Left Hanoi at 7pm on Monday, arrived in Vientiene Tuesday at 2pm. Its the capital city but again, you wouldn't think so! Have listed it as Vang Vieng because according to this sites map, Vientiene doesn't exist!
Stayed overnight in Vientiene, went to the Laos National Museum which was really interesting. Had some suspicious chicken and sticky rice for dinner then moved on to Vang Vieng the next day.
Vang Vieng is just full of backpackers, the first thing i thought was, these poor locals! Bar after bar playing re runs of Friends, Simpsons and Family Guy serving western food! Not going to lie we did enjoy a fair few hours slumped in front of Friends! Tubing is the attraction here. You get a tube from the town, and pile in a tuk tuk that takes you to the river. Make shift bars line either side of the river. You are welcomed by a free shot of Lao whisky and a free banana! You just jump in your tube (me and lucy shared one because it was pretty pricey so more like clinging unattractively to the edge- we werent the only ones!) and head on down the river.. when you come to a bar they throw you a rope and pull you in! Time for your next shot and free banana! Was really good fun.. even if a tad painful when you get to the really shallow parts and get scraped along the river bed! On the 2nd day we found a mud bar too, so gross but fun!
Got a 24hr bug the next day (swear it was dodgy food not alcohol) so slept all day then headed to Luang Prabang!