My heart beats for...Laos :)
Vang Vieng Travel Blog› entry 9 of 24 › view all entries
March 13th, 2008 – by: kickasstunner
6 hours blabbing on over beers and 7 hours of a goodnight's sleep on a train. 1 hour powering through hassles. 5 hours incessantly starving on the dusty road.
A total of 19 hours exhaustion melted away as soon as I set foot in Vang Vieng. Oh, I was in love again... :)
So according to my travel journal, we have arrived at exactly 16:18 already itching to take a shower more than wolfing down food. After finding out that Babylon Guesthouse was already full, we had to look for another one and wind up at Malany Guesthouse. It has the first six letters of my last name so I won't forget that. :)
The first thing we did after freshening up was to get our money changed and rent some bikes.
Then we went to this bar by the river which we initially thought was called Smile Bar. :P Wayne's reminiscing commenced as he recalled his pretty funny moments in Laos during his visit last year while we downed our beers.
swung by this bar called Ooh La La and decided to have a few drinks and weird concoctions invented by the weirdos themselves (us), of course. :) Kamikaze+m150+Beer Lao= Perfection! Haha! With the alcohol acting up, I started making fun of Wayne by asking around some Lao people at the bar how to say some mean stuff in Lao.hahaha! :P And this was when our love for art and vandalism blossomed so we started doodling all over each other's arms with all nonsensical stuff! hahaha! (Wayne, jao ngo lai! hahahahaha! Now you should say, khob chai.
Still thinking it was too early to go back to our hostel,we went back to this river bar we first went to and "followed the light" from afar, or shall I say fire?! Haha! Wayne grabbed me by the wrist and said, let's go there. I said where then he pointed to somewhere across the bridge. So we crossed the bridge with our unfinished beers and ended up circled around the bonfire with a group of people from everywhere. In short, we gatecrashed. hahaha! And in the end, the Israeli guy Abachim and Joey from Canada eventually gave up on us sometime between 3 and 4am. Haha! Yeah, traveling for almost 24hours and getting minimum rest, you couldn't believe we have so much energy running through our veins, huh? :P So we said adios to those people and to the first glorious day in Vang Vieng.
Oh hang on, I remember I have to set my alarm at 8am! Daytour starts at 9am the next day! hahaha! :P
Sarjiphonialarmophobia - an abnormal fear or dread of Sarj's recurring phone alarm every 9 minutes, said to be disruptive of a deep slumber, of which the main symptoms are, a sense of irritability, causing difficulty in recognizing familiar surroundings and adjusting to normal circadian rhythm, and a marked heightening of reflex excitability, producing convulsions whenever the patient attempts to get up from bed, or is disturbed in any way, as by the sight of a person named Sarj setting her alarm at night and holding it up to your face early in the morning.
(Whew! How's that for a definition?!)
On this day, Wayne had developed sarjiphonialarmophobia and there was nothing I could do but to sympathize with him.
Just because both of us didn't want to get left behind, we made an effort to get there on time despite the lack of sleep. We didn't get a chance to grab breakfast this time, just water to fill our stomachs with. hehe. Wayne was proud that he was able to wake up and I had to congratulate him for the first time. haha! We waited for a couple of minutes before our service multicab arrived along with other travellers who would join us on the daytour. :)
So the vehicle was packed and Wayne and Lilli's husband Eero have to stand (or did you sit?) on the edge of the entrance and get a tight grip on the bars..but they were able to sit down after a while.
After walking through the elephant cave and villages, everybody was already excited for spelunking with their tubes...except for me - because I had to keep up with my dysmenorrhoea and the worry that I might turn the river into red sea! wahhh! And one more thing, you can't get into the cave without tubing your way in because it's mega-enclosed with totally nothing to step on but water except when you had to cross this other dimension inside. hehehe. :P I was actually doing okay, well, not really...but I couldn't complain to anyone, especially to Wayne who does all the paddling for me, though I was already feeling sick as we went further in.
We had our lunch after that tedious thing and I should say that I would have appreciated it more if I wasn't in that condition.
As we reached the last bar, we watched and got a good laugh as a couple of swingers do the doubles plus the combo spins and flips then falling into shallow waters head first.
On our way back to the hostel, our NFF (new found friends) asked us to go tubing with them the next day and have dinner and drinks a little later tonight. So since I haven't done any decent tubing except for the experience in the cave earlier, I told Wayne that we could try to change the dates on our tickets and leave on the 16th instead of the 15th. In short, I decided to extend another day to go tubing! I wouldn't want to leave Vang Vieng without memories of tubing my way down the river. :P We didn't have any problem sorting it out so we were able to change it right away. ;)
Wayne shaved his head...err, hair off today.
