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Vientiane

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  • Day5

    Blue Lagoon 3

    May 7, 2017 in Laos

    With a rainy day previously, which suited how we felt with the aftermath of the previous day's events, we decided we would be slightly more active today. Having heard lots about the blue lagoons in Vang Vieng we decided to visit one of them. Despite being slightly further out, we opted for blue lagoon 3 as its meant to be far less touristy and bigger than the other two.

    The main mode of transport to get there was motorbikes, however seeing as neither of us could drive one we decided to rent a buggy. Being slightly more expensive, we thought this would be our time to splash out a little and oh my it was worth it. Although we got slightly lost on the way and almost broke down we arrived at the blue lagoon safely after 6km of very questionable road surfaces. The drive was absolutely sunning and there was so much freedom with what we wanted to do with the buggy. The trip there was through the rural landscapes and villages of Laos and it was such a surreal insight to the country itself and how the people live.

    The blue lagoon itself was definitely worth trekking the extra miles for. The water was a beautiful, crystal blue spring water. Despite being a bit chilly to start off with you could tell how fresh the water was from just swimming in it. there were various activities you could to in the blue lagoon, such as zip line into the water, kayak around or jump off platforms into the water.

    The days activities really made me think of my brothers as I know how much they love anything to do with jumping into water and mucking about around it. Driving the buggy I know would also appeal to them a lot.

    After a couple of hours we made our way back and headed out to Smile Beach Bar which overlooks the river and some of the mountainous areas, also a great viewpoint for a sunset. We enjoyed our dinner there sitting in hammocks while the sun went down. It was a pretty precious moment.

    Then a bit of a shock what happens next.. we headed back to the town and went to go follow the free alcohol.
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  • Day9

    8 days and counting

    May 11, 2017 in Laos

    As our time in Vang Vieng carried on we fell more in love with the place. We didn't just extend once, but twice, totalling our stay to 7 nights.

    Most of our time consisted of enjoying the swimming pool down the road at a luxury hotel that cost only £3 to use, most of the time we even got the place to ourselves. The backdrop behind the pool was of the mountainous region of Laos, which was stunning as ever.

    After the pool we would head to our favourite chill place and relax watching Friends and usually ordering dinner or visiting our favourite restaurant, a vegetarian and vegan place which was delicious! The aubergine burger would have to be my favourite.

    As routine, at 8pm we would head to the first bar for the hour of free whiskey and at 10pm move onto the next bar, our favourite, called Viva.

    On the last day we headed to highly recommended viewpoint. The half hour trek to the top was along a very unmarked path. However the pano view of Vang Vieng at the top was definitely worth the trek up. But by the end I'm pretty sure I could fill a swimming pool with the amount of sweat I produced. After soaking up the views we headed back just in time to make it in time for our bus to Luang Prabang.

    We were both very sad to be leaving Vang Vieng after meeting so many people and loving it so much. However, couldn't tell if the the bar staff were happy we wouldn't be drinking all their free whiskey or sad to see their best customers go. Personally I think they should be grateful to us after all the free promotion we gave out about their bar and will continue to recommend it.
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  • Day4

    Tubing

    May 6, 2017 in Laos

    One thing that is a must do in Vang Vieng is tubing. This activity involves floating down the river for the duration of the afternoon and stopping off at bars along the waters edge.

    At 12.30pm we headed out on our tubes and I've never had so much fun (and alcohol) in one day.

    At the first bar we enjoyed some drinking games such as beer pong and flip cup, both I can say I wasn't very good at. At the next bar it was more chilled and we sat by the water, enjoying our drinks and the views. The final bar was definitely the best, with the heat of the day people decided it would be fun to have a water fight which was much needed to cool off.

    Despite all the alcohol and drinking you couldn't ignore the stunning scenery around us and the natural beauty of Laos.

    But at 6pm we decided to call it a day and headed back to the hostel. However, seeing as there was free alcohol at 8pm that couldn't go a miss, so we had some dinner to line the stomach then carried out our usual routine of following the free alcohol. That night there was also a jungle party on, so continued our night there. Having had a very full on day I hadn't quite thought about how I would feel the next day... oops.
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  • Day46

    Vang Vieng, Laos

    February 7, 2017 in Laos

    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

    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

  • Day106

    Vang Vieng

    January 25 in Laos

    In Vang Vieng haben wir nur einen kurzen Stop eingelegt und waren u.a. mit dem Kajak auf dem Nam Song unterwegs und haben ein kühles Bad in der "Blue Lagoon" genommen.
    Zudem gab es auch hier wunderschöne Sonnenuntergänge und mit all den Karstbergen, die sich durch die Gegend ziehen, allgemein eine schöne, beruhigende Atmosphäre. 😍Read more

  • Day35

    Fahrradtour

    November 10 in Laos

    Wir sind heute morgen zu einer kleinen Fahrradtour aufgebrochen, die Räder sind zwar nicht ideal und für mich definitiv zu klein aber was macht man nicht alles.
    Nach dem Passieren der nächsten zwei Dörfer geht eine Piste weiter in die nächsten Ortschaften. Man kommt sehr langsam voran und wird dauernd von grossen Gruppen in Offroad Buggies überholt, mit katastrophalem Staubanfall. Zurück haben wir alle Kleidung erstmal gewaschen. (Hoffentlich wird es bis zu unserer Weiterreise morgen einigermaßen trocken)
    Aber es hätte auch so nichts genützt, wir sind in einen tropischen Regen geraten der ganz unwahrscheinlich war und waren nass bis auf die Haut. Und das 2km vor unserem Bungalow.
    Unterwegs gab es wieder eine Höhle, diesmal mit Badepool und Kinderarbeit. Die beiden Mädchen auf dem Bild haben uns in eine sehr dunkle Höhle mit Stirnlampen usw. geführt, wollten dann aber auch 5€ dafür haben, pro Person. Da haben wir doch nur für eine Person bezahlt, war zwar enttäuschend für die Mädchen (zu Unrecht) aber letztlich auch gut.
    Was die vielen asiatischen Touristen hier so machen erschließt sich uns nicht ganz. Es sieht so aus als wenn das Tourprogramm straff organisiert ist: Offroad-Buggy fahren (in der grossen Gruppe), zum Baden in die Lagune (mit Schwimmwesten) und Kayakfahren dann zum Essen.
    Wir werden jetzt noch unsere Terasse genießen bis der Regen aufhört.
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  • Day33

    Vang Vieng

    November 8 in Laos

    Das mit dem Abholen um 9:00h ist hier ein relativer Begriff.... Kurz, wir wurden kurz vor 10:00h abgeholt und bekamen eine kostenlose Stadtrundfahrt als wir noch andere Mitfahrer abgeholt haben. Dann ein kleiner Bus-Wechsel und schon ging's kurz vor 11:00h los.
    Die Strassenverhältnisse sind hier in Laos deutlich schlechter als bisher. Auf ein paar hundert Meter guten Asphalt folgt unvermittelt Schotter für 100m und tiefe Schlaglöcher die den Fahrer aber nur wenig beeindruckt haben. Die Fahrt dauerte bis 14:30h mit Stop unterwegs.Die Dörfer sind zur Zeit furchtbar staubig, die Regenzeit ist endgültig vorbei.
    Unser Quartier liegt außerhalb vom Dorf (ist auch gut so, es sieht auch ziemlich dreckig aus). Der Tuk Tuk Fahrer sagte 40.000 Kip (ca. 4€) für die Strecke und meinte nach der Ankunft das wäre pro Person gewesen, da wir auch noch einen Brückenzoll von 15.000 bezahlt hatten sagte unsere Wirtin hier 50.000 seien genug und er zog ab.
    Die Wirtsleute sind Laoten die 30 Jahre in Berlin gewohnt haben und deutsch sprechen, das war doch eine Überraschung (auch wenn das hier Bearlin Bungalows heisst).
    Alles sehr gepflegt hier, kostet aber auch 52€/Nacht.
    Die Gegend sieht sehr gut aus, mal sehn wie das morgen mit Fahrrädern usw. zu "erfahren" ist.
    Für alle die gefragt haben ein "Nachfriseurbild".
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  • Day34

    Wir haben uns nach einem sehr guten Frühstück Fahrräder der Pension ausgeliehen und sind ca. 5 km in die Karstberge hinein gefahren, man passiert zwei Dörfer und trifft viele Koreaner die mit Geländebuggies über die Strasse donnern. Die Blue Lagoon ist ein türkisfarbener Flussabschnitt mit vielen Sport-Möglichkeiten, Springen vom Baum ins Wasser, Seilbahnfahren am Klettergurt und Höhlenklettern.
    Das haben wir dann gemacht, es geht ganz schön hoch und oben ist eine große Höhle mit buddhistischer Andachtsstätte.
    Unterwegs zauberhafte Landschaft.
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  • Day34

    Nam Xay Top View

    November 9 in Laos

    Der Viewpoint liegt 426m hoch über dem Flußtal, d. h. ungefähr 220m steigen. Unten stand ca. 25 min, aber wir haben doppelt so lang gebraucht. Man kann dort das Tal in alle Richtungen überblicken, die Ausblicke sind toll, allerdings hatten wir das erste Mal bedeckten Himmel und etwas Tröpfelregen.
    Ausserdem konnten wir unsere Sachen auswringen.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Vientiane Province, Vientiane, 비엔티안 주, Viangchan

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