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Sa-bai dee from Vang Vieng!!

LAOS | Sunday, 25 January 2009 | Views [703] | Comments [6]

After getting sick on a 4 hour bus from Vientienne--I finally made it to the breath-taking town of Vang Vieng. From our hotel room you can see the karsts and jungle in one direction and mountains in the other.  There are wobbly bamboo bridges leading to "Smile Island" where there are plenty of bars, bonfires and little huts blaring music. We're kind of avoiding the area--too many drunk backpackers, although there are tons of hammocks to chill out and have a drink overlooking the river.  The mojitos here are the best I've ever had.  There are "tv bars" all over the place, which are all playing either the Simpsons or Friends and each local restaurant/bar is playing Bob Marley music.  One night we tried to stay in the more local part of the town, but unfortuantly at our guesthouse someone broke into our room and stole our ipods and electronic equipment. Luckily, I had my camera on me, as well as all my important papers, money, etc. But because my camera cord was stolen, I have to find a place to recharge my camera so pictures might not be posted for a while :(  So far, we've been taking it easy and really enjoying the scenary. The food is really yummy, we ate at the Organic Farm and had some incredible spring rolls and Pad Thai, along with Mulberry wine. There are lots of Indian food places, and lots of street vendors selling "pancakes" which are kind of similar to crepes and really good sandwiches. Becuase of the French influence in Vang Vieng, there is alot of little cafes, French food and architecture.  We dont have enough money in our budget to go tubing, but we did climb one of the hills to excess a cave (which was a little disappointing considering we were charged) and into the jungle (staying along the path of course).  It's quite a different experience to be walking through the more rural areas and seeing families picking rice and hanging out in small wooden shacks, yet people seem very happy and friendly.  I haven't seen any monkeys, although there are plenty of giant beetles and dogs and cats everywhere...as well as chickens and cows.  Tomorrow we are taking an 8 hour bus ride to Phansovan, where the Plain of Jars is located, staying there for a few days and moving onto Luang Probang.

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So very happy to hear from you! The picture you send is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I've never been so interested in these countries in my whole life!
Blessings and love,
Khoi hak jao,
Mooma

  Mooma Jan 26, 2009 1:51 AM

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Chrstine,

Supposedly there are several camera stores in Luang Probang at the new market on Kitsalat Rd, and also at the chinese market out towards the northern bus station. You might be able to get a power cord for your camera there.

Lot's of food vendors selling 'pancakes'??? I wonder if that's why they call the backbacking trail through the region 'the Banana Pancake Trail'?

I ran across this other blog about some people staying in Vang Vieng. (www.meganandmichael.com/travelogue/laos/the-banana-pancake-trail.php) It read just like Christine's ... complete with cave exploring, organic farms, and getting sick on that same bus ride! lol

Some other links of interest below. The Plain of Jars website is pretty cool.

Vang Vieng, Laos:
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vang_Vieng
www.wikitravel.org/en/Vang_Viang

Phansovan and Plain of Jars:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonsavan
http://plainofjars.net/
http://wikitravel.org/en/Plain_of_Jars

Luang Probang
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luang_Prabang
http://wikitravel.org/en/Luang_Prabang

  Uncle Frank Jan 26, 2009 2:38 AM

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Hoping in Luang Prabang you hear the monks chanting!

  mooma Jan 26, 2009 3:11 AM

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Christine~

Thanks for keeping us posted. This is much better than the occasional postcard that arrives three months too late.

You absolutely sound like you are having a wonderful time. (I'm sorry to hear about you getting sick on the bus, blech!) Keep breathing it all in.

Eilene

  Eilene Jan 26, 2009 8:33 AM

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Stineee!

I'm so sorry you got your stuff broken into! I'm glad everything else was okay though =)

Love,
Shel

  Shel Jan 26, 2009 5:27 PM

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Christine: Sounds like you are really seeing some great sights. Hopefully your eight hour trip will be better. Don't imagine the roads are anything like ours-bumpy bumpy. Take care and thinking of you.
Grandma Ann


  ann grandau Jan 28, 2009 2:26 AM

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