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Backpacker Heaven

I was told to have low expectations for the capital city, but I was pleasantly surprised. There was a great night market by the Mekong and all the sites in the city were within walking distance. I also took a bus to Buddha Park where there are loads of Buddha statues. The highlight was the "pumpkin" that had three levels to walk through and creepy statues in the core.

Buddha Park

The Pumpkin

Inside the Pumpkin

The next few days I spent in Vang Vieng floating down the river, exploring caves, and going for hikes. There was nine of us international students from Bangkok all in Vang Vieng last weekend but we came and went on slightly different schedules.

Cute little town, we kept running into the same travelers

Hiking through the lush

Before venturing into one of the caves

And my favorite part - TUBING (and stopping at the bars along the river)

I wish I could capture just how breathtaking Vang Vieng was

Story: When I first arrived in Laos I wanted to try one of the classic sandwiches from the venders that lined the streets in Vientiane. I was not familiar with the currency yet, but when the vender asked for 5,000Kip I figured it can't be much (it isn't, its only $0.61). I gave him the money and got on the bus to Buddha park. Then I realized I only had 50,000Kip bills, so I paid $6 for this sandwich. Hope I made that vender's day!

Posted by juliaaugh 20:02 Archived in Laos Tagged caves vientiane hike float tubing lao vang_vieng in_the_tubing buddha_park

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