Laos
Ban Houaysangao

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  • Day76

    Vang Vieng

    November 11, 2019 in Laos ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Vang Vieng, le centre en lui même est à éviter (à moins de vouloir faire la fête...!)

    Mais alors les alentours : superbes !

    Des lagons, des Viewpoint en altitude qui se méritent (petites grimpettes quand même !) et des paysages magiques !

    On peut aussi y faire toutes sortes de sport (escalade, kayak, parapente, bouée dans la rivière etc...). Pour nous ce sera marche et vélo (petit budget oblige !).

    Anecdote :
    Arriver en ville sans logement, faire 3 ou 4 guesthouses et en choisir une qui nous convient.
    Changer le lendemain car impossible de dormir avec tous ces fêtards !
    Choisir un hébergement 2€ plus cher et découvrir que derrière il y a une piscine rien que pour nous (eh oui, encore une fois on est les seuls clients !).
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  • Day120

    Kayaking and Caving.

    January 28 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    This morning, we went Kayaking and tubing down the Namsong River. It was so beautiful and peaceful. Next stop is the blue lagoon, the river bars and Karaoke! Also finished off this delicious Nutella and peanut crêpe!Read more

  • Day46

    Vang Vieng, Laos

    February 7, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Vang Vieng is known for its location on the Nam Song River which attracts younger travelers looking to enjoy the scenery. It was a famous backpacker party spot up until recently when it become scrutinize in the news for numerous casualties from tubing/partying on the river. In 2012, this attention resulted in the Laos government shutting down almost every bar along the river, and all of their associates ziplines and rope swing . However a more tame tubing scene is still one of the main attractions in Vang Vieng. As floating the river was one of our favorite things to do in Texas on a hot summer day, we knew had to check it out. To get there we had to take a 4 hour minivan ride packed with 12 passengers and luggage strapped on top - a scenic drive and experience of its own.

    The tubing was fun but it was definitely not as fun as our Texas experience, although this was definitely more scenic. However we did enjoy making some new friends along the way with travelers from America, Canada, Germany, Scotland and France but it made us miss the good old days with our Texas friends.

    The rest of the time we spent relaxing at a riverside bar with huts above the water with a great view and good people watching of those tubing, kayaking and locals fishing. Other than that, we felt that the town was a bit too small, didn't offer much variety and was a little too populated with young Asian tourists so after two days we were ready for our next stop!
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  • Day175

    Vang Vieng

    March 13, 2017 in Laos ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    De meeste toeristen komen naar Vang Vieng om te tuben (= op een opblaasband de rivier afdrijven met enkele bars als tussenstop). Kroegentocht op het water met andere woorden :). Hoewel het voor veel zatlappen hierbij blijft, heeft de prachtige omgeving heel wat te bieden: grotten, watervallen, blue lagoons, ... Met cocktails en de beste pizza's in een halfjaar, sloten we de leuke tijd met Oliver af!Read more

  • Day11

    Hot Air Ballon

    November 11, 2019 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Heute morgen waren wir schon um halb 5 Uhr wach und total hibbelig, wegen unserer Heißluftballonfahrt.. 🤗🤗

    Letztendlich waren wir zwar nur etwas mehr als eine halbe Stunde in der Luft, aber es war einfach nur toll, toll, toll, toll.... 😍😍🙌🙌

    Und soooo viel günstiger als in Deutschland... dafür wohl auch etwas andere Sicherheitsstandards.. 😂😂 Bei der Landung rennen halt am Boden 10-20 Leute rum, fangen ein Seil und ziehen den Ballon dann dort hin und runter, wo er letztendlich landet - ob das wohl in Deutschland auch so funktioniert? Wir müssen es noch raus finden...🙈

    Fazit: Man kann bei Landeanflug ja auch mal einen Baum mitnehmen.. geht alles 🤣🙌 Spaß hat es gemacht und die Aussicht einfach nur toll 😃
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  • Day139

    Vang Vieng, Laos

    September 29, 2017 in Laos

    Vang Vieng is a beautiful little town nestled next to a picturesque mountain range. Famous for its tubing, our group spent one epic day floating down the river in an innertube, stopping at various bars along the way. It was very scenic as we floated into the sunset. Most bars and hostels serve free alcohol during happy hour, so our day of tubing continued briefly (we were so tired) into the night. Whit did a few yoga sessions at a nearby resort and because of this we were able to use/sneak into the resort's infinity pool for a much needed chill day.Read more

  • Day66

    Landlocked Laos - Vientiane & Vang Vieng

    April 30, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    I landed in Vientiane, Laos and the sun was shining which was great after the overcast weather in North Vietnam. There is an eerie silence here - oh, no there isn't, it's just because no-one toots their horn every two seconds! What a relief after Vietnam's mental roads - too bad there is very little to do. Vientiane is actually the capital of Laos, but it's about the size of a small town in the UK, so I wandered round it in pretty quickly. It's a pleasant place but there's not a lot going on. I cycled to a temple and a sort of Asian Arc de Triomphe which was also quite nice. One of the main things, Buddha Park, is ironically about 20 miles away from the city. It's basically a football pitch-sized field with lots of different Buddha statues. Apparently a monk one day just went a bit rougue and started building them all; must have taken him a while as there are about 100 and some are massive.

    The following day I boarded the bus to Vang Vieng, and an uncomfortable and bumpy ride later we arrived. What a contrast - although less mad than it used to be, it's still definitely a party town. It was once famous for it's insanity with drugs, booze and tubing on the river, but when about 30 backpackers died one year, the government shut a lot of the madness down - understable, death probably isn't the best tourist attraction.☠ You can still go tubing i.e. floating down the river to a few bars which was good fun and a nod to the towns history, plus you can still find drug menus in some of the cafes which is quite weird to see so blatantly promoted alongside pizza. The tubing was cool but less floating and more bar-crawl. I would have liked to stay in the tube for a bit longer as no sooner did you get in and settled you got out again.

