Phonsawan - Vang Vieng
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"We've got to crawl out of these mountains, we've got to dive back into the sea,
Until there's nothing left to lose and we'll be free."
Crawl out of these Mountains - Alan Case
After breakfast we left Phonsovan behind us at 8 o'clock and drove back across the same nauseating curving road we had taken to et here. A fog was hanging in the mountains, making the drive all the more dangerous. We arrived back in Muang Phu Khoun around 11 o'clock though and by now the temperature had already risen dramatically. Here, instead of continuing back to Luang Prabang, we would take the road southwards to Vang Vieng, but not before we had some coffee first.
When we continued on the last 100 km to Vang Vieng the temperature rose quickly and after making a stop at Kasi for the typical noodle soup lunch, we arrived at our destination around 14:00 hours. Dropping off our luggage we went out to explore Vang Vieng. This s a seriously weird place and if it wasn't for the stunning surrounding limestone karst cliffs you'd most certainly be thinking 'where the hell has Laos gone?'.
A second side effect that has changed Vang Vieng into a bit of a cesspool is the abundance of soft drugs. Especially in the island bars of Don Khang you'll find people for whom the natural high of Laos is seemingly not enough.
The one beer we were mentioned to have here turned into a few more while we discussed living in Asia and music, while she kindly played all the songs we requested. We actually had to make a bit of a run to be back in the hotel at six, where our guide for the Kayak trip to Vientiane in two days would meet us.
After going through all of the details of the kayaking with Meng we had dinner in one of the TV bars. We seemingly picked a good one because the menu was extensive and we ordered everything from springrolls to Phad Thai and French fries. A return to the bar where Marade worked was a bit of a disappointment because the crowd seemed to be made up of the same spaced out people that were also there in the afternoon, so we decided to open a new bottle of lao-lao at the hotel. This actually turned out to be more like a sweet red wine, which was all the better since I have a hard time drinking the real stuff. ;-)