We spent the morning, after a very broken night's sleep due to them washing the pots and pans while singing very loudly right outside our room, trying to book an excursion for later that day. So, when the afternoon came we boarded the mini-bus along with 4 others and headed off in search of the famous Kouang Si Waterfall in the national park just out of town.Not realising that we would be able to swim in the waterfall, we arrived a little unprepared ie without flip flops or a towel, but with the blazing sunshine spurring us on, we decided to make the long ascent up the hill to the base of the waterfall. Set in a backdrop of beautiful green hills and gardens, the scenery was absolutely beautiful, so after a brief photo session, we began the steep incline to the top.
After a slippery climb, we arrived and realised that we would need to cross the fast flowing water in order to acces the pool that had formed near the top. As we edged our way across, shoes in hand we were shocked at just how icy cold the water was!! Plunging in, we were pleased to find that it was freshwater and so didn't sting our eyes, which certainly helped when they force of the water tried to push you downstream! After re-enacting Peter Andre's Mysterious Girl video and a few scenes from the Little Mermaid, we headed back down in search of the rope swings in the larger pools near the bottom.
A few amusing belly flops, 2 injuries and a loss of a bikini later, aware that it was nearing closing time, we ventured back to the bus, stopping at the Tiger and Bear Sanctuaries on the way, to find a very hungry tiger awaiting its next meal!!
then it was back on the bus for the long and soggy ride home! That evening we decide to venture a little bit further out of town, to Bee bar and got chatting to a Texan couple who were celebrating his birthday, After getting stuck outside with the woman (can't remenber her name) who proceeded to fill me in on every detail of her life to date including the loss of her mother and various other tragedies, we were quite keen to move on to another venue. So, with Johnathon, a Canadian guy who turned out to be a bit of a stalker, and a couple of Australian guys, we set off in a tuk-tuk for the bowling alley, the only establishment that was open after curfew!. Arriving there, we were not dissapointed as we discovered it had a fully operational bar, so it was on to a few rounds of drunk bowling with some Swedish people we had seen earlier that day at the waterfall, who were also able to fill us in with plenty of info about our next destination, Vang Vieng.