13.05.2008 32 °C
Vang Vieng is a Laos town situated along the Nam Song River and is a destination of all young backpackers looking for a relaxing day tubing down the river drinking beer and swinging from these long ropes into the river. These "tubers" (get the joke from the title now?) take over the town every afternoon. There are a several businesses that are over-run by with young guys and girls dressed in skimpy bikinis and surfer shorts waiting in line for their tube and the 4 km ride to the starting point.
Ted and I have learned long ago that we aren't 21 any more. We like a few beers and even some good music but we are not touring around South East Asia seeking out the best party, Dude! So we were a little shell shocked when we left the quaint town of Luang Prabang to enter into Fort Lauderdale during Spring Break. The whole town has boomed with this this influx of young backpackers. The town is really in a gorgeous area but the some of the charm is lost on this "tubing scene!". Most people are more interested in how they look than meeting a local or enjoying good food.
Now you may think I'm a bit of an old fuddy-duddy but Ted and I did part take in the "Tubing experience" we stood in line, got to the river and while everyone else from our Tuk Tuk jumped in the water we waited while we applied sunscreen! After the first few "Tube up" bars it settled down a bit and we found a great guy that was very "free" with the Lao-Laos whiskey! We had a few good beers that loosened us up before going to a few more bars on the way back into town. The day was really awesome and Ted and I had a good time (Especially Ted, as I was still recovering from the worst car sickness ever the day before).
We topped off the day with a great Laos supper and more Sticky rice. Laos food has been one of the great secrets about Laos. The food is wonderful and so fresh. I am personally addicted to having Laap Pa - Fish spicy salad and sticky rice!
We left Vang Vieng after only a day so that we could "Kayak to Vientiane". So yesterday we broke up another windy Laos trip with some kayaking down the Nam Lik. It wasn't enough time in the boat for us (or my stomach) but it was fun none the less.
We are now safely in Vientiane for a few days before we leave for the Thai Islands of Ko Samui and Ko Phagan! We only have 2 weeks left of our trip (we arrive home the night of May 28th) and are of mixed feelings about going home...happy to see everyone but we aren't quite ready to give up this golden honeymoon! Thank goodness we don't go back to work until September!!