V for Van, Valium, Vang Vieng
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My alarm did a really good job to wake me up at 5 AM. We got our butts in gear and headed to the nearest Wat to witness the giving alms to the monks’ ceremony. We bought the alms from the local lady that cost us 20,000 per basket. Baskets normally consist of a big bowl of sticky rice and bananas or tapioca cake.
A rumor has it that if we give the alms to the monk, what we wish would come true in the future. I don’t know how it works but I was thrilled to be the part of the ceremony. We sat on the sidewalk together with local people and some tourists and waited for the monks to pass by. Once they came, we handed out the sticky rice and banana/tapioca cake inside their container. It was a beautiful ceremony, unfortunately kinda corrupted with the touristy affect that make the ceremony less sacred or the monks might felt being exploited. Don’t get me wrong, I was still thinking it was an interesting ceremony to be witnessed.
Today is a little bit different and sadder for 3 of us since we split our ways.
The van picked us up at 8 AM and took us to the minivan station. We had to wait for about 2 hours until the van was full. But I didn’t wanna complain because this time we were not being ripped off and the people inside the van were nice.
I was a bit anxious about my motion sickness problem. I read in Lonely Planet that anyone who suffers motion sickness should take necessary precautions before the trip from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng.
Sitting behind me was a crazy Irish guy who suddenly yelled “Three valium left! Anyone care to take it?” I didn’t know what valium is and since I was too overwhelmed with my anxiety, I took one from him. I looked at Siska with a big smile on my face and said “Yay, I got a motion sickness medicine.”
It was only 15 minutes after I took the valium.. I PASSED OUT!
Didn’t aware what happened in the first 2 hours of the trip to Vang Vieng. I was totally doomed.
I felt groggy when I woke up but somehow felt better that I don’t suffer from the motion sickness. I engaged a conversation with the Irish guy named Olan who turned out to be a funky person. The rest of the trip to Vang Vieng he sat next to me and we had a good time.
Since he’s been to Vang Vieng before, he managed to help us get a nice and cheap place to stay. The room where we stayed had a balcony with a nice view of Vang Vieng nature for 60,000 kip only. Soon after we dropped our stuff in our room, we changed our clothes and went to tubing area with Olan.
It was a total culture shock for me to see what’s really going on in that place.
We moved to another place where the MUD PIT is. As soon as we got there, I was thrown away inside the pit! It was brutal yet exciting, all at the same time. Did a lot of activities there like tug of war, mud war and just simply soaking ourselves inside the pit. Totally WICKED! Beside the mud pit, it has high swing rope but I was too scared to try. I know I’m lame. Lol!
We went back to the guesthouse when it got dark. Siska and I had Lao food for our dinner at a local restaurant.
Olan joined us later that night just mellow out in our room. I had my beerlao.. (whaattt?? Did I just say I had my beerlao?? Sjeezz.. Lol!) then around 12 AM we went to Sunset Bar. It’s a cool bar with cool owner and bartenders. We met again with the people we met at the tubing area and had good time with them. Someone took “Happy Drink aka Ganja Shake” and it was her turn to pass out that night. Haha!
When I looked back, everything that happened today was kinda crazy. It’s an extreme combination of total heaven and total hell in one day. Well, but life is all about balancing, isn’t it?
I enjoyed every bit of it, likewise.