party on the river…
“blazing through the towering limestone mountains of laos to the river town of vang vieng we arrive in our mini bus.
so we’ve been taking lots of minibuses and each time you think your going to be riding in the brand new one sitting at the bus station, but when the time comes they always bring the old van around from the back. well, our luck has changed and we finally had the pleasure our of riding in a new minivan with a great ac and plenty of power. since the car was so new our driver was a litttle timid and liked to brake when diving up hill. oh well, the ac worked great.
the landscape is beautiful here in laos. we loved thailand but here it’s all blue skies and greenery with the classic limestone giants towering in the air.
we found a nice bungalow across the river down towards the end of town. when we arrived at the bridge to cross, they wanted 4000kp to cross, so we decided just to walk across the water instead. having to wade across the river each time you want to go home makes for a great adventure – plus you can go for a swim and cool off!
our first night we joined our travel friends for a great meal on the streets. we tried the fried morning glory and fired noodles with chicken and chased it down with a large beer lao. then we went to the bucket bar for a bucket of wiskey. in asia it seems to be your best value but the hangover is very bad. even worse was the dj who was playing at the club. so we sat and watch 3 boys that look like girls dance and grind on the pole – not a pretty sight. it seemd to work because every 10 minutes or so you would see a guy walk up and go for a hug, then jump back 5 feet and run away while his buddies would laugh.
more about our mountain bike excursion next time…”