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Vang Vieng, Laos

Written on: Wednesday December 20th, 2006

A journal entry from: Southeast Asia

A winding road climbing hills and traversing high ridges inhabited by desolate hill tribe villages brought us to this small town  situated on the Nam Song surrounded by beautiful limestone karst terrain.  The town itself lacks the charm and beauty of Luang Prabang, but it's not hard to enjoy yourself here....picture tubing down the river and being dragged to shore by a local with a bamboo pole. There you get served refreshments of ANY kind, warmed by a fire or a game of cards on a bamboo deck, or, for the brave, a high terrain swing-dive into the river.  In this way, you stretch a two hour tube ride into a five hour ride.  Picture a long bike ride crossing rice paddies in the shadow of the karst, stopping to climb up  the limestone  wall into a huge cave with deep galleries branching off, complete with a reclining Buddha. Vang Vieng was a great "play" stop on our journey south.