Jenn and I spent 3 days and 3 nights in Vang Vieng Laos. This place is a lost early 20 year old town to do drugs, work for free liquor at a bar or hostel and also get free accommodation and dinner. We met a lot of people here and saw that we could not stay in a town like this for too long. It is hard to explain! You are in paradise in this little town around a bunch of mountains and beautiful places but it is getting extremely westernized. We walked around to a few different bars and restaurants and a lot of places had Western food (french fries and german schnitzels?!) and played the two same shows at every..single..place. Family Guy and Friends. Jenn and I had dinner at a place and realized we just watched 6 episodes in a row and had to leave.
On the first day we got here and met Matt and Josh after they saw me failing at learning how to ride a manual motorbike. I was given horrible instructions on how to drive manual and my first attempt is down a dirt road with potholes. I did awful and Matt and Josh ran after me and tried to teach me but I just ended up getting an automatic motorbike. After that fail we decided to all hang out and they showed us some cool places walking distance around Vang Vieng. They then took us to a bar that specialized in food that have Mushrooms and Weed in them. You might think I am kidding but its all true! The bar specialized in Shroom Shakes and I just couldn't think of doing it. Two other people that Matt and Josh introduced us to decided to drink the shrooms and they got really weird really fast. The boys bought a ganja “happy pizza” and we just stuck with beer and a regular pizza. Afterwards we went to a bar called Fat Monkeys to meet the Singapore guys we already met before in Luang Prabang! We also hung out with an awesome girl named Alex and a guy named Martin. It was an overall great night.
The second day we woke up early and did the famous tourist attraction - floating the river! We rented our tubes and got taken to the end of the river where we started the tubing journey at a bar! From there we would float down the river and then we would go to another bar. They had water bottles full of rocks tied on a rope and the workers would chuck it at us to get us reeled into come to their bar! It was absolutely surreal. We got a shot of whiskey and a bracelet at every bar we went to and at one of the last ones we played volleyball! We started the tubing journey around 1pm and I didn't get home until 8pm. Jenn and I were so drained from the awesome last few hours we fell asleep and woke up at 11pm to eat soup with Matt, Josh and some german dude at one of the only restaurants open still that late.
On the third day Jenn and I rented one motorbike and made our way to the incredible Blue Lagoon and Phou Kham Caves! To get there it was a rough drive down a long gravel road in the country side but it was incredibly beautiful and I felt so powerful on that motorbike with just a map trying to figure out how to get there. The place lived up to the same and it was the most beautiful lagoon. It was so clear blue and I would jump off the trees into the water and swim around and look in the water and see fishes everywhere! You walk past the lagoon and up this side of the mountain to the Caves! We unfortunately only had one headlamp between us but we made it work! It was beautiful to be inside this cave. I can't believe all this little town had to offer. But after 3 days of fun filled activities we were ready to pack our bags and move on. Maybe it was the people that made this town a little off for us but I like going to local towns more than places run by westerners.
Through my travels the only two pieces of technology I brought were my cell phone and my camera. I kept a small blue journal with me throughout the whole trip to document when times were quiet. I suggest everyone that travels to bring a Journal and Pencil.