Saturday, 24 July 2010
Vang Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng was a 5 hour bus drive from Vientiane. Vang Vieng is a very small town, and tourists mainly seem to come here for tubing. This involves sitting in a large ring floating down a river, where there are lots of bars you can stop at along the way, offering free shots etc...It is obviously quite dangerous drinking alcohol with water and not something I wanted to do, as I am not so keen on drowning!
We hired bicyles and rode along a dirt track through villages and paddy fields, with large mountains looming out of the mist as a backdrop. We went to the river at the foot of a mountain where there were little huts on stilts to rest in. I had a swim in the river, it was freezing cold and took my breath away. It was really beautiful and very enjoyable, even though it was pouring with rain the whole time.
There are tribes that live in the mountains called Hmong and Yao, although they are being encouraged to move into the lowlands where there are better facilities.