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Tubing in the Vang Vieng - Mental Week

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Well we left for Vang Vieng, via a bus and met some nice English girls on the bus we, ended up staying in the same hostel as them. This town reminds me of some really weird country and western there's one main street with a dusty old road and it seems really lively so first impressions are good. When we were all checked in me and Louise went for a look around and to see about getting tubes the next day. We went for dinner and a few buckets and were sitting with the English girls when we met a group of lads from Austrailia, Nick, Adam and Sam and we ended up going to Q Bar with them because apparently that's the only place to go!! We also met up with Jack a lad from Liverpool we had met in chaing mai so all in all good first night. Q Bar is basically just a garrage or something with graffiti on the walls an a pool table but its where everyone goes after tubing so its pretty cool. On our way home we met two lads who worked in Star bar down at the river and they were explaining all about tubing, they told us not to get tubes that most people just swim it and that louise could even walk it if she wanted. They also told us not to go down before 1pm because it would be quiet before then and they didn't even go to work till 1pm.

Our First day tubing!!! :)
We were looking for a Tuk tuk to take us to the tubing start but could find one to take us for cheap enough because there was only two of us, that when we ran into Martyn and he said they were going up shortly we could get with them, so we sat waiting and chatting with him and met Ross and Stewart, all really nice guys, and they weren't getting tubes either so it worked out great. So we got to the start of tubing and the first thing you hear is the good music and then you have to walk over this wooden bridge to the first Bar, we started on the buckets straight away (in hindsight this was a mistake but travelling is all about making mistakes!!) The bars are all just really good craic they play beer pong everywhere, there was a game of musical tubes, (the same as musical chairs but with tubes), and the music is pumping!!! When we got to the second bar, Star bar we met the boys from the night before. They have stensils here and just randomly spray stuff all over your body with spray paint, not body paint or wash off paint but actual spray paint you would use to graffiti a wall. (very hard to get off!!!) Here we met Reese from Monaghan who recognised Louise's UUJ shorts. We stayed in star bar till everyone else had moved on and it was us and the bar staff so we decided it was time to walk on round to the 3rd bar. This is where it all starts to get a bit hazy for me I remember the bar, I remember dancing I remember seeing martyn and Ross who we had got a tuk tuk with and I vaguely remember getting a tuk tuk home with them. From here Apparently I just walked home and fell asleep while louise was in the shower and then would not get up to get ready or go out, so she went on out on her own and had a great nite with the lads from earlier.
When she was coming back in at about 12, cos she was loaded too, I woke up an was like oh is it time to go for dinner!!!lol No Anne Bed!!!
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The next morning we went for breakfast and seen the English lads, Ross just looked at me and laughed then he stood in front of me hands by his sides and said 'I am WROTE off!!!' apparently this was all he could get out of me the night before!!! I had to laugh though because it does sound like something I would say!!lol He and louise had arranged for her to cut his hair this morning so we went up to their room and Louise cut his and Martyn's hair in exchange for a bucket. I did wonder if someone round Vang Vieng would let me give them drugs and pay me but then I'd probably get arrested so I decided against it!!lol
So we headed off tubing with the English boys again, and had another mental day, although I did start on the beer today as no one wanted a repeat of yesterday!!

So on the Wednesday yes you guessed it we went tubing again, stayed with the English boys most of the day today, played beer pong, watched as Chris the huge Canadian guy who used to play american football tackled Marytn to the ground from behind a tree on the way back from the toilets. I also did the huge jump into the river today with Stewart because I had been too afraid to go up on my own before, its class you actually have time to think 'shit I still haven't hit the water!!' and we did a really cool swing which louise has a video of and I must get on Fb. When we got back to town we met the Haugheys for dinner and started on the buckets, then headed to Q Bar to meet the rest of the lads and had a fantastic nite, it was great to meet up with the Haugheys, really nice to see people from home. So we just basically partied all nite long in Q bar dancing and having the craic, I meet a guy who looked like stiffler out of american pie but he was from France. When Q Bar was over we headed to a 'Jungle Rave' well it was not in the jungle it was like someones garden but we still had good craic an drank the bit out and danced the night away. The Haughey's were supposed to be coming to the 'jungle rave too but got in the wrong tuk tuk and ended up somewhere else.lol

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So Thursday was the Haugheys first day on the river and the English boys last, well we had some craic, jumping in an dancing and generally being drunken fools it was great to have such a big group of us all together. We also met Mary from Venezuela who is possibly the coolest person we have met to date, we had some craic scouting for boys together, as you can imagine this was hilarious!!

