The Road To Vang Vieng
Trip Start Oct 01, 2011
217Trip End May 05, 2012
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D' Rose Gardens
Next stop Vang Vieng. Home of tubing, drinking and generally being lazy from the sounds of it. Tuktuk arrived to take us to the bus. Again it's a bit crap but theres nothing crazy in the aisles and it set off roughly on time.
6 or so hours later we arrived at another bus station and got a free tuktuk into the town to a hotel. As Laos and Cambodia have been far more difficult to find accommodation we had decided that for here we would book online. We had a bit of a moan about walking with our bags and not just staying at the first place we saw. As it was we were a bit too quick to moan. The place we are staying is a little away from the bars etc but it's an amazing place. It's basic but nice bungalows set in a huge garden that faces out onto the mountains. Easily the most picturesque place we have stayed.
We went and sat around the pool alone until it was dusk. We got ready and went out expecting a deluge of drunken idiots and noise. It couldn't actually have been further from the truth, the area that appeared to be the main strip in town is filled with bars but with the exception of one place it was all pretty quiet. It's pretty cool though, Vang Vieng used to be a dot on the map until tubing was set up and since then it's expanded quickly along 2 or 3 streets all of which are aimed directly at tourists. It's the only place I've been which feels like it was built solely for tourists.
The bars are pretty cool, all setup for ultimate lazing around, big cushions and mats etc. Almost all the bars play episodes of Friends all day and night, some play Family guy. We opted to eat at the one busy restaurant that had a sectioned off area for people wanting to watch friends. I ate Lao food for the first time. Pork laap. It had little difference to many Thai dishes I've eaten, spicy pork cooked with a particular herb. The one difference was the rice, it comes in a box and it's stuck together in a ball so to eat you have to break off the rice and dip into the food. It was pretty good, glad I've tried at least one Lao dish.
We didn't do too much exploring after this as we wanted an early night as we have a day of tubing ahead of us tomorrow. The plan is to do a test run and not drink too much, lets see how that turns out.