As you can see from our pictures of Laos, we didn't do much "tourist time". We were so tired from rushing Cambodia and Vietnam, and knowing we only had 3 nights here didn't want to do the same so decided to just have fun..so that's what we did! We love Laos!!!! We spent one night in Vientiane which was enough as there's not loads to do. Its a very pretty place and they have a lush bakery which became our local for the day! It was so different to Cambodia and Vietnam, a lot more chilled out and you'd have to wake up the tuk tuk drivers if you needed to go somewhere whereas other places we'd be chased down the street! After our first night in Vientiane we got a 3 hour coach up to Vang Vieng. The drive was actually nice as there were some lovely views of all the mountains and rivers. We immediately fell in love with Vang Vieng and its mood. Everyones so friendly and relaxed so it was nice to have a change. The afternoon we got there, after walking in the boiling heat to find a hostel, we found a nice little Irish bar and had some banana shakes! (Our usual) Then we got chatting to the owner and before we knew it we had two shots of whiskey brought over to us on the house! It turned out to be a little drunk afternoon! We decided to go back to the Irish bar for an evening meal but whilst we were eating the whole town had a powercut so it ended up being a romantic candle lit dinner! haha. But it wasn't so fun trying to find our guest house in the dark! The next day we were going tubing! We were quite apprehensive as we didn't really know what to expect or what to take or wear! The only thing we were told was that the river was quite low as it was dry season so we didn't really need tubes, we could just swim. So we hired out a dry bag for our money and clothes, but still didn't want to risk taking the camera which is a shame as we have no pictures (sorry!). We got a tuk tuk to the launch point and immediately got attacked by the smile bar staff who were all dressed in pink! We got on with all of them really well, they were given free shots out and drawing all over us! We ended up spending the day with them drinking and swimming to the next bars. This is where we experienced our first whiskey, sprite and lime bucket! Mmm! (We dn't recommend swimming in a river whilst intoxicated, this is probably why the tubes would of been a good idea!) We discovered neither of us could swim, luckily the people at the bars threw out bottles on string which pulled you in. There are 20 bars all along the river but we only managed to reach the 4th bar! Haha. There are slides and zip wires into the river but we didn't want to risk it as we had heard of a few injuries and they looked scary! The 4th bar had a mud bath which we got thrown into :( There was also a girl passed out at that bar, she was led on the ground and was actually purple. She ended up being taken to hospital, oopsey! At about 6, we thought we best go and shower after being covered in mud. We arranged to go to the smile bar with everyone that night. We were told we had to wear pink to get cheap drinks so cut up melissa's top as Jade had no pink clothes! We must have looked a lot better than we did when we came home as when we walked out our room we got a round of applause from all the staff! The lady that worked in our guest house was hilarious, she came to the smile bar with her friends and we danced all night with her! Along with a cow that was wondering around! We had an amazing night and met loads of nice people, it was a really good send off but made us sad as we would of liked to have stayed longer. Alot of people go tubing 5 days in a row so one seemed pretty pathetic! One guy had been tubing 146 days in a row. wow! What a mentalist!
The next morning we had to get a coach at 9.30 to go back to Vientiane to then go onto Chiang Mai. It's a 20 hour journey so arrive at 7 in the morning. We've decided to never drink vodka before a long coach journey ever again! Hope everyones well at home..missing you all loads. lots and lots of love, jadey and lou lou xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx