Into tourist central

Vang Vieng Travel Blog

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The "VIP" bus today, didn't make me feel very important, or even important. After checking our of our hostel, we get a tuk-tuk from the guesthouse to the bus station, about 5 minutes drive. The bus is meant to leave at 10, but it leaves at 10:45, after packing people into every possible seat, and leaving very little room at all. Luckily, it only takes 3 1/2 hours to get to Vang Vieng, so it could be worse. The journey is very picturesque though, the road snaking up through the mountains, through endless swathes of foliage, and tiny Lao villages. It seems Laos is more developed that I thought it would be though, even some of the little village huts have satellite dishes! As I said before there are also a lot more ATM's than thought...

So, Vang Vieng. It's basically like Blackpool, but without the casinos, and annoying Northern people. It's tourist central (hence the title of this blog), so much so, that the locals have made a new Vang Vieng about 5km down the road, to replace this one. The hostel we are staying at, the Sisavang, has all you need, good location, fan, comfy beds, for $6 per room, per night. Also, it's right next to the Family Guy restaurant, where, you guessed it, they play Family Guy on repeat, all day, every day. This place is so surreal, there are cafes where you can watch Friends, all day, every day, and some of the "special menus" are a little drug-crazy...

Oh, and this is surely the only place in the world where there is a Jack Johnson bar. That's right, they play JJ all day, every day. How weird can this place get? Well, tomorrow, we'll see, as we book a tubing trip (has to be done whilst here) for $5.50 each, and lasts 4km, including tuk-tuk to the launch point, and jumps. Should be....interesting?

The night is a little hazy, but with so many bars here, and free buckets of Mekong whisky being handed out when buying one, it's understandable that it's a bit of blur. Like most of Laos so far though, the bars seem to shut at midnight, if not before, though waking up the next day so we can go tubing is still a bit of a mish...

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