09.08.2012 - 12.08.2012 30 °C
After the longest buss ride in my life I finally made it to Laos! The buss was actually much better than expected, we had beds, TV, and a lot of stops for food and to stretch our legs.
The information given along the trip was rather bad, so we had to figure out things by our selves. Like when we got to the border between Vietnam and Laos no one told us that we had to walk a couple of km "between" the border, to get a visa to Laos. Normally you go out of the bus, stamp out, cross border by bus and then get your visa at the other office. But no, we walked. In red mud.
Walking at the border
Getting a visa was ok, if you just could pay the right amount in dollars. So after two hours on the border we were finally on the bus again, heading for Vientiane. The sleeper bus took about 24 hours and I think I slept almost all the way! Then from our stop in Vientiane it was about half an hour by tuk tuk to the other station. Off to Vang Vieng!
This part of the trip was about four hours, in something that felt like a moving shaker. I've never seen roads as bad as in Laos. And there's also that few cities that you only have one choice, meaning one road.
Got to Vang Vieng in the evening, got a tuk tuk to the hostel and then went out for some food.
The food here is delicious! Today I've probably had the best day of my trip this far. Rented a scooter with a guy I met yesterday, and we went to see the caves (two of them) and the waterfall. Amazing! Laos is the most beautiful country I've ever visited! And Vang Vieng is surrounded by this huge limestone mountains. And the caves, they are HUGE! I've never felt that small in my entire life. The biggest of them, by the blue lagoon, was totally dark so you needed to rent a head torch to go inside. You climb inside for a while til you get to the main cave. It's really hard to describe by words, I've never seen anything like it. Loved driving scooter as well, actually my first time! The roads here are surrounded by green fields, small villages and extremely nice people, such a lovely place to be
I didn't have time to do the tubing today, and I`m leaving tomorrow, but the trip today was totally worth it. Definitely going back some day, Vang Vieng is the perfect place to both party, see amazing nature, do a lot of sports and chill out in one of the many restaurants watching Family Guy or Friends. Actually going to be quite sad to leave, but I know that amazing Luang Prabang is waiting!
PS: actually had a bit of nice weather today, and I`m sunburned for the first time of this trip. Yey!