We walked all the way back to town, and feet aching slumped into Bamboo Tree, a cute little restaurant we happened upon on our second night. They have a huge tofu selection and actual green tea! so we came back twice because it was easily the best food we had the whole time we were in Vang Vieng.
Added bonus is the seating and friendly hosts! They have regular seating, but they also have the low tables and mat option if you like to sit cross legged. This is my absolute favourite way to dine! I think all restaurants should have this type of seating! Plus how cute is our little host? He was one of 4 kittens who run amuck in the restaurant. Over the 2 nights all 4 kitties came and got acquainted with us. I even had one refuse to leave my side and lay on my chest. Too cute to tell him to go away! 😍
If you’re a vegan, or just like tofu, this is an excellent place to eat. We got the pad thai with tofu, some tofu rice and another noodle dish the second night. All super yummy, but I’m particularly partial to the pad thai! Gimme all dat lime to squeeze all over it! Peanuuttsss!! Yes. Give it a visit for sure!
We began the climb up Pha Ngern to the look out, which is supposedly an hour climb up the mountain. Either Randall and I are crazy unfit or the 1 hour suggestion is absolute bollocks. I mean, I’m not the fittest person, but we were going at a decent speed! Hahahahaha anyway, after about an hour of hiking we got what we believe is pretty close to the end, but unfortunately for us the sun was beginning to set and we still had approximately 20-30 minutes to the top (or so said some kind people descending). With an hour climb back on slippery and sharp rock faces, we decided it would be best to begin our descent asap as to not die on the mountain in the dark. Alas, no pretty mountain look out views for us!
Vang Vieng just really didn’t wanna put out for us at all! But oh well! Better safe than sorry and we still got this pretty beautiful look out opportunity anyway 💁🏻♀️
I think it’s definitely worth a visit, especially if water sports aren’t your thing or if it’s crappy weather. Just don’t leave it as late as we did and get up there earlier in the afternoon. We probably shouldn’t have walked there and taken a tuk tuk instead. Ah well. Better luck next time!
Something old, something new⠀
This structure was built in 1910 as the headquarters for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway. It's now home to @thedepotreno, Nevada's first combined brewery and distillery. A little piece of the past can now be enjoyed with a carefully crafted beer or specialty cocktail (while admiring some colorful street art). ⠀
I love when cities embrace the past and incorporate it into the present. What's your favorite relic turned modern building?⠀
On the way to our next destination, the Pha Ngern View Point, we decided to walkthrough the town and countryside because we had loads of time (or so we thought anyway)
As you can imagine Laos, as with many countries in South East Asia, was quite heavily polluted with debris and rubbish. This strip I’ve filmed was by no means the worst area we saw, but with every step was more and more rubbish. It always gets me frustrated because I assume that people don’t care. However that is deeply untrue. Coming from Australia, we take a lot for granted when it comes to our rubbish systems. A rubbish truck comes every week to collect our bins, we have recycling, green waste and even soft plastic recycling if we want. It’s easy to think the issue is the people, but with a bit of research we found that the people do the best they can. They have very few ways of disposing of their rubbish as garbage trucks only service 20% of the whole country. This means people are often left with huge piles of rubbish and it would seem a lot of people have given up because they have no other option. We saw multiple families burning their rubbish, which is hugely problematic as it releases many toxic carcinogens when plastic is burnt which end up giving people heaps of health problems.
It’s a really awful situation and I’d love to help. Does anyone know any ways of improving these people’s situation? #pollution#wastemanagement#debris#wanttohelp#dontknowhow
One of the cute things near the Jang Cave is this beautiful little natural pool. It was too cool to swim in, but the water is such a beautiful blue and crystal clear! One a warm day I would wanna spend my whole day bobbing in this little diddy.
On day 2 of the cranky cold in Vang Vieng we decided to go to go for a walk amongst the mountains and see if we couldn’t find a funky little view point to appreciate the town from.
Our first stop was Jang Cave, which I was led to believe had a nice little view. The walk there is an easy km or 2 from the town, and the river goes past it in quite a picturesque way, especially with this lovely orange bridge that Randall blends into.
It’s nice, but as far as views go it’s a little eh. The cave is the main attraction, but it’s so lit up and touristy that it honestly looks like the shell of a cave. Nothing inside of it is alive at all, which is quite sad. I dunno! The view of the cliffs themselves is really lovely, and if you’re after a chill stroll it’s nice, but there are definitely better places to visit if you’re up for looking for them!
Vegan food in Vang Vieng can seem a little tricky to find. It’s definitely not the haven of Luang Prabang! However there are a few nifty places dotted throughout the town.
This was our lunch at Mama Sababa. We order the vegetable tofu soup, fried veggies and noodles, and Randall’s favourite coconut rice with mango pieces. It was all pretty yummy, definitely the best we’d had in Vang Vieng so far. It definitely seems like a little haven as it actually have a vegan and vegetarian menu up on the wall, so it makes ordering much easier!
We’ve also heard they have the most amazing falafel and hummus! So definitely give that a try ☺️
We jumped in a mini van and took a partially terrifying, partially beautiful and partially vomit inducing ride to Vang Vieng. The town of tubing and extreme water activities!
Unfortunately we arrived during some crappy weather and weren’t able to do any of the fun party water activities! Which was a it of a bummer, but we found some fun activities to get around during our time there.
On our first day we decided to jump in a motorised buggy and cruise around the local towns, between the limestone cliffs. It was rather terrifying at first, but Randall