A great way to celebrate some good news...
19.04.2010 - 21.04.2010 26 °C
It wasn't long before we found ourselves arriving a legendary backpacker haunt – Vang Vieng. It is this small town out in the country that is home to 'tubing'. We'd heard so much from everyone we'd met about tubing, that we couldn't wait to see what all the fuss was about! To add to the excitement, Steph had found out the night before that she'd been accepted into Epsom University, so now we had reason to celebrate!
The basic idea is that you rent a big inflatable rubber ring and float down the river, stopping off at the countless bars along the way and taking up there offers of free shots and buckets (literally) of alcohol. We'd been told that it's actually better not to rent a tube, as the best bars are at the start, and it complicates things as you have to make it down the river and back to the rental shop by 6pm, otherwise you lose your deposit.
We'd met some Israeli girls a while back on our trip, and happened to bump into them whilst looking for a hotel. We wound up staying at the same place, and therefore shared a tuc tuc on the way to the start of the tubing route.
We got to the start relatively early, at around half 1, but there were already a large number of people starting to fill up some of the early bars. We skipped the first couple and stopped off at 'Jungle Bar', where we bumped into a couple of Israeli guys we'd met on our bus into Laos! The strange thing was that the girls we'd met also knew the guys we'd met - small world! So now we had a bit of a group going, and they were all cool people so we had a lot of fun. Amir even tried to teach me how to juggle, though I think I need a bit more practice before switching careers and become a full time clown!
The vibe along all of the bars was extremely chilled. Everyone was having fun. One of the things that caught my eye were the giant rope swings, zip lines and water slides used by each of the bars to attract more people. I couldn't get enough of it! I tried out as many as I could. It was like a giant playground for adults (not that I'm really an adult).
We stayed late into the day, until the sun disappeared, then decided to head home for a quick shower and some food. The restaurants in Vang Vieng are like no others. There are no seats, only sofa like areas dotted with comfy cushions. It was quite strange to walk in and see absolutely everyone laying down as they sip there drinks and watch TV. Every restaurant is either showing Family Guy, Friends or the Simpsons, and so most people choose where they want to eat simply by what is on the TV!