We caught the bus to Vang Vieng this morning, the six hour journey took us over the surrounding through rough winding roads. The bus although basic was fine, but the roads were so difficult that at one stage a lady sat at the front of the bus was throwing sick bags out of the windows every five minutes. There were some amazing views down through the valleys and with clouds on top of the mountains but it was too difficult to take photos.
About half way there the heavens opened and it continued for most of the day. We arrived in Vang Vieng earlier than planned and as it was raining so heavily we begrudgingly got ripped off for a tuk-tuk ride into town, they collected 80p from all 8 people for the 2 mile journey.
We only looked around two guest houses for a change as the weather was making things very difficult but the place we choose was nice. En-suite bathroom, clean, and with cable TV! Three sports channels, full of premier league football on Saturday, hoping to get the Burnley game. All for £3.20 a night.
We soon found, although the room was clean there was an ant infestation, those little w***s were going to have a feast on us tonight!
Vang Vieng is known for its "western comforts", full of video bars (Friends and Family guy running constantly in about ten bars), but most famously Tubing. Everyone hires inflatable tubes for the day, heads up-river, and rides the Nam Song for just over an hour stopping at bars on the way. Sounds amazing so we're hoping to do this on Sunday!
We spent the afternoon and evening looking around the town, and avoiding the video bars. Around 11pm we went back to the guesthouse, cleared the ants from the bed covers and went to sleep.