Published: April 21st 2009April 10th 2009
Day 81 - 91 Vang Vieng
So, it was always in our plan to got to Vang Vieng for just 2 or 3 days and move on. But things didn't work out as planned. The scenery alone in VV is a reason enough to stay for 11 days. But it was really the people that we met that had us pushing back our flight to China every few days. We have to give a shout out to all the awesome peeps we met:
Camille - our friendly Plain of Jars Canadian that introduced us to Q Bar.
Sandy - our fun loving Cali girl that was alos our movie buddy
Lauren - a fellow American amateur rock climber
Rob - Our little brother we never wanted but love anyway.
Stevie - British lad with a flare for awesome hats - Steve Irwin eat your heart out!
Danny - a Kiwi but we decided he was an Aussie, just because, so deal with it
Christopher & Thomas - card playing, bullshitting Germans
Mark - our Swiss friend from Siem Reap that we randomly saw in the street
17 year old English Boys - don't remember their names, but they were
our Indian dinner pals
Stella - fun loving, up for anything English bird
Ian - the absolutely off his head Canadian bartender that rocked S's head band for a week.
Malaysian boy - grew up in Singapore, Portuguese mother, schooled in Germany and doesn't like the girls but does love to DANCE!
Jane - our English rose that we met in Vietnam
Alex - English boy that filled in for Steph one night and then stole Jane from us
Robot Boys (Campbell and Tim) - Aussie with mad robot drawing skills and on their way to being famous directors
Pon - can't describe this crazy Lao kid, someone you have to meet for yourselves
Canadian Boys - even though only one of three was actually Canadian, we still referred to them as Canadian boys
We filled our days with:
Steph and Jane went rock climbing one day which was pretty wicked. Met Lauren from Chicago, and S was able to master the hardest climb - which some of the guys couldn't even do. G's ankle couldn't handle it so she sat this one out.
S, G, Jane - along with new friends Lauren and
German dudes - went on a tubing/ kayaking trip. We started off at the Water cave - see photo - where we pulled ourselves through a pitch dark cave by a rope. We were wearing headlamps with exposed wires that sizzled with they got wet. This was followed by our first stop off at the river bars. S even dared the huge slide (see video) and the zip line swing which were both scary as hell.
We even got sort of hired at Q-Bar to help promote for them down at the river. They gave us 50,000 kip, free meals, free drinks at night, and a ride to the river. This covered our guest house, ride home with 10,000 kip to spare.
The river is lined with approximately 12 bars which dot both banks. Our duties for Q bar included getting down to the first bar pretty early and writing funny sayings on people with permanent marker. Sayings like " Q Bar Dude" or "Q Bar Babe." **Mom's turn away*** there were also more x-rated one like "Q Bar even got me laid" ha ha The river bars each had their own swing, zip line, slide
or mud pit. It was a challenge to get involved in all of them. The only one G ventured - not by her own will - was the mud pit. Rob decided it would be fun to carry G over his shoulder and get a thumbs up or down from the crowd like Gladiator and jump into the knee deep mud. S was the braver of the two and went off 3 different swings/slide.
All and all the 11 days we spent in Vang Vieng were amazing and the people and scenery were second to none.
There are more photos below