“we decided in the morning to rent some mountain bikes and go for a ride to to numerous caves and blue lagoons that lie within the limestone mountains.
we spent the day swimming in the blue lagoon and lounging in the shade. we then completed the ride it was around 30km and took us into different villages and across many rivers. i must say the next day we were sore and i think that was our first bit of exercise in months.
everyone comes to this town for one thing: tubing. you rent a tube take a tuk tuk up the river where you are dropped off at the first bar. spring break here we come! ’i remember back in 1989…’ oh sorry that’s another story.
lots of loud music ,drinking and a giant rope swing - its a great place to get lubed up and watch the daring tourists swinging out of a tree to drop 30 ft into the river. lots of good laughs watching everyone. one thing they do is write on themselves with a permanent marker [see the blog pictures for more] everyone is just having fun in the sun.
by the way we didn’t rent a tube we just swam the whole way. the tube rental is about $10 us dollars with a $5 deposit and we thought the money was better spent on alcohol. next you swim to the other bar where they greet you with shots of whiskey and a chance to ride their rope swing. so by now im feeling pretty good so i try it out. we spent the next hour jumping off the platform and riding the cable swing into the water.
next across the river to another bar and rope swing. now both stacy and i are ready for the rope swings. we had lots of fun and good laughs as we swung across the river into the water. i don’t have to tell you that we had a good buzz by now. so off to the next and here we have a giant concrete slide that launches you into the air and down into the river. this is a blast but very dangerous. i think i cracked a rib or something – the next few days will tell. stacy launched herself into the river and came up with a huge smile…always good to see.
everyone at this point is feeling great and the party still going strong. we stuck it out till the sun was going down and grabbed a tuk tuk back to town. its funny to watch as the people come back you see some really drunk people. some don’t even know where they are or how they got here!
we ended the evening after a nap with a cool couple we met up in luang prabang. she was from ecuador and her husband from switzerland where they now lived. had a great time comparing countries, travel experiences, and the everyday life. hopefully we’ll see them again down the road.
we may leave tomorrow down to vien tiane and then work our way to vietnam, we’ll see. first another swim in the river with the local kids before the sun goes down. if we don’t get out of town now we’ll coaxed into doing the tubing again with one of our new friends, celebrating his 30th b-day tomorrow. it’d probably be in our best interest (and safety) to get out while we can.
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peace and love and tubing!”