08.06.2010 - 13.06.2010 35 °C
Hello from Laos, and first of all apologies for wait of my blog, we have been away from civilisation for a while on remote islands in the mountains, and again loving the 27 hour hour seated bus journeys.
Im not totally sure the last time i kept you all up to date, but we have now finished our trip from the South to the north of Vietnam, the whole country was awesome, the scenery got better the further north we headed but the locals seemed to get more grumpy the further north we went. We met two Canadian guys who we finished the our Nam trip with, and were already planning to visit them in the Rockys!!
Anyway so from Hoian in Vietnam we headed up to Hanoi, staying in Backpackers Hostel, where we booked our trip to Ha long Bay, it was a 3 day trip 2 nights, and has been the best part of Vietnam, it was amazing, we cruised into the bay for about 2 o clock then got some kayaks and paddled around the floating villages, which are like 2 hours from the mainland and they have a floating school and hospital its wicked. After paddling around for a bit we headed to a island watched the sunset, and a boat picked us up and took us back to the ship which we were sleeping on, it was all very romantic!!
After getting back to the ship they laid on an amazing spread of sea food and after dinner the antics followed with bottles of rice vodka only $1 a bottle, it was good times had by all. The next day we had an early start and we headed to the hostels own island where was only like 20 of us just chilling in hammocks, I went for a 2 hour kayak again, to a wicked lagoon and around some mire deserted limestone islands, it was wicked.
After the main event in Halong Bay we headed back had one more evening in Hanoi, and took our trip to Vientiane in Laos, this was to be our worst bus journey yet!! we left the hostel at 5 30pm got to the bus at 6pm, and were expecting to leave around then, we didn't end up leaving till 8pm waiting for the bus to be filled with luggage and more and more locals, there was break makers, back packs ironing boards all sorts on the roof of the bus and about 30 extra people sitting and lying in the isle!! we eventually left Hanoi bus station to, get get 30 mins out of the city and broke down, which we were stopped for another half an hour. We eventually got going and had a few hours sleep , then reached the border at around 6am so the first 12 hours were out of the way, and we had made it into Laos after further ridiculous bureaucracy rubbish. we headed into the mountains and rain forest of Laos and it was amazing sights, but 4 hours in the bus got a little bogged down with the steepness of the hills, and the bus driver asked us all to get off and and walk about a mile up the hill so he could get up it!!! after a little brisk walk we started to make progress again, until we reached about 30 mins out from the sleepy capital of Vientiane, there was a massive Bang and the back right wheel of the bus decided to have a blow out, by this time after around 26 hours on the bus and probably 4 hours of sleep it was pretty flipping annoying!! Anyway we eventually reached our destination, and a much needed show and tooth clean was in need, and of course some more NOOOOOODLES!
After a good kip we headed to Vang Vieng only a short 3 hour bus journey north of Vientiane, we we met up with Ruth and Leah, who we met in Hoi an, and headed tubing, which is the craziest thing in the world its been a wicked few days, of chilling next to a river dancing to some wicked music and swinging from about 20 25ft into the river and floating down to the next bar. the locals are pretty awesome on the swings and pull of front and back flips into the water.
Tubing has been cool, and its been brilliant meeting up with loads of people we have met along the way, however goosey decided to split his head open on a girls hip yesterday so we had to go to the hospital but hes all good, and the hospital were surprisingly good, even if they wouldn't treat them until we paid, and with the cash points not working it was a mad rush looking around to find the cash! All is still good though we planning on heading to go back to Bangkok tomorrow for a night its all chilled out there now so don't worry about us too much, hope all is well at home and I hope i'll be able to write sooner the next time.
Peace in the Far East