arrived...

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Jan 9, 2008 - Chaing Mai

The last day in Chiang Mai (Jan 9) was a pretty full day - more temple trips. We did go to a temple on the top of a mountain in time to listen and watch the monks chanting as the sun went down. Quite beautiful. Dinner at a traditional Thai theater/dance place - built just for tourists was also quite beautiful - the traditional Thai food was on the spicy side but great. A photo of Thai women doing crafts in enclosed. Then it was on to the "night market", which is a collection of hundreds of vendor stalls selling everything any tourist would...

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Dec 30, 2007 - Vang Vieng

It would be fair to say that most people don't go to Vang Vieng for the culture. The main attraction here is the Nam Song (Song River) which is lined with striking and beautiful cliffs. This environment lends itself to a number of outdoor activities such as kayaking, rock-climbing and "tubing", an activity synonymous with Vang Vieng. We opted for the tubing which basically involves floating down the river in a giant rubber ring. Along the way there are a series of bars and should you wish to go in one for a drink (the main reason for...

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Dec 8, 2007 - To Vang Vieng - the long, hard way!

We left Vientiane (on our bikes) full of the joys of spring and at a very good hour. Having had a pretty hearty breakfast to fuel us, we pedaled merrily off towards Vang Vieng - or so we thought! Well, you knew that what I am about to relate was going to happen, didn't you, based upon past experience? So did I - just not that it would be the very first thing that we would do! In Vientiane we had gone into a bookshop and were looking at maps. I said "Should we get this map - it has more detail?" Bruce said, "No - the book has all of that in...

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Nov 23, 2007 - Laos, en apart land in ontwikkeling

Laos!! Je kan meer foto's bekijken op de entrys van Audrey ( die beginen allemaal met FR:) 11-11-07 Met een speciale bus naar de grens. De reis zou twee dagen duren dus vandaar dat we (ik voornamelijk) behoorlijk wat eten hadden ingelsagen. Met en VIP bus ( ja ja....., maar klinkt spannender dan het is). In onze bus zaten ook een paar Amerikanen die nog lam waren van de avond daarvoor. Kate, Andrew en Dave. Daarnaast as er nog een Australier bij, Ritchie. Gelukkig had Andrew Dvd's meegenomen om de tijd te doden !! Toen we bij de grens...

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Nov 16, 2007 - Vang Vieng

Hey happy readers, hope it's not too gloomy while your reading this cuz it's lovely weather over here!!! Lol. So we left Vientiane early the next morning on a minibus bound for Vang Vieng, which we'd heard was a really nice, chilled out travellers place. On the way there we met two really nice couples called Chris and Katie from liverpool and Roman (cool name)and Laurianne from London amnd we ended up spending the next couple of days together which was great!. We arrived in Vang Vieng around twoish and headed to these really nice riverside...

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Nov 5, 2007 - Vang Vieng

Places like this is why we travel, we never want to leave this place. Vang Vieng is a quiet little town in a beautiful location. On the river surrounded by limestone karsts. Cheap bungalows by the river with hammocks and lots of nice places to just chill out. As all thru SE Asia there are buses that go direct from your guesthouse and drop you right at another guesthouses door, very convenient but often 3 times the price, we decided to catch the local bus from Vientiane which is always more fun. As usual it was a rickety old bus, the back...

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Oct 25, 2007 - Vang Vieng, Laos.

After a six hour journey on the supposed "VIP" bus I arrived in Vang Vieng to be greeted by beautiful sawtoothed montain ranges with mist dancing around their tips. I managed to get a room with a friend I met overlooking them just in front of the mekong river at their base so as you can imagine, we had a great view. The next day a group of us went to go tubing down the river, which basically entails drifting down the mekong on large truck innertubes and being helped into the numerous bars on the way by bamboo sticks on ropes that are thrown...

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