Checking out the Lao scenery

Trip Start Apr 13, 2010
Trip End Sep 10, 2010

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Viangchan,
Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spent a lot of today trying to decide where we should go to next. See more of Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Southern Thailand, or Malaysia?  Such a hard life we have travelling.  Yesterday we went down the river again, drunk another bucket, had a few beers, a scorpion shot and jumped off more platforms and swings, as is the norm on the river in Vang Vieng

Today we decided to rent motorbikes again and go see what the country side has to offer.  The mountains around Vang Vieng are awesome, really jagged and pointy.  We Boosted along some gravel roads (heaps of pot holes) trying to find a place called Blue Lagoon.  Before getting there we found a cave up in the hill that we checked out with some local kids.  There were stalactites that made sounds when you strummed them.  Further up the road we found blue lagoon.  The water is really blue and there were a bunch of fish swimming round.  We headed up the mountain by the lagoon (the path is extra steep) to another cave.  This one was way way bigger.  Just into the cave a bit is a Buddhist statue.  We carried on deeper into the cave exploring the different parts. (Luckily just before leaving Vang Vieng for the caves and pool we had been reminded to take a torch),  after a while of climbing and walking you loop back to the start,  back down the mountain and we went and had a swim in the blue lagoon.  Sam back flipped out of a tree into the water. It is always an amazing feeling to swim in some cool water when all you are surrounded by is heat.

We rode our bikes back to town where we stopped for some Lao lunch.  Then we headed out the other side of town for a drive. Upon returning to town we went and booked a rock climbing guide for tomorrow, The local man named Adam was recommended by a few people as the best and speaks good English which is very refreshing; sometimes it can be very difficult to communicate with such large language barriers.

We went for a day of rock climbing on real life rocks. Was a lot of fun. Our instructor spoke good English and was funny as well. To get there we caught a tuk tuk down the road for 3km and then crossed the river on a boat. Was cool cause it was in between two cliffs so was nice and shady. Started off on an easy wall and tried a bit harder as the day went on. We both climbed a 22m level 6a wall. We saw a humongous centipede. We were even supplied with chicken fried rice for lunch. After lunch we did a bit more climbing until our muscles were exhausted. Ended up trying to climb a level 6B with 2 finger holes which were just too small. 
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