Vientiane and Vang Vieng
Well there wasn’t actually a lot to do in Vientiane, capital of Laos, and seemingly, one of those cities that exists because it has to. Its ok, it just doesn’t have a lot of character. Which is a shame, because the first stage of my epic journey home involves going back there. For a city though, it is very quiet, which applies to most of Laos generally.
Anyway, it doesn’t have much, but what it does have, is a gun range. So we went, just purely to help round out our view of Laos’ ancient and mystical culture, of course.
We got to shoot Uzi’s (although again sadly no AK47). As you can see i was massively disappointed to only fire an Uzi.
And we got to shoot a Colt 45, which was brilliant. Rhys here shown in his most caring and child-friendly posture.
After that, we were pretty much done with Vientiane, so we jumped on the bus to Vang Vieng, or as its otherwise known, “Tubing!”. Vang Vieng is Laos’ dedicated party town. Drug menus are posted in quite a few of the bars, everywhere sells buckets of alcohol and amphetamines. Basically the idea is to hire a tube in town, and then they drive you up the river and you float down again, stopping at the many bars with swings and huge slides on the way down to get slaughtered. This pic is from one of the bars in relatively quiet section…
The thing is though, the area is really beautiful. It has the first proper mountains i’ve seen since mid-Vietnam. We went to a guesthouse a little outside the main town so we could actually sleep, and this was the view from the breakfast area.
After a couple of days of that, we headed on to Luang Prabang. Through 250kms of road which might well be the best of the trip. I took pics out of the moving bus but they’re rubbish. This is the best shot i got of this amazing scenery, taken when we stopped for a toilet break. You just have to imagine it continues like this for 360 degrees. And 250kms. I was absolutely gutted that we did the entire thing in a sodding bus…