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So Friday - we eventually got round to getting actual tubes today with the Haughey boys and it was great craic so gald we did it one day but one day was plently as you have to get them back to town for 6pm whereas normally we were just warming up!!lol but we were able to go on down the river with the tubes to more slides, a zip line, and a blob - which is where one person jumps on and shimmy's to the end then the second jumps on to it and the first person is catapulted into the air very fun!!(for those of you who know its like the blob at Mimi's in Mobile) Chris nearly killed himself on the giant slide, because he tried to run down it?? Apparently to 'get more speed up' any way he nearly died but it was really funny!! The boys also nearly died doing the zip wire chris tried to do a back flip an hit the water really bad it was scary till he surfaced again then we were all in fits of laughter!! That night we all went out for food together and I got food poisoning about half a hour later!!! I think this was a sign that it was time to leave Vang Vieng.

Our last day tubing, well I still wasn't feeling great from being up all night with food poisoning so stuck to the water most of the day but still managed to have a great day and met loadsa new people. That night we went to Qbar again as usual to say goodbye to everyone as we were leaving in the morning. Ended up having a great night, met up with Mary from Valenzuela again and went to sunset bar, a bar which is across the river on an Island and there's hardly any lights apart from a bonfire.

Leaving Vang Vieng - Well in the end we were both pretty ready to leave, it was time to move on and see something new so we hopped on our bus to Vietienne, this bus journey was grand until we got dropped off on the side of the street in Vietienne and none of us knew what was goin on but about 40mins later a tuk tuk came and collected us and brought us to the train station, getting out of laos and back into thailand was alot easier than our first crossing, and a lot less stressful!! So we got into our sleeper train which when you get on there are normal seats but later in the evening the man comes and turns then into beds, Louise and I had booked the top bunks so we climbed up and slept most of the way to Bangkok, we definitely prefer the train to the bus!! We arrived in Bangkok around 9am having left Vang Vieng at 10am the morning before, and headed to koshan rd to search out a hostel.

Bangkok - We got a hostel right on Koshan Rd, and went exploring, this place is backpacker central of Bangkok and you could literally buy anything here, its constantly busy, and the tuk tuk men are the most annoying people in the whole world!!! You cannot walk two steps without hearing 'tuk tuk where you go?? I take you see palace!' No thanks if I wanted a tuk tuk I'd ask for one leave me alone!!! While in Bangkok we went to the MBK centre which is a huge 6 or 7 story shopping centre, where again you could but literally buy anything. We went in search of new cameras as the river in Vang Vieng had taken both of ours!!! Which was not a problem as there is a whole floor of electrical shops.

The next day we went down the river on a boat, it was really nice to get away from the Koshan Rd and all the mentalness, we walked to the river and were looking at how high it still is because of all the flooding, when I nearly slipped on the green gunge left behind by it, and just as I was laughing at my lucky escape, a French woman fell and was crying hysterically, I tried to see if she was ok (What with my first aid and all, but really I was praying I wouldn't have to do anything!!!) She did not understand me and kept talking to her husband in French then she pulled up her trouser leg to show him her knee which was definitely broken as it went in instead of out, anyway the ambulance was called and I didn't have to use my first aid thank god!!
So we headed on down the river on a boat to see a bit more of the city. It looks amazing and I think I realised I don't much like the Koshan Rd or really Bangkok at all as a Backpacker but I would love to come back as a tourist and stay in one of the fancy down-town hotels, get massages (that aren't a ploy for prostitutes) and basically shop till I drop, then I think I would like Bangkok a whole lot more!! So my next time list begins already!!

The next day we set off for the Airport to fly to Kuala Lumpur to get another 30day visa, and we managed to get the whole way across Bangkok by public transport, bus then sky-train, then train, we were very proud of ourselves because we saved around 150 bhat each which admittedly is only £3 but that's dinner over here and then some!!

Kuala Lumpur will be the start of the next blog because this one is pretty long and I promise I won't leave it so long till the next entry!!

Till next time

Anne x

Posted by AnneMc 08:46 Archived in Laos

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