Linedancing in Laos!

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Bike ride - Vang Vien

 

The boys on the Beer Laos - Vang Vien

 

Swim spot - Vang Vien

 

 

Bike ride - Vang Vien

 

The boys on the Beer Laos - Vang Vien

 

Swim spot - Vang Vien

 

 

Laos

 

 

"A country that has been bombed with half a ton of explosives for every man women and child" - now you think that they would be seriously pissed off by all this but no... everywhere you go 'SABIDEE' (hello!). Goddamn they are the friendliest people I've met so far!

Pictures include The Plains of Jars, a brand new drinking game, Vang Viang, the most beautiful swim spot I've ever seen!

 

 

My route through Thailand

 

 

My route through Laos

 

 

1. Vientiane

2. Vang Viang

3. Plain of Jars - Phonsavan

 

 

4. Vientiane, flight onto Hanoi

 

 

 

 

Vientiane

 

 

I started in the capital - Vientiane. To be honest, this is a dull start from an otherwise fascinating country! I quickly moved onto Vang Viang - the countries backpacking tourist spot. Here there are all sorts of activities available from tubing down the local river to rock-climbing and pot-holing. Needless to say I sat on my arse, drank some Beer Lao (good stuff!) and visited a couple of caves.

Linedancing - Viang Viang

One interesting night out ended in a club full of locals... here I experience the finest banging laos techno (backstreet boys songs played at light speed) mixed in with some britney and linedancing songs! It was crazy watching all of the laos locals linedancing away (badly) to some country music crap!

Louang Phabang

After Vang Viang I moved onto Louang Phabang which is a 'World Heritage Site' (as it likes to remind you every five seconds). A quaint little town with some nice views, sat on the Mekong River. It, like Vang Viang is over-run with tourists! Here I met some other Farang (foreigner) and we went on to create perhaps the greatest drinking game known to man (no name, vague rules)... well we at least finished off the supplies of Tiger Whisky of the restaurant so they had to run out for more!

Plain of Jars - some big assed pots in some big assed fields

After meeting up with a like minded Norwegian, I decided to brave the nine-hour, bandit risking (see photo of armed bus guard, armed with AK-47 and grenandes) local-bus to Phonsavan to visit the nearby, again world famous, 'Plain(s) of Jars'. I added the 's' as there are more than one plains (they call them different sites). This was one of the areas of Laos most bombed by the Americans in the Vietnam war. Everywhere around the sites and indeed the town are chilling reminders of the size of the bombs and the shear magnitude of explosives used. Local villagers use the bomb casings as stilts for their huts! And our guesthouse even used bullet casings for the key-rings for its rooms! Still the jars were fascinating (even if no-one actually knows what they are for or did!)

My return.....?

Well, as you can see from the map didn't 'do' as much of Laos as I could which means one day I'll have to go back.. I hope they have the bandits under control by then!

 

 

Buddah Caves - Luang Phabang

 

Tiger Whiskey- Smooth and Mellon

 

Me with the jars - Site B

 

 

Buddah Caves - Luang Phabang

 

Tiger Whiskey- Smooth and Mellon

 

Me with the jars - Site B

 

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