Underrated scenery, overrated tubing!
Trip Start Aug 14, 2012
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The next day we met with the Liverpudlian couple, Matt and Emma, and hired bicycles to go on a 7km ride to the "Blue Lagoon". On the way we met four Lao boys, only one had a bike, so we gave the remaining three backies to their destination. This involved going up a slightly sloped but long hill. Embarrassingly the exertion, midday heat, humidity and lack of fitness took it's toll on Kate, who felt sick and faint! We stopped at a lady's garden bar for a drink so we could all cool down a bit. After twenty minutes, we told Matt and Emma to ride on while Kate recovered. Bananas were the only food on offer - something Kate had never, ever liked! At this point though, she was willing to try anything and twenty minutes after eating her first ever banana (which she actually liked and has not stopped eating since) she was fine for the rest of the day. We caught up to the others at the blue lagoon, which was not quite how we had imagined it. There was no blue lagoon in the cave, which Lonely Planet suggests! The cave was another 200metre near vertical hike, tiring after the bike ride. The opening to cave was huge, slippery and dark in places. Shane went off to go and have a look at the actual pitch black cave, but once he had reached the edge of the darkness, he got scared and returned to the sanctuary of the light!
The next day we decided to hire a moped. We lost our moped virginity successfully, without falling off on the dirt track roads. We went to a nearby waterfall which isn't in the lonely planet but should be. It was very quiet and we enjoyed swimming in the refreshing pools.
The next day we decided to do the infamous tubing, which cost us more than the previous two days because of its popularity! It was ok. It took about an hour and a half but with nowhere to stop for a drink and some shade, Kate got a sunburnt face. Shane grazed his back when the waters were shallow but the scenery was good. To sum it all up, it was not worth the price but it would've been nice if a couple of bars were open to get a couple of drinks and some shade. We spent the rest of the day in a bar playing cards as it was starting to rain. The next day we were leaving for Luang Prabang.