Vang Vieng Travel Blog› entry 15 of 27 › view all entries
" Take it easy, take it easy,
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy."
Take it Easy - The Eagles
We had agreed to sleep late this morning, but for some reason I was awake at 7 and couldn't get anymore sleep. I decided to sit in the garden near the Nam Song river and catch up on some blogging, chewing away on one of the tangerines that the driver had given us. By the time I finished blogging the ground around me was covered in pips, since every particle seems to have at least four in these tangerines.
There's several caves in the area surrounding Vang Vieng and after breakfast we decided to walk to the nearest one, Tham Jang.
After having lunch at the Luang Prabang Bakery (good but relatively expensive) Paul went out to rent a motorbike and cruise the area while Ad, Mieke and I went tubing. Tubing is basically floating down the Nam Song river in a inflated inner tractor-tire. This in itself is relaxing enough but along the 4 km stretch of river various bars have been placed where you can go for a drink before floating on .
When we floated down the river empty water bottles tied to ropes would come flying to us. This was how the bar staff pulled you in. Getting out at 'our' bar we were immediately given a shot of Tiger Whiskey and shown to the campfire where we could warm ourselves (there was hardly any sun today). Some of the bars along the river have all kinds of insane swings, jumps and slides. Of course I had to try the swing en jump which 'our' bar had.
In the evening we ended up at the Kangaroo Sunset restaurant, a place owned by an Australian and run by Irish Paul and his Thai girlfriend. The food was great and Paul played songs by The Beatles, Dire Straits and The Eagles from his iPod, resulted in a slightly crazy night with lots of Beerlao. Imagine trying to teach Thai and Lao girls how to do the twist and you'll get the picture. ;-)