So I left Vientaine early to get to Vang Vieng. It was the hariest bus ride I've been on. Imagine a large bus, with no suspension going as fast as possible around the numerous corners into the mountains so much so that you were flung in and out of your seat constantly with the door flying open on occasions. A great way to travel, and I'm not even being sarcastic, it was a great laugh, a 4 hour roller coaster!
When I arrived in Vang Vieng I checked into the Orchid Guest House right on the river. Stunning views of the mountains behind it. Then I had a walk around the town. It reminded my a bit of Dahab. I spend a couple of hours having food and watching episodes of Family Guy and Friends which play in all the restaurant.
That evening I crashed early to gear up for river tubing.
Before lunch the next morning I donned my swimmers, hired an inner tube and jumped into a tuk tuk to head up river to tube. In my tuk tuk there were a couple from Chelmsford, and enough Aussies and Kiwis to ensure the day would be jokes. Tubing must be the best organised pissup I have ever been on. You are dropped up the top of the river at a started bar and streching before you are countless others all offering free shots to ease your way along in the sunshine. At each of the bars there are also swings, ziplines and slides. So buy the time I had finished my first beer I had already been spun 360 as I fliped off the end of a zipline. At the next bar I had a couple of goes on one of the swings tho never managing a flip. After that we all had a game of mud volley ball, effectively a mud bath as you cant take more than a step without falling on your arse. The final bar had the best slides and swings of all as they were by far the largest. The slide was enormous launching you 10ft above the water. This is why I now have a large bruise running down my right leg! By the end we had to race back to not be fined for getting the tubes back after 6pm and crashed back at one of the restuarants in front of the TVs.
I wish I had had more time there as it was an fantastic place, however as I want to get to Koh Toa for Christmas and want to see fresh water dolphins around the 4000 islands I'm back in Vientaine to head down south tonight.