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Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng June 2nd 2014

Hi everyone Just to let you know I'm still alive. Nothing major to report really. Saturday we went tubing again, and you all know how that works and how messy it can get. I didnt get too sloshed this time but did leave tubing later and did have an early night. Most of my fellow travel mates headed off to Vientiane and the reast of their travels. I opted to stay afew more days until Wednesday, but that has now turned into a week, so I will be leaving on Sunday. At the moment I am the only passenger due to travel from Vientiane on the 5th June all the way to Don Det. I have opted to stay here and chill and hopefully party a little more, then it will be a quick dash through ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng May 30th 2014

Hi everyone Not much news from yesterday as I had a chill of day to catch upon sleep, blogging and get rid of the hangover lol. Today we have been to the blur lagoon which isn't too far away form our accommodation. We had a leisurely morning and had a late breakfast and all met up at the hostel where most of the guys are staying. They are all friends of Laura whom is doing the stray pass and she met them when she stayed in a hostel prior to,the stray pass tour. They are following a similar route to,us and land around the same time as us. So we had 13 of us in two tuk tuks. David one of the guys who is from Canada checked to see how much they would charge us ... read more
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Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng May 28th 2014

Yesterday we left Luang Prabang and headed for Vang Vieng via minibus. We had an early start at 7am and convened outside the bakery. Unfortunately it didn't open until 7am so we had to get food from the local street vendors, which wasn't a problem. Our guide for this part of our journey was Josh a guy from New Zealand. There was also the driver, a local tour guide and a guy who was a trainee Stray Pass guy who was taking over from Josh. He was heading off to Vietnam for 3 months. We had to start early as it took about 6 hours or so over the mountains and in twisty turney roads to get there, and we needed to get there in time to go tubing! The bus was parked up the road ... read more
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Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng December 24th 2013

Salut les amis. Aujourd'hui, journée tranquille. Rien au programme, juste détente et farniente. Je vais fêter Noël à Vang Vieng où nous sommes depuis samedi. Soirée tranquille, pas beaucoup d'animation en ville. Les soirées sont plutôt fraîches mais vu le temps qu'il fait en Europe, je crois qu'on ne va pas trop se plaindre. Passez le bonjour au Papa Noël de ma part, je ne suis pas sûr qu'il vienne jusqu'au Laos. Joyeux Noël à tous. Vivre Ses Rêves.... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng December 22nd 2013

Coucou. Situé à 6 kilomètres du centre de Vang Vieng, le Blue Lagoon n'est ni une boîte de nuit tropézienne, ni le titre d'une superproduction laotienne mais tout simplement un espace dédié à la détente au bord d'un mini-lac. Au-dessus, la grotte de Tham Poukham qui abrite un Bouddha couché dans sa première salle mais, à condition d'être bien équipé, on peut en fait y explorer plusieurs salles. Nous, nous n'en aurons pas le temps, alors on se contentera de la première salle. Avec Alex, nous voilà donc partis en vélo jusqu'à ce fameux Blue Lagoon dont tout le monde nous avait vanté les charmes mais dont on ne savait pas du tout ce que l'on allait trouver. Déjà, on a du mal à trouver la bonne route (y'a bien quelques panneaux, mais en les suivant, ... read more
... en pleine campagne...
... on regarde passer les vaches!
Petite grotte en chemin

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Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng December 18th 2013

Bedzie o krotkim pobycie w Vientiane i o 4-dniowej wyprawie motorkiem do Luang Prabang i z powrotem. W Nong Khai wykupilem w jakims biurze podrozy przeprawe przez Most Przyjazni prosto do Vientiane, stolicy Laosu. Miasto jak miasto, nic szczegolnego po prawdzie. W porownaniu z odwiedzonym niegdys wczesniej Luang Prabang prezentuje sie znacznie gorzej - po prawdzie nie ma tu jakichs szczegolnych atrakcji, do tego jest , jak na Laos, bardzo drogo. W obskurnym hotelu w centrum placi sie 20 dolarow za noc; tuk-tukarze cwaniakuja, wystarczy chwila nieuwagi i za przejazd zaplacic mozna zupelnie europejska cene. Wynajem skutera - cena wywolawcza 10 dolarow za dzien (wobec 5-7 dolarow gdzie indziej w Laosie czy w innych krajach regionu). Osobliwoscia jest sfrancurzenie miasta - ulice zwa sie "rue" badz "avenue", na ulicach widac sprzedawcow bagietek, na urzedach francuskie napisy ... read more
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Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng August 21st 2013

The backpacker community has invaded Laos, and their headquarters is Vang Vieng: their sheer numbers by far surpassed what we’d seen in Don Det, as did their audacity in showing skin despite Laotian signs requesting that they respect cultural norms by being modestly dressed. Many Laotians unfortunately feel that their presence - which brings with it copious use of drink and other substances, and sitting around in a daze watching sitcom reruns - is having a negative impact on their culture. I’m sure it is so, but it is possible to circumvent much of their (usually innocuous) shenanigans and discover things in Vang Vieng that appeal to you, especially in the adventure tourism industry. Klaudia and I definitely enjoyed several “bests” during our stay. First, we had the best hotel room for a very reasonable price ... read more
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Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng July 5th 2013

After an extremely long journey we arrived in Vang Vieng. The scenery throughout the journey however was stunning Well worth sitting on a bus for eight hours. Even the toilets had a magnificent view on the hilltop where we stopped you could sit on the toilet and look at the view as there was only half a wall. Today went trekking with two other girls, we visited three different caves on the way and in the final cave we got into a tube and pulled our way through the cave serenaded by our Laos guide who sang an enchanting Laos song, acoustics were fantastic. In one of the caves there were fortune telling sticks, basically you chose a stick which had a number on it, the number corresponded to a small piece of paper on which ... read more
Children swimming in the river
Beautiful scenery near Vang Vieng

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng June 23rd 2013

I'm typing from the 7th and penultimate country of my gap year adventure - a chilly and rain-sodden Laos. We've just mercifully finished the 6-hour minivan enduro to get from Luang Prabang to the "backpackers mecca turned sour" of Vang Vieng. I never knew Laos was so mountainous, but my head is still spinning from the sickeningly windy road that took us here. From the bliss of the Hai Van, we have very much been brought back to earth with a bump on the pretty but exhausting Laotion roads. This morning's drive was nothing compared to the 29-hour epic that took Harry, Sam, Sam and I from the vibrant labyrinth of Hanoi, across the mountains and into Laos' Luang Prabang. We were given the worst seats in the bus (back row, over the back wheels so ... read more

Asia » Laos » West » Vang Vieng May 27th 2013

The flight from Hanoi to the Lao capital of Vientiane was relatively uneventful, and while I was certainly expecting a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, I was underprepared for the difference. Lonely Planet describes Vientiane as the “most relaxed capital on earth”, but I think that is an understatement! Since there was nothing happening around my booked hotel, and we were only a couple of blocks away from the Mekong, I thought I’d wander down there and take in the action. Not only was it deserted, but the Mekong comprised what looked like around 100 metres of mud flats with a trickle of water in the far distance. It was a stinking hot day, which probably explained the lack of people, and I guess the tide explained the water flow. I ... read more
An aerial view of Vang Vieng
Panoramic view from my hotel room
The next generation of Lao dancers




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