VietCamLao Chapter 13 – Western Laos. Vang Vieng area

This is our captain, he will be driving us to.

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Safely, safely To Pak Bang 6 hours cruise Should be nice and easy Mekong River – should be beautiful there True And we go to take some breakfast Capitan! We are going to share company with this ladies Lets see what she is doing We have another soup Soup Soup and the good stuff is boiling here The trip takes approximately 6 hours andit’s a really nice and relaxing cruise Mekong has a strong current, so the boats are moving even faster There is a lot of traffic on the water and you can feetthe racing spirit between the captains On top of all of this – there are many obstacles and rocks on the way So you would need to be really skilled to race in these conditions Most of the passengers are tourists as one way ticket costs 20 euro It’s almost a meditational ride as there is not much you can do apart of observingnature and life on the river You can have long naps as well on not the most comfortable seats It’s almost like a full day tour and we even sawsome elephants on the way! Don’t forget to take some snacks as it’s a long ride without stops Usually you arrive around sunset and we would recommend to book a hotel room in advance as there are many tourists on different boats Pak Beng, we are here and.

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Whoohoo Yes and I wanted to ask what's your opinion Usually people stop here for overnight because they arriving around 6 pm and departure is at 9:30 am And what do you think about the guys yesterdaytrying to sell us “good stuff”? It's kind of weird because this is the first place where we founda lot of people selling drugs on the street It's like 300 meter walk and there were maybe 4 people offered us something Here is very open Yeah, they don't hide anything from you No secrets here Honest people! From Pak Beng we decided to drive to Vang Vieng instead of taking a boat and we are quite happy about our decision There were really nice mountains and scenic roads Sunny weather helped to enjoy our ride as well Our motorcycle wasn’t happy that much We hope that this piano music and great footage will inspire you for a road trip! But remember, road trips are not only about the scenic roads, nice weather and unicorns It’s also about overcoming some obstacles Here is one of our pit stops to the mechanic Another reparation, chico? That's our breaks, front one A bit consumed so we changing them Yeah, with this mountains it's so easy to consume them He is having siesta after the food we gave to him After our bones Yeah Bravo! It takes a bit of time to drive to Vang Vieng, so we plannedto split the trip in 2 days with an overnight stop in Xayaboury Safety on the road is number one priority I guess the boy is doing homework on the way to school Xayaboury is a provincial capital Surrounding areas are largely unpopulated due to a rugged terrain that's dominated by Laos' largest elephant population Even if it’s not very touristy, you can still find things to do in the area Just feedback driving from Pak Bang to Xayaboury It's tough on the scooter because the roads are.

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First you burn the engine and fuel and then you burn your breaks And I burn my patience also Hopefully now from Xayaboury to Vang Vieng will be much better road On the way we will have standing Buddha One waterfall and one cave If we wouldn't miss it You have to be.

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Keeping eye on everything Open eyes You need to have copilot That's why we are riding the same scooter Ok, lets have a coffee and hit the road! That's the new way of traveling is We have a drone so instead of walking up and seethe standing Buddha by ourselves We just flew there and after we see it on the footage More or less the same, no? So that's our tip: if you see a lot of stairs You just fly So much negativity here The dogs are just.

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Yeah, me met this gang of dogsSo agressive And we came to this road because there was sign Guys, guys, we are filming here, ok!?! Try to lift one of the chairs I know that they are quite heavy, I saw how they are making them That's not that bad No? 15 kilos So you wouldn't be able to steal too many of them at the same time So this is basically some lounge Bay Area but the water is clean, ah!?! Yeah, surprising water looks clean so they don't do laundry up the stream With this lovely music we decided to leave this place and the dogs sound very sad here We've been looking for a small waterfall here and we found it but.

