We decided to do a one day road trip up to Vung Vieng, since my buddy from North Carolina has never seen the town. Personally, I really don’t care for Vung Vieng although the landscape surrounding the town is stunning. This will be the second visit for me and first for most of my cousins. The main reason I didn’t really care for the town cause of all those obnoxious backpackers. They are turning this little tiny town into the mega pot/opium smoking city in South East Asia. It is got out of hands for the past few years.
Although I tried to avoid the popular backpackers hangout spot. There aren’t much tourist spots in town beside all the bars along the river. I think we spend total about 4 hours in Vung Vieng and pretty much covered the town.
this is the main strip of Vung Vieng.. looking toward the south of town.
the famous coconut tree.. i never seen anything like this before..
i love the sign in Laos.. hahahha always homemade sign
lao version of golden gate brigde.. 🙂
another view of lao golden gate bridge..
when i was in the middle of this bridge.. i grab the handrail and begin to shake it for few minutes and almost gave my cousins heart attack. hahahah
there's a cave in that mountain.. if you notices the two structures almost half way of the mountain. we are going to hike up there
stairways up to the cave.."Thum Jung"
my cousin and I counted each step as we climbed this stairwell.
as soon we both got to the top.. we both yelled out loud.. 147!! my other cousin was like.. duhhhh.. why bother to count? someone wrote it right there and we both burst out laughing..
must obey the rules..
only our group was in the cave that morning... it was some what creepy at time.. the cave itself was cool comparing to the outside temperature..
it was not fun going down those stairs.. i don't know who constructed this stairways.. the various heights of each steps made it hard to walk down.. there are few times i had to grab on the rail
as you can see.. there are bars after bars.. infamous location for soaking up the sun and smoking pot
one of the popular slide.. the water level was so low.. it was dead there
that is my cousin in the middle of the river... i'm not sure what is she looking for
nice landscape... but too many bars..
i saw this gal playing with her brother from distance.. i couldn't resist:-)
this sign is right next to the new bridge.. got it???? hahahha
same bridge... but home made version of sign.. hahaha there are fee for crossing this bridge.. i forgot the cost..
no charge for crossing this bridge.. although he like you to spend some $$ at his restaurant