Vang Vieng Travel -Highlights of Laos

Vang Vieng Travel -Highlights of Laos Part 3

Did you read Part 2 of Laos Travels: Nong Khiaw – Highlights of Laos?  I arrive in Luang Prabang (LP) far too late to catch the night bus and I miss Heather. I check into the Spicy Laos Backpackers: party central but it has cheap dorm beds and free banana’s and wifi. I head to the bus station early the next morning to catch a minivan to Vang Vieng.

Vang Vieng Travel from Luang Prabang

I am so happy I did not make the night bus to Vang Vieng as the drive from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng is one of the most breathtaking drives I have ever experienced.

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Vang Vieng travel by bus allows for incredible views -Dropping out of the higher mountainous elevation brings spectacular views of the valleys below with their dramatic crass cliffs rising out of the flat plains.

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The road is also one of the windiest roads I have ever been on and several puking stops are required for the passengers.

On arrival to Vang Vieng, I am suppose to meet up with my friend, Heather.

I head to an internet café as she is supposed to have written me the address of her hostel – there is nothing!

The Hunt for My Passport…

I begin to have a mild freak out – as Heather has my passport and I have no contact info for her!!

I keep checking my mail but there is nothing from her – I am at a loss as to what to do.  I have no passport and MUST find Heather.

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I remember that she had talked of doing the famous “tubing” so, as a last resort, I decide to find where the tubing was booked and see if by some chance they kept a record of the tubers.

I find the tubing and am delightful to discover that they do take the tubers names down – I search through hundreds of names searching for a Heather – I do not know her last name – from the US… I find one, a Heather Papp – I recognize that last name… it says she is staying at Nana hotel.

With hope rising,  I find the hotel and inquire there – unfortunately the hotel told me that a group had come in very late the previous night but being short handed non of them had been registered.I describe her: ethnically Korean girl with a tattoo on her shoulder – one lady lights up at the description of the tattoo – she is here!!

Nam Song River

After my dilemma is over I am able to rush to the Nam Song River to catch the sunset behind the spectacular crass mountains, which line the banks of the river.

The Nam Song in a stony fast flowing river and I join some children flinging our bodies into the rushing current and floating down the rapids together.

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Heather returns that evening and I am happy to see her and relieved to be reunited with my passport. After hearing of the famous “tubing” described as a massive drunk partying – I determined it is not quite my idea of a good time!

The location of Vang Vieng, however, is quite spectacularly gorgeous – the tranquil Nam Song dancing though majestic crass cliffs.

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My Adventure on the Nam Song River

I decide to take on the river on my own – no tube and no tourists. I catch a ride to take me up stream the next morning and I begin my swim at the organic farm.

There are only a few tourists in the water and I enjoy the swings and massive slide that have been established by the popularity of the float.

I am in heaven – swimming down the rapids shoots me back to my childhood days!

I swim all the way back to town where I then decide to run to the Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon

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Wow! What a beautiful world – I run along a dirt road between karst peaks and quiet villages.

Reaching the Blue Lagoon, I discover a pool of clear blue, a tall tree to swing and jump from and a bunch of tourist.

I join a couple of girls to explore the Phu Kham Cave, which is near the pool.

We come out of the cave just in time to see the sun sinking behind the mountains and I begin the 7km walk back to town.

Reds mingle into purples streaking the sky as stars begin to sparkle and a calm peace covers the land.

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The ‘True’ Non-Touristy Laos

I pass though villages about their business and I am delighted to be greeted warmly by everyone I pass.

This is the true Laos, absent of the infringing tourism at its worst, which plagues Vang Vieng Travel.

The sky is packed with stars and a moon follows my steps as I pass between giant karst cliffs. Such Beauty can only be experienced and I walk slower savoring the moment and enjoying the peace.

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