Vang Vieng: the non-party side

Vang Vieng is located next to the Nam Song river with a backdrop of idyllic scenery and the river itself is host to tubing – a water and alcohol sport(?!) that sees hundreds of westerners floating down a river in doughnut shaped rubber tubes, stopping at riverside bars to drink and party. Though not completely happy with the idea of coming to such a serene place and proceeding to just party with other backpackers, it was my birthday so I accepted the hypocrisy, kicked back, and had fun. Whilst my birthday celebration in Vang Vieng was one of my best birthday celebrations to date, this post won’t go into my birthday celebration (see Facebook)…this post is the pictures from Kayaking and seeing caves.

The day after my birthday Camille, Celine, Jason, Michel and I went to a Kayaking tour. The tour started with tubing inside the water cave. The caves were great but the highlight was some of the views along the Nam Song river on our way down.

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The following day I rented a semi-automatic manual bike to ride around and visit some particularly impressive caves around Vang Vieng.

The cave seemed endlessly dark. As I walked through it with my torch, the echoes of my own footsteps continually confused me. It always seemed like I was being followed or that someone was waiting for me around the corner.

Unfortunately I wasn’t a lucky duck. My bike ran out of gas and I had to ask the very kind people at Green Fields Restaurant to help me out. I gave him some money, he jumped on his bike and came back with 1L of petrol.

After that I decided the best thing was to get the bike back to the shop. Time was ticking and my petrol wouldn’t last long…but then I saw a sign for a cool looking cave. The road was particularly tricky with a stoney and gravel path all the way to the cave. My back tyre kept sliding all over the place but I made it there and back safely.

Striking the rocks with a stone created really cool music, I assumed it was because the rock is hollow and had some metal in them.

To exit the cave I had to crawl through a narrow tunnel for 15 minutes leaving a nice layer of dirt all over my clothes.

At the end of the day I treated myself a Pat Lao. It was delicious.

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