We weren't really sure what to expect when we got to Vang Vieng. We had heard that all that was there was boozing and Tubing down the river....and thats exactly what we found. Having come from Luang Prabang, which is a nice quiet place it was hard to adjust to start with, but once we had settled in our Guest House and found our bearings we soon found ourselves at the first bar. The next day we headed off for some tubing action. You basically hire a tube for the day and they drop you off at the first bar on the river. From hear you get given free shots and down a few beers (bear in mind this is at 1pm). They have a big swing here that you can go on and drop into the river. We all did it, even Anna, which i was impressed with. (We did go back sobber the following day to which she couldn't believe she had done it!!!!). At the first bar we saw some girl lose her grip too early and face plant into the water. OUCH. The water wasn't that deep either so she was lucky. Once you have finished at the 1st bar you walk to the second bar, hoping that you still have a tube (people just take them even if they haven't hired them).Here there is more music, more drinking and more rope swings/zip wire. I went on the zip wire, having seen Steve hold on till the end and get thrown up into the air and land on his back. So funny. I made sure i let go before the end and made a good landing. By this time all our tubes had been taken so we quickly made our way (walking, we haven't used our tubes yet, bit annoying) to the third bar. Here we had a quick drink then headed to the forth bar, this time floating in our tubes, which only lasted about 2 mintues. All the bars are really close together. You only really need the tube for the end bit to find a tuk tuk. All in all it was a fun day and everyone got really drunk. Oh and Anna, Steve and Jenny decided to play a bit of mud Volleyball. Unfortunately i didn't have the camera so cant show you but she was covered head to toe in Mud. Quite amusing. We then floated down and headed back to town for some much needed food.
The next day we said goodbye to Sav and Beej who were heading for the 4000 islands. They are on a tight Schedule to get to Thailand for a full moon party at new year and still had Cambodia and Vietnam to see in 18 days. Lets hope they make it. Jenny and Steve stayed and we all decided to hire bikes again (This time we made sure Steve's bike worked) and head to some Caves. They were ok, nothing special so we only stayed a little while and then decided to head back to the Tubing, this time armed with a Camera to capture us on the rope swings. However, as i mentioned earlier, Anna decided she didn't fancy doing it sober, so i had to do it on my own. I have to say, your a lot more aware of how high it is when your sober. So we got some good pics and a video, which i will try put on facebook at some point.
Vang Vieng was a nice place and we really enjoyed the tubing but we decided we would head to the 4000 Islands the next day, with a nice 14 hour journey ahead of us we left Jenny and Steve who were off North to the plain of Jars.