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Vang Vieng Travel Blog

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A lightning-lit wet Vang Vieng street shot from the balcony of my guesthouse Pan's Place - which is recommended.
Christ what a whirlwind! My four days in Vang Vieng were the epitome of rock 'n' roll travel. I partied like it was 2099 - snorting narcotics from the heaving busoms of horny teen travel vixens, drank JD like it was water and beer like it was the elixir of youth. I mushroom-shaked my happy self down the river with the travel massive, tripping to the stars and back on a gently revolving inner tube of bliss.

We swung our tanned bodies out from rope swings before flashing down into the heart of the river like psychedelic, irridescent glowstick fish. Later we would drink all night, every night, pinning livers and brains on a kitchen worktop of groaning bar tables and then flattening them with a rolling pin of alcohol and more uppers and downers than you could shake a joss stick at.
A blurred shot of one of the Friends bars: I won't be there for you - get stuffed.


We went so hard and so long that I thought we'd never come down. It was the best time of my life - like Bryan Adams and DJ Sammy before me - I thought we were in heaven...

Not really of course. In reality I met a few nice people (mainly English and Aussies), went tubing and supped plenty of Beer Lao. I had a bit of an argument with an English bloke (I was more sinned against than sinning for a change - honest) whilst pissed on the second night. He was spoiling for it and apologised the day after but I withdrew nonetheless and kept myself pretty much to myself after that.

Whilst the kids watched Friends in the TV bars on main street, I watched Saving Private Ryan whilst dining on the fringes of town. I'm not sure which is more gruesome - watching people's legs getting blown off in a meaty festival of D Day carnage or witnessing yet another half hour of smug New York "comedy."

Vang Vieng has plenty of critics like me willing to have a snobbish snipe from the sidelines, but, Friends apart, I actually quite liked the place. Take it for what it is - a kind of traveller's theme park - don't expect much in the way of Laos culture and it's fine for a few days. Go tubing, go canoeing, go cycling - drink and be merry!

Yeah, it's all slow-drifting backpacker fun and y'know what - it's just fine, even if it's not always sick...                
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A blurred shot of one of the Frien…
A blurred shot of one of the Frie…
Beer Lao and half a girl whose nam…
Beer Lao and half a girl whose na…
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A drunk me. Redder than Lenin and…
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A nice Lao lady making me a nice …
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Some limestone karst near Vang Vi…
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A blurred shot of a big old gecko
A blurred shot of a big old gecko
Vang Vieng
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