A trip in Vang Vieng
Posted Date: 11/15/20138:16 AM
July 19th, 2008
So Vang Vieng was just about everything we like in a town, although after a couple days the ever-playing re-runs of Friends start to get on your nerves.
For this reason, we booked a day of mountain bike riding (35 km trek) that includes stopping at one of the more remote caves, then some elephant riding through a local village (see video below), then finishing off with the stretch back to Vang Vieng. Overall, it was some good exercise, which we both badly needed, and the elephant riding was quite the experience. Everyone knows elephants are big and strong, but you really don’t know how strong they are until you see your guide standing on your elephant’s head and walking down it’s back…
We lounged around in town a bit more trying to find a good deal on a kayaking trip. Turns out you can kayak part of the way to Vientiane. This included 3 rapids, which were comparable to those in the Ottawa river and a delicious BBQ lunch. Unfortunately it rained all day, but since we were getting wet anyway, it didn’t matter much. Chris ended up flipping his kayak 3 times (once after he tried to get back on, then slipped right off again). Long tuk tuk ride later, we arrived in Vientiane, spent the night, then grabbed two local buses to bring us to Chiang Mai. Marc finally did it and shaved his beard, really looks like a girly-man now and Chris only has a couple more days left before he heads off to London.
Chris doing a leap of faith in the cave
Elephant Riding through a local village:
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