#82 - caves & kayaking in vang vieng

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biking in vang vieng

since yesterday rained, today was going to be my only day to really do anything in vang vieng.  so....i decided that i would bike to the caves in the morning & then either tube or kayak later in the afternoon.

so, i rented a bike first thing & headed out to the caves.  i have to really thank sara schor for telling me to get a mountain bike & not a cruiser.  i DEFINITELY needed the mountain bike!  it was a great ride out through the countryside, with mountains/karsts on both sides.  i was lucky that it had rained the day before, because i think it cooled things off a bit.  it was a nice comfortable ride otu tehre & i made it to the pakhoun (sp?) cave.  when i got there, i climbed the couple hundred steps to get up to the caves.

biking in vang vieng
  it was a fun climb...not as difficult as the climb i did at railey beach...but i was definitely winded by the time i got to the top.  inside, there is a very cool reclining buddha in the cave.  i was very glad i made the trip. 

when i biked back the hotel, i decided that i would do the kayaking thing.  i actually wasn't feeling that hot....i think my bad nights of sleep were catching up with me & i was defintiely feeling a bit out of it.  i just wasn't feeling the whole tube down the river & drink all day vibe.  i'm sure i would have loved it on another day - but it just wasn't going to happen for me.  SOOOOO - i booked a kayaking trip.  it was HILARIOUS.  some how i ended up in a group with all chinese & lao folks.

biking in vang vieng
  there were all these other groups of all tourists, but i was in a group where no one really spoke english.  AND the chinese guys were so funny - they couldn't really operate the kayaks that well...they kept flipping over.  it was classic!!!  i ended up having such a great time with this group & was glad that i wasn't in the group of typical travelers.  my guide was actually such a sweet guy & we made plans to get a drink later that evening.  i wasn't going to make it a crazy night b/c i still wasn't feeling that great & i did not want to be sick for my habitat for humanity trip coming up....but i thought it would be fun to get out & see "party island" and what everyone had been talking about!

so, he picked me up (i am dying b/c i can't remember his name now.

the DIAMOND cave!
..it's been a couple weeks now - i'm updating this very late & for the life of me i can't remember his name!!!!) & we went down to party island & checked out all the bars.  it's so awesome because they all have campfires going & very cool outdoor atmospheres.  we settled on one of them...i think it was the smiley happy bar...or something like that & had a beerlao!  our conversation was very amusing since i don't really speak lao & he didn't really speak english...but we managed somehow anyway!

such a random evening - but just perfect!  i do wish i had more time in vang vieng...i could see spending many more days here chilling, biking, tubing & relaxing....i will just have to save that for another trip i guess!  :)

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biking in vang vieng
biking in vang vieng
biking in vang vieng
biking in vang vieng
biking in vang vieng
biking in vang vieng
the DIAMOND cave!
the DIAMOND cave!
the sign for the cave
the sign for the cave
scenery shots biking in vang vieng
scenery shots biking in vang vieng
a gas station  :)
a gas station :)
more beautiful scenery in vang vie…
more beautiful scenery in vang vi…
the poukham cave!
the poukham cave!
the gorgeous swimming hole at pouk…
the gorgeous swimming hole at pou…
GORGEOUS water!
GORGEOUS water!
inside the cave
inside the cave
thats a shot looking down what i …
that's a shot looking down what i…
the reclining buddha inside the ca…
the reclining buddha inside the c…
those are the candles i lit
those are the candles i lit
cool shot of the buddha & the cand…
cool shot of the buddha & the can…
another shot of the pretty water! …
another shot of the pretty water!…
cute little kids!!  SA BAI DE!!!
cute little kids!! SA BAI DE!!!
goats on the road
goats on the road
huge pig on the side of the road
huge pig on the side of the road
cows hanging out in the middle of …
cows hanging out in the middle of…
the bridge i took to the caves
the bridge i took to the caves
kayaking in vang vieng
kayaking in vang vieng
my crazy kayak buddies who kept ti…
my crazy kayak buddies who kept t…
my kayak guide & me.  :)
my kayak guide & me. :)
little campfire on the side of the…
little campfire on the side of th…
beautiful
beautiful
bar on the side of the river
bar on the side of the river
rope swing!
rope swing!
more of the bars along the river -…
more of the bars along the river …
GORGEOUS!!!
GORGEOUS!!!
my guide & chinese buddies having …
my guide & chinese buddies having…
my kayak guide doing the rope swing
my kayak guide doing the rope swing
:)
:)
water buffalo!
water buffalo!
water buffalo
water buffalo
the smile bar!
the smile bar!
my kayak guide in vang vieng (ugh …
my kayak guide in vang vieng (ugh…
last night in vang vieng
last night in vang vieng
the bamboo bar!
the bamboo bar!
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