Day 3, Laos, Vientiane – Vang Viang, 16 April 2011.
The back of our hotel which is also the road we had to take to return our bikes. Super pro shot with a flying bird in action =P
Kinda interesting how different the front street and the back street is.
By the way Lao coffee sucks. And so Tam and Meng went to return the bikes (cause I was being ah gua, didn’t wanna ride anymore) while Long and I went out in search of bus tickets to Vang Vieng, I like how this trip was planned, in the sense that besides knowing which cities we were going, our route and the days to be spent in each city, nothing else was planned. Almost couldn’t get bus tickets as most shops weren’t open for the New Year and the few that were open said that the bus heading to Vang Vieng was full. Got some grilled vegetarian snacks from the street stalls outside the temples along the way which was really good! No photos, apparently I’m not really a photo person, especially not one who take photos of food =X
No surprise when the bus came and it was overbooked. Luckily, with much experience of squeezing up buses and being at the front of queues, all four of us managed to get seats. More than half the people waiting with us had to wait for the next bus, whatever time it was going to arrive. Lesson learnt, its good to be kiasu, especially in Laos. The bus turned out better than expected and so it was a relatively pleasant 4 hour bus ride.
Arrived in Vang Vieng, one of my favorite places to be in Laos, somewhere in the late afternoon, checked into this beautiful place, where it looks exactly like in the photos on its website. I could really live there for awhile doing nothing =D
Headed out, Long got his wounds cleaned and bandaged at a local hospital, A&E, my first time in a hospital overseas! There was another aunty in the emergency room who kept moaning, scary; a Korean couple came in after wearing sports jersey with the female holding her elbow in pain. We spent some time hearing their cries and trying to guess their relationship, why they were in Laos and the cause of the injury.
The con of not planning is that, we really don’t know the names of the places we’ve been cause its mostly random wandering and exploring.
Some bridge to get to the quieter side. Nam Song Bridge? Or is it Nam Song River?
Sunset as we wandered around.
Ended the night with a friendly competition of mosquitoes killing, a battle with the red ants and quiet reading =D
Day 4 in Laos, Vang Vieng, 17 April 2011.
Woke up the next morning in shock as it was bright outside and we had arranged to take the hot air balloon at sunrise. Checked my phone and it was only 5.30am. Totally felt cheated of my sunrise, anyway, woke the rest up with exclamations of being cheated of my sunrise and off we went for one of the highlights of our trip =D
The hot air balloon being set up.
My 2 fav shots!
Some ugly shots, so not a morning person =P
Arranged to visit some lagoon and some cave. Caving was pretty fun as we had to like really climb and it was completely dark in the cave. If only we brought candles and some food up for lunch =P Spent some time playing with our shadows but was unable to capture successfully on our cameras.
Meng riding his scrambler and his happy pillion.
Doesn’t exactly sound right if I said I choose the comfort of a tuk tuk since it wasn’t comfortable at all. Not exactly safer as well but at least instead of being stressed out over riding, I got to fight with Long over an empty water bottle in the tuk tuk. Wth. Hahaha.
Some shots in the cave.
Spent the rest of the afternoon doing what everyone has to do in Vang Vieng, watch Friends in a cafe while the guys continued to explore on the scrambler and get really dirty.
That night, was yet, another experience of my life. =D