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Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientienne

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I'm going to be completely honest here, there are a multitude of things to do in Luang Prabang such as Temples, the Wats, The Royal Palace! Mount Phou Si which is the holy mountain, boat rides, waterfalls, caves etc the list goes on and on. So the first evening we arrived quickly sorted out of accommodation....nice place. We met up with our boat group comprising a few hilarious Canadian guys, a lovely Irish Couple, a lovely English couple plus a load of other really great people (don't worry I won't name or shame anyone here.....only myself....maybe). Someone had done their research....not on places to visit but about the bars and clubs.....it was said that after 11pm I think all the bars shut so if you take a tuk tuk out of the town you can go to a bowling alley and play PLUS they sell alcohol.....CHEAP! Now I hope I've started painting a picture here because the only temples we saw were on the way or on the way back from the bar.....it's true....we did see the palace but it was at a great height on the hill....no where near the bar or club. We played Jenga, drank beer and generally had a laugh. Then it was time to go bowling....I think there was 13 of us in one tuk tuk and probably the same in the other. On ours one Canadian guy (you know who you are) stood on the foot rest and held tight onto the roof bar for about a 15 minute bumpy trip. It was quite funny to start with until his arm started aching......ha ha.

So a quiet game of bowling? No chance...someone.....Chloe..... decided that if you get a strike you take a shot of whiskey (not a problem as a bottle of whiskey was about £3.50) . There were some really good players there.....those that were also got quite drunk! It was a great evening, one guy from Brazil came over to me and asked me if I had seen his flip flops...You don't have to wear the bowling shoes so you go bare foot. Someone had pinched his flip flops! I think we left about 2 ish. The same tuk tuk journey back. We had a lie in the next day...but some got up and went to the waterfall and some caught the sickness bug that was going around the boat.......course it wasn't a hangover.....definately a sickness bug.... A few people caught it....ummmm! Chloe really wanted to go to the waterfall....but i didn't....so we didn't go!

We were getting the night bus to Vang Vien so had plenty of time to check out the sights.....but no....we ate lunch by the river....bought DVDs and surfed the web for our next digs. So that was Luang Prabang! I was anxious of going to Vang Vieng..it has a terrible reputation for deaths on the river, massive drug problems ...etc. The drugs are not a problem...there's no chance of me or Chloe taking them and the river deaths....well most are drug or alcohol fuelled so again.....not a problem for us,,..but still.....tooo much alcohol around. The bus journey said it all....an overnighter again playing a porno film...seriously! My seat was broken which meant no sleep, however my lovely chloe offered to swap seats- doesn't happen often so I took her up on the offer! (thanks babes) she spent the rest of the journey falling off her broken seat. Finally when we did stop for food the bus got stuck in mud.

We stayed in a huge chalet catering god knows how many it was more like a tree house so I switched my lousy single bed for a plush double. The river experience was one to be remembered the first day tubing in the muddy water, swinging off into the river off the rope swing but Chloe was way braver going down the steep slide. I cut my toe on the rocks but was lucky it wasn't my head......I let go the wrong time. The following days were much the same except I saw an awful thing. A young girl who had collapsed from taking something or was spiked. They openly sell drugs there such as mushrooms and cannabis, she had her tongue hanging out and swollen, concerned with her life I got down to get her in the recovery position so she couldn't choke. Then a drunken army guy grabbed hold of me with his idiot mate and literally dragged me away from her cutting my feet in the process "I'm a trained medic....leave her alone" they didn't have a clue, it was so distressing. Eventually she was taken away in a tuk tuk semi conscious and I never found out what happened to her. That was enough for me and I never want to go there again.

We left there and went to Vientienne which was an interesting coach ride driven by Sterling Moss clipping the side of the hills as we went. We stayed overnight and left.

Tip.....change your Loas money before you leave......no one will change it once you've left.

Posted by Vicky Bailey 04:28 Archived in Laos Tagged travel laos prabang luang tubing journey mother_daughter blog world_trip vang_vieng back_packing chloe_bailey flash_packing vientienne

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