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We were looking for big one but we found small one We will put this place also on the map At least it's nice to walk in the forest A bit different from what we've been doing Yeah, we've been driving for couple of days already Sitting all the time, ah What are you up to? Clean bike – healthy traveling I don't want to clean too much because after they will steal it Looks nice and shiny Do you think it will increase our performance on the highway? Yeah, it will Add some speed and more people will be looking at us and just thinking: Yeah, this guys are rolling! There are stops you are looking forward to, and there aresome stops you are forced to do Due to steep roads, our engine was overheating andwe needed to wait until we could restart it I guess Chinese version of our bike is not designed forextended trips on steep Laos roads So we just stoped for 20 minutes To cool down the engine It was an interesting sign Maybe that meant Do not enter! Back on track again Talking about the road: from about 46, 000 Km of the Lao road network its estimated that only 28% are paved In general, more than 60% of the total national roadsare classified as in poor or bad condition Most of the provincial and district roads are inaccessible during the rainy season Impressive mountains, ah, here! Nice to drive through The view is Very cool view! Yeah, really nice stuff I think we will stop for coffee and after continue See you in Vang ViengOk! And now some more statistics: More than 40% of villages are 6 kilometres or more away from a main road I guess it’s not a bad thing!?! but nearly half are nor accessible during the rainy seasons That's a problem It’s not just our bike that was suffering on the hilly roads of Laos but trucks were having a hard time there as well so very often you will see their rocky “hand-breaks” left behind on the road This rocks were mystery for us for some time, actuallyWatch out, especially if you are traveling by car Vang Vieng today! Vang Vieng We arrived from Xayaboury It's 177 kilometres Really steep mountains But really scenic ride, really good one Some roads are disaster but views are amazing I hope you're enjoying my new glasses because they are night glasses for motorbike It's 5 extra km per hour Yeah, so mosquitos not hitting my eyes at night By the way, three week ago we met French ladies and they are here is Vang Vieng also so they are joining us for cave exploration, blue lagoon some tubing and driving around and Hope you will like everything! How many kilometres we've done? 1 thousand 700 and 35 kilometres Great result for this two weeks Yes, and we spent about 35 euro on fuel Which is, I think Really cheap We would spend 3 or 4 times on the bus tickets and we would spend, maybe like, double time So it was a great idea to buy a bike and just use it for 1 month or 2 months Are you ready? Yes, we are ready For your record, we spent probably the same amount for oil, maintenance and minor reparations on the bike Our first stop was at the most popular attraction of Vang ViengBlue Lagoon 1 You can say even from the entrance gate that it is goingto be very commercial and touristy, especially during the holiday period Feels like today we are not travellers but just tourists Quite an exercise to get here on top Maybe 150 steps But you have time to have some rest because thereis a massive queue here At the Blue Lagoon you can also visit Tham Poukham or “Cave of the Golden Crab” There should be a few of the stalactites and stalagmites look like golden crabs but unfortunately we didn't see any At the beginning this cave looked a bit too easy but now its getting deeper and more interesting It was a bit frustrating to climb all the way and find overcrowded first chamber of the cave but then we moved further away and our opinion changed I have a rhythm in my skin Don't forget to bring a torch with you, or can rent one as welland be ready to sweat a lot It's quite a few tourists here as any cave, this is not a wild cave where you are by yourself You are not looking for easy ways, ah? No Quite steep! It was actually nice but very touristic Today is happy New Year and it's Saturday Maybe that's the reason Maybe that's the reason! I felt like I was flying Ah, beautiful! Lifetime experience The plan of action will be to go to the east from Vang Vieng Do the nice loop In the middle of the mountains in the valley Are you ready? Yes Lets go them! Villagers from Ban Naduang are the traditional owners of the site and have constructed the path, small bridges and other facilities and maintaining them.

That’s why you pay a small entrance fee there From the distance this waterfall doesn't look that nice but from here Beautiful, yeah, interesting Not that much water but it just flowing really nicely and the camera is gonna be wet It doesn’t seem like but this waterfall is very powerful in the wet season but can change to a trickle in the driest months of April/May And how much does it cost? or it's donation? Depends on you 1.

000 kip, 2.

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000 This? Upps First money, then the truth More you pay, more truth they tell you and the more beautiful it will be Sad that I cannot understand what is written here Can you translate for us You will be rich in your future And.

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In your future you will have everything you want Something like this I cannot translate one by one Nothing bad, no? No, no, no! If I pay they make sure that this are nice things Lets see what is he doing Thank you! Something good for New Year For the next year A lot of luck, love, happiness, money, everything actually So we are going to have grilled chicken with some ricehere in this bungalow Yeah I'm lazy to remove shoes but it's alright Beautiful view just right on the river, on the top of it We are going to do tubing I hope its going to be fun and interesting As you can see, tubing is much more relaxing experience nowadays that is used to be even 10 years ago Everything changed because of too many fatalities related toalcohol and drug abuse in the past We have couple of frogs here on the river So we don't feel lonely here! Cold? Cold! Lovely music here, ah But the tubing was alright Slow, meditational Relaxing! I wouldn't do it again The sun was missing Yeah, maybe If the sun was here, it would be different story The guy is very ready for New Years Eve Party is over for someone We will take care of him How is the atmosphere here? Ah, beautiful! Beautiful You feel this New Years atmosphere everywhere Mau, mau Everyone is mau-ing Really? Yeah and we have this thing, it's ready to fly It supposed to be my Halloween hat But no Its NOT Try to spin it up and down slowly It's like flying a drone, should be a bit simpler but it's not, actually Go, go babe, go! All together! Guys come on! Go, little boy, go! That wasn't that nice, I was worried that it will burn the house and we will be just guilt of that I was under pressure Maybe 10 people stopped to see us Sadly the year is officially over but luckily new year with new opportunitiesand new adventures just arrived And what can be better place and crowd to celebrate it!?! She wants to make me drink! Why are you filming on the camera? It's Ukrainian television )) Happy New Year! This are Chinese things, ah!.

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