    Vang Veing is also really beautiful with massive karst rocks and a selection of caves and stunning mountains - riding around it was really nice and I can't not mention the sandwiches. Yes that's right sandwiches - unbelievable! Vietnam's were good but these were something else - massive rolls filled to the brim with meat, salad, cheese, sauces etc. They are some of the best sandwiches I've ever had and for about £1.50, I must have had about ten in the few days I was there.

    On one day we cycled to a cave based on a sign that suggested you could swim in clear water at the bottom, the cave was ridiculously dark and narrow and the swimming 'lake' was actually a tiny muddy puddle so we passed. False advertising me thinks! There's also a few lagoons in Vang Vieng. Arriving at the first one, we were greeted with literally hundreds of Asian tourists, many wearing a full set of clothes to avoid the sun - one guy was genuinely swimming in jeans! There was a big jump you could do into the water about eight meters high so we did that then watched the other tourists clumsily jumping in. A girl took hold of a rope swing and two seconds later fell flat on her face in the water. 😂 She was fine and repeated the fall again almost immediately.

    The next day we rented mopeds and went to the third lagoon - apparently the better one. It took ages and was a very laborious journey as the roads are poor with rocks and potholes everywhere, so you could only go very slowly - moped scooters are definitely not made for off-roading. The lagoon was nice though, and a little less busy with just a smattering of fully clothed Asian tourists this time, although one man was wearing a thick hoody, it was 38 degrees! 😩 There was a cool rope swing into the water and a raft that might as well have been made out if bricks it was so badly tied together - still a nice place to spend the day.

    I nipped out in the evening for my obligatory sandwich and on the way back a mother was attempting to hit her misbehaving child with a broom - she kept missing him and he cheekily taunted her untiil she managed to whack him on the head pretty hard, he cried the entire street down - I could still hear him as I walked back around the corner, poor fella.

    Another (likely) uncomfortable bus journey awaits to Luang Phra Bang now.
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  • Day34

    Vang Vieng, Laos

    February 11, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Séjour mémorable dans ce petit village du Laos. Celui-ci fût nommé Muang Song en 1353. Aujourd'hui hui, il compte 25 000 habitants et les laotiens veulent changer la réputation de cette destination touristique afin d'attirer une clientèle plus diversifiée et calme.Read more

  • Day41

    Kajaking v Laosu (2. del)

    March 29, 2016 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Bucketi, beerpong, muska, ples... :)

    Tukaj pa razlika s Slovenijo... Pri nas je to šport, ljudje se ga grejo resno z zavestjo, da se z reko ne zajebavas, tuki je to zurka, kajak pa samo prevozno sredstvo do bara... :) mi smo prišli tja okrog 13ih in ga je folk že na polno zural... V bar pridejo vsi, tisti ki so vzeli tubing in tisti, ki so si izbrali kajaking. Na skoraj vsaki mizi so igrali beerpong, ta pametni s pivom, manj pametni pa z raznimi whiskey colami tko da je blo že kr pestro. Mi smo bli bolj u izi, neki pojedli, spili eno pivo in naprej ampak vozimo 5 minut in že drugič bar (samo 2 sta) in glih komad Hello (from the other side)... :) Parkiramo in po pircke, tuki se je pa razvil... Ko smo mi prišli je bil folk še bolj po visečih mrežah pa na izi sam pol so pa pocas začel prihajat tisti s tubami iz prejšnjega bara in pol je pa ratala zurka. Tko da totalno top dan, neki pirckov ampak še vse pod kontrolo. Je pa res, da mi je jasno zakaj imajo občasno tuki tudi kakšno smrtno nesrečo, ker si en folk res da kr duška in če ni tok suho obdobje kokr je zdej, zna bit tud reka malo manj lezerna... No tud taki morjo bit, bi verjetno reku Darwin... :)Read more

  • Day67

    VangVieng

    September 19, 2015 in Laos ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Een paar dagen gerelaxed in dit stadje dat bekend staat om het tuben. In een opgeblazen binnenband van een tractorband drijf je een paar kilometer met de stroming van de rivier mee. Tot 2012 was dit vooral heel bekend van de vele feestjes (lees barretjes langs de kant van het water en veel drugsgebruik). Na ingrijpen van de overheid zijn er nog maar 4 barretjes over en is drugs verboden. Als we aankomen bij het startpunt worden we verwelkomd met een shotje en kunnen we aanschuiven voor een potje 'Flip-cup' aka bier estafette. Met een deel van de groep gaan we daarna tuben naar bar 2, dit blijkt nog geen 50 meter verderop te zijn...gaat goed zo ;). Mike voelt zich niet top en het wordt al iets later dus we besluiten om echt te gaan tuben, zo'n uurtje lang dobberen we op de rivier, zwaaien we naar Chinezen in kayak's en worden we door 2 jongetjes aan de kant getrokken. Na ons komt een groepje Koreanen binnen, die helemaal ladderzat zijn geworden bij de Bucketbar, naam zegt genoeg volgens ons ;)
    Helaas geen foto's van, want je wordt helemaal nat en dat vindt de camera niet zo leuk. Wel ons duik-ei voor het eerst gebruikt om het geld en de sleutel van de kamer droog te houden.

    Ook hebben we nog een grot bezocht waar mooie stalagmieten en stalagtieten hangen :)
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