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Baguettes Breakfast in Laos Style

Baguettes Breakfast in Laos Style

We knew It was gonna be a wet day, so we rented a Wet Bag at 10 000 kip a day to keep our things. Had a quick breakfast beside the wet bag rental place, cos we were almost late!! First they drove us to pick up another few more guests via tuk tuk, then to the starting point of the cave visit. It was only 2 of us at the beginning, I tried to relax in the tuk tuk’s hammock, it was so bumpy and it would cause me motion sickness eventually.

Me posing in the truck

Me posing in the truck

the Tour begun and we had Gabriel* from UK and his darling Ah Man from Thailand with us. We visited the Elephant Cave, there is a stone which looked so much like an elephant. Then we walked across a village to the other caves. During the walk, Ah Man stepped into cow’s dung! “is it warm?” I teased her. we also saw some piggy around, and among all the quite run down houses, we saw satellites were installed and a house with LCD monitor computer. and not long after, i also stepped into a pile of Cow’s dung! 😦

the Story of 3 Little Pigs

the Story of 3 Little Pigs

 

Elephant Cave in Vang Vieng

Elephant Cave in Vang Vieng

Me and Man with our Special Umbrella 
Me and Ah Man with our Special Umbrella

BBQ Vege, The Lunch Provided by the tour operator

BBQ Vege, The Lunch Provided by the tour operator

 The caves were not nicely paved, is quite a challenge to get in and we had a deep walk into the cave. We saw crystals formed in there, limestones, and a corner where u can play music by beating the limestones. When we were in the cave’s end, Boon (the guide) asked us to turn off our torch. Wah! it was completely dark! i nvr been into such a dark room before where you really can’t see anything even u have ur hand right in front of your eyes. he told us a super long story. Ah Man cried because she was too afraid or maybe she felt something? mmm..  we had lunch then, they bbq some meat and veggie for us. Houseflies flying around and Surprisingly we didn’t get stomach upset after that. We visited the other cave, and we walked about 15 minutes and Boon told us no one had ever reach the end of this cave! its the longest cave in Vang VIeng, and people walked in for 1 day, also can’t reach the end. So we turned back from there!

We then walked to the water cave, changed to our bathing gear and start to explore the cave with a tube! I almost got drove away by the current at the beginning. with a headtorch, we started to explore, The experience was great and i enjoyed every moment of it. It felt like you are in SUnway Lagoon but you can’t see whats down under your butt. We just follow the guide and keep moving in. The water was so cold and i kept sneezing in there. THere were few times when you have to get off the tube and walk across the stones and continue tubing again. Thanks god we wore our knickers in there, else we will have a “Fantastic Foot Massage”. When tubing into the cave, we were actually go against the current. but when we tubing out of the cave, we could simply follow the current and get out of the cave. however we still have to beware of the walls.

Tubing in the Cave Tubing in the Cave

After tubing, we had a Long walk, i think probably an hour? walked acrossed the padi fields, corn fields and visited villages. During the village visit, we saw kids swimming in the river, ducks mating and old ladies carrying big Tree trunks! A question was brought up about where are all the teenagers. According to Boon, teenagers work in the mountain during the day! Everyone we met, you can heard sweet and soft voice saying “SABAIDEE” to you. We Sabaideed the whole day!

the long walk to Namsong River

the long walk to Namsong River

At last about 3pm, we arrived at a tuktuk with kayak on it waiting for us. After a short drive, we arrived at the Nam song river. Bye to Man and Gabrielle, we started to kayak down the river. Kayaking through the river wasn’t tough, we enjoyed seeing bars playing loud music and tourists playing river swing, tubing there. after an hr kayaking, we stopped by a bar and attempted to do a river swing. 

At the Namsong River

At the Namsong River

Louis tried it first, he waited for aboout 40 sec holding on to the swing b4 swinging. He said he wanted to enjoy the view! haha… Now my turn, i was really freaked out. its so high and its so scary, I wandering at the departing area for around about 20 minutes. there were a lot of tubing people gave me a “GO” sign. I really wanted to do it!! but i was so scared lah. I wouldn’t know if i can hold on to the swing or not. and its so high up there. A japanese uncle talked to me and encouraged me to go.

The bouncer offered me a cigarrette and I started to smoke. I told my self i have to do it after i finish the cigarrette. the cigarette left only the bud, i knew its time. my head was abit drowsy, hold on to the swing and i squarted a little, and i left the platform. I screamed so loud that i think the whole Vang Vieng knew i did the swing. THe experience was great and really scary, i swinged for 3-4 times and dropped into the river. During the drop was scary too… it seems like the fall tooks forever b4 it reached the water! I screamed all the way!!!After the swing, i wished i could tell the Japanese uncle that i did it!!


Craziest thing i’ve done

We continued to kayak. River, mountain and people, are all we saw. The kayaking ended at 5:30pm.

At nite, we settled down in a nice western restaurant. We had Morning Glory, Pattai and American Style Lamb Chop. Morning Glory is actually Kang Kong.  While eating, we saw Jon (the spainish guy we met on Bus yesterday) walking by. After dinner, we explore the town again and bought a “Tubing in Vang Vieng” Tshirt. Bought the ticket to Luang Prabang the next day at 105000kip via mini van from the same place we rented our dry bag. and exceeded budget again! We arrived to the guest house b4 the gate close that nite 😀

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