Flying over the Nam Song River (with new friends)

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the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng.

Vang Vieng, Laos is by far the most beautiful place I have been so far on my journey!  Just look at these photos.  Its actually quite ridiculous.  The mixture of mountains, water, sky and plush vegetation is candy and sweet chocolate fudge to your eyes.  You just can't believe it.  Check out at the photos!!!

Besides the mezmerizing natural beauty, I had an "interesting" experience in Vang Vieng.... I got sucked into the tourist experience which I have to admit was totally AWESOME.

In Vang Vieng, the "thing-to-do" is rent an inner-tube and float 6 miles down the Nam Song River - enjoying the natural beauty and sun.  But, as you sit on your inner tube with dozens of other young backpackers, you can't believe your eyes:  all along the river's edge, there are bars built into the rocks.

The bridge to the bar.
  Bars with thumping DJ music, sundecks, volleyball courts and the most amazing trapeze-like zip-lines that fling you 50 feet over the river.  Some of them are so intense that you truly fly 6-7 stories high before flopping through the air into the water.

It is a sight to see and an unforgettable adrenaline rush to experience. 

Everyone partied like it was their last spring break!  Loads of drunk people made it ashore as the night fell in the small mountain-town of Vang Vieng.  Every restaurant on the main street had couches and beds with popular TV shows blasting through the house-speakers.  As people ate and drank, they lounged around for hours watching "Friends," "The Simpsons,"  "Family Guy," and "South Park".  Somehow everyone ended up at the Smile Bar until the wee hours of the morning. 

Vang Vieng  felt like some kind of Cancun-like spring break.  I let myself go with it and for a moment, I think I forgot where I was.

worldcitizen says:
You're right, it totally feels like spring break there, but it was so much fun ;)
Posted on: Apr 19, 2008
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the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng.
the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng.
The bridge to the bar.
The bridge to the bar.
My sunset shot over the Nam Song R…
My sunset shot over the Nam Song …
Vang Vieng!
Vang Vieng!
Nam Song River in Vang Vieng!
Nam Song River in Vang Vieng!
Chilling on the river.
Chilling on the river.
Sunset over the Nam Song River
Sunset over the Nam Song River
The bridge to a bars and bungalows.
The bridge to a bars and bungalows.
Steve, Mike and me.  We ended up t…
Steve, Mike and me. We ended up …
Drinking buckets
Drinking buckets
Drinking Lao Lao whiskey makes you…
Drinking Lao Lao whiskey makes yo…
The stunning road to Vang Vieng, L…
The stunning road to Vang Vieng, …
The lighting is amazing.
The lighting is amazing.
Mountain lighting.
Mountain lighting.
Bridges and bungalows.
Bridges and bungalows.
The view from my $4/night hotel ro…
The view from my $4/night hotel r…
more river beauty.
more river beauty.
relax
relax
sunset from a bamboo bridge.
sunset from a bamboo bridge.
the view from my $4/night guest ho…
the view from my $4/night guest h…
Mike flying over the river.
Mike flying over the river.
Girls do it too.
Girls do it too.
Steve after his belly-flop.
Steve after his belly-flop.
Air.
Air.
3.2.1....go!
3.2.1....go!
Mike tried the BIG one!!
Mike tried the BIG one!!
Flying to the moon.
Flying to the moon.
The Swedish Acrobat after a triple…
The Swedish Acrobat after a tripl…
After my launch!
After my launch!
Jess getting crazy!
Jess getting crazy!
View from my $4/night guest house
View from my $4/night guest house
Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng
the boys!!  Part of our crew throu…
the boys!! Part of our crew thro…
The crew!! Jess, Ben, me, Whitehea…
The crew!! Jess, Ben, me, Whitehe…
Floating for a few hours.
Floating for a few hours.
Getting creative over the river.
Getting creative over the river.
Getting ready.....
Getting ready.....
Just chill.
Just chill.
Vang Vieng
photo by: razorriome