So we went out for dinner sporting his new look and looked for our friends in all possible bars they might be in until we settled at the Smile Bar - and they're still nowhere to be found. Oh anyway, we just carried on with drinking vodka buckets and all other sort of cocktails. That vodka bucket really tasted weird and I felt weird, like my head was up in the clouds, at the first sip but downed the whole thing anyway. But I knew something was dropped in there, really! Wayne's bucket tasted different from mine.
Then I can remember...
...ordering more cocktails, bar hopping, taking pictures, arm wrestling, being knocked down onto the rocks a few times...
I don't have any memory of crossing the bridge and climbing up the stairs and walking down to the main road.
But I regained my consciousness when the smell of choco banana pancake wafted in the air. :D And when I tasted it, its delectable taste put a smile across my face until I went to bed and fell asleep...well, at least that's what I thought. hehe :)
Last glimpse on my phone's clock, 4:15am. (my travel journal is full of time stamps.haha!)
It had been a long day, indeed.
But one thing to be thankful for: We didn't have to wake up early the next day...ahh! what a relief! Now Wayne could have a rest with my phone alarm. LOL! :)
Our day started around past 1 in the afternoon when Wayne finally rose from bed. Truth be told, my day started earlier, as usual. As the clock stikes 8am, I got a message from my Mom asking me - "So you really think Laos is the best, huh?" and I checked my sent items' folder and found out that apparently, I sent a message to her under the influence of alcohol. hehehe :P Well, I just told her how much I love the place, that's it. :) And I didn't say that just because I was drunk but it's because I was having a ridiculosly good time and I just wanted them to know that it's not all bad news everytime I send them a message.
So we went to meet the people who were in the group with us on that daytour and those who convinced us to stay one more day to go..TUBING! :D Okay, we weren't actually hoping to see them there as they might probably have gone off earlier because we came a little later than the agreed time. But well, we found some of the gang - Scott and his girlfriend Andrea plus Lilli waiting around for more tubers to fill up the multicab. Lilli's husband Eero couldn't come with us because of bad hungover. Aww, too bad. So there's only 5 of us.
Now floating down the river and most of us were already feeling hungry so we stopped at the first bar by the river and had Beer Lao for breakfast because that's the only thing they serve there! Then onto the next bar and the next then finally got some food to eat.
After Cheers bar, we're now off to the last one but I was just too damn sleepy. Must be the beers and vodka bucket, I don't know! There's one thing you ought to know though, production of melatonin in my system increases as I stuff my tummy with food. By the time I finish eating, I'd have too much of that chemical that just makes it hard for me to stay up and alert.
Finally, we're now at the last bar and when I got off my tube, guess what?! I got scratches on my arms because of tooo much paddling! (I've got evidence!) The tube I was on has a rough surface, apparently. So it's like sandpaper rubbed against a baby soft skin. hahaha! Bit of an exaggeration, yeah but you know what I mean. Anyway, we stayed there until an hour after sundown.
LOL! Remembering all these things is just making me go crazy with laughter. :P
Darkness fell upon us and after finishing the last song which all of us couldn't miss (it's Radiohead's Just, by the way), we all agreed to go tubing on our way back in the dark without anyone of us knowing how long it would take!! haha! :P And all the other blokes there were like, "Hey guys! are you tubing it to the end?!" We just nodded and two of them jumped into their tubes and floated.
We met up with the gang again for dinner at Ooh La La Bar and our food got served after light years of waiting. It was delicious, by the way! So I couldn't complain. :P Met some people here and there . A lot. A manifold of countless faces - that I could only remember some of the names we've met a day ago...err, not even! There were people who would waved at us or just come up to me and tell me we've met a day or days ago but I couldn't remember! :P That's how random you bump into these people.
After Ooh La La, we went to Smile Bar, Sunset Bar then to Spider Bar where there's only the two of us again. And because I was seated at the bar, some people who order drinks give me complimentary shots and buckets which I also give away or pass around. Nobody would say no to free drinks, as what everyone said. Now, that's the second coolest thing! hehe :P If you are a girl, I suppose. LOL!
Stopping by to buy choco banana pancake (we're already addicted to it at this point) on our way back to the hostel, we saw Joey (the one we sat by the fire with on our first day) with some guys.
*to be continued and more pictures to come*
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