Tuesday 27th April
Vang Vieng is an interesting place, it’s surrounded by some amazing backdrops with huge shear cliffs and some green countryside; but the town itself is overrun with young tourists doing their best to destroy themselves and their livers (OK so we weren’t exactly sober 100% of the time but these buggers really were smashing themselves). It’s certainly the place to come to if you want to party in Laos, but we discovered it has some pretty sweet spots once you get outside of the town.
We met a British couple (Sam(Cutts) and Bel) who had spent a year in Aus before heading to SE Asia, so they were more like Kiwi’s than they were like Brit’s…not a bad thing! We hired motorbikes (with a little more caution this time) and jumped on them to ride out of town and into the hills. Our destination was the ‘Blue Lagoon’, we followed the signs to the “Blue Lagoon” and arrived there after paying our entry fee ($1.50NZD) only to find that ‘blue’ was more a grey/green/blue- not quite the pristine swimming hole we had in mind! After a quick dip, and a leech falling of Cutts’ leg, we decided to take the bikes and travel further into the hills. Driving along the rode avoiding chickens, cows and schoolkids….20 minutes later we saw another sign to the “Blue Lagoon” – we quickly realised we’d been had at the previous place; all ‘part of the experience’… The actual blue lagoon was pretty amazing, an awesome blue pool with tree and rope jumps into it, great spot to cool down (see pic on right for the actual blue lagoon with rope swings and tree jump)
On our way back into town we stopped off to check out some caves, turns out we’re all a bunch of nancies as we were walking along paths more scared of snakes jumping out at us than we were admiring the scenery. To be fair though we did see a snake skin and there were a heap of snakey looking holes – of which I’m extremely talented at spotting. We got into the caves, they were pretty tight and we all decided that we weren’t really the caving types – preferring the open outdoors and swimming holes.
We biked back into town, dropped of the vehicles and went out on the town for a few drinks – Beer Lao is not a bad drop and highly recommended at $1.70 for 660ml bottle! Cutts introduced a new game (not a drinking game just a general all day everyday game called ‘Mine’ – anytime you say the word ‘mine’ you have to drop and do 10 push ups. All fair and well when it’s somewhere remote or at the hotel, but when it’s in the middle of a restaurant or on the side of the road it can be a little embarrassing. Surprisingly we weren’t fast learners….plenty of push ups done!
The tubing pics and stories will follow once Cutts and Bel have arrived in Hanoi.