Sally's Adventures in South East Asia
Vang Vieng is a small town, six hours down an ever-winding mountain road from LP. This is Route 13 and is still infamous for bandits - so much so that the drivers carry guns. A crazy journey - where you pass little villages where children get washed in the street by buckets of water and little girls hold out large rats for you to buy!!! What is great about Vang Vieng is that they offer "tubing". Tubing is where you hire a rubber inner tube and travel down the river which has pockets of gentle white-water to keep you moving downstream. You can drink beer on these tubes as you chat to your friends and take in the breathtaking mountain scenery. All along the route, which takes about an afternoon, are bars. Men with bamboo poles pull you into their bars where you can enjoy a beer and many of these bars have swings over the river and some have what they call "flying foxes" These are swings very high up which you have to grab on to and jump into the river. You have to try and grip on as long as possible if you don't want to hit the water too hard. I let go far too soon and took a hard smack into the river but it was a great adrenalin rush!!!