Vang Vieng (where the hell is it ?)

Trip Start Apr 07, 2012
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Trip End Nov 14, 2012


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Vang Vieng

We have arrived here (where ever here is) it took us 6 hours in the minibus, bags on the roof, some have rucksacks that aren't water proof or even water resistant, (why would you have a rucksack like that ?you only take it out when it’s not raining ??)

Anyway, they all got a pretty good drowning after 6 hours of torrential rain and being on the roof (as you can imagine), a few unhappy campers along the way, that got their bags

We had a couple of stops along the way, mainly to stretch our legs, the mini buses weren’t the most comfortable I have used

We got fairly decent rooms, but the place is pretty run down, they seem to be in the motions of tarting it up, they are painting stuff (they are painting with one hand and holding a brolly with the other)

It’s still raining, been like it all night, and seems like it will be here most of the day

There are things to do here, but..................................

Tubing, but the river is too high, the zip lines are under water, kayaking, the rocks are under water, so it’s too dangerous, rock/cliff climbing, it’s too wet and dangerous, caving, they are flooded

There isn’t much (nothing) to see of interest here, massage parlours, the Aussie bar, the Irish bar (both a disappointment), a myriad of tat shops, no end of shops selling flip flops

As you all know, the temples are called WAT’s, I have just been to a temple called That, so you could say I have seen Wat’s That

The place looks like a very wet Wild West town taken over by slopes to me

We have 3 more nights here, so unless the weather clears and dries up a lot, it’s going to be very boring here (I think facebook will get a lot of visits from lots here, they all had withdrawal symptoms in China where it’s blocked, I had a program that allowed them to get on it, but none used it, too worried if they ever got caught, I been using it since Iran, with no problems, but I don’t have a facebook page),

So my laptop got a lot of use, as you can imagine, not that I got any thanks for it

I’ll post a couple of photos, but I think you have all seen rain before, but unless there are some drastic changes, I’ll just make the one post for this place


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I have added this today (Friday, 10 August)

It has been 4 days of continual rain, it has stopped maybe for an hour, I have no idea why we spent so long here, there is nothing to do, okay there is caving, tubing, climbing, but there isnt anything that can be done while its raining, and bundled up in a raincoat or cape

I'll be glad to leave here, maybe the next stop will be drier

It looks like we have lost another one from the trip (how many will there be at the end I wonder)

Just said he had enough of the company, the piss poor accomadation and lack of cameraderie of the group, he just said bye and jumped the bus, I dont know if he will rejoin us though

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I have had a reply from UKtoOZ, they have just repeated themselves, this is a budget trip and we will get the cheapest accommodation possible, and if dorms are it, that is what we get, even a mixed dorm

Their terms and conditions have been changed; they are different from those I printed out before I left

There was no mention of the money for those who have left the trip and where that has gone or what it will be used for (it hasn’t been used on us)

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Comments

rossport
rossport on

sounds like another laurel and hardy moment mate another fine mess u have got me in, and hmmm change the terms um no they can't do that the terms you signed for are the ones they have to abide by me thanks this crowd are getting shocker by the day mate and will PM u in an email re who to dob them into on the net :) there are good sites

Anne on

They can not change the contract you go buy the one you sighed
It look like they thin they can do what they want
The place does not loo that bad do not mean your room ,

mmbcross
mmbcross on

As far as your comments on the trip from uk to oz, there can be no better place that TripAdvisor. It's the one site any intelligent person would consult first. I typed in UK to OZ in the search field and actually came up with some interesting stuff in the Outdoors / Adventure Travel Forum

derrick241
derrick241 on

Unless anyone else printed the T&C they will have a hard job proving what they signed, the company arent going to admit to changing them, are they

UKtoOZ (or now known as Madventure) havent posted any replies on ANY blog, but they are watching most of them

The blog on the madventure site is written by Jamo,going by the blog he has written we have been to completely different places, it hasnt been as good as he has said, how can a trip of 4 months (so far) be perfect in everyway, if it had been so perfect, why have 5 people left the trip ?

(i daresay there will be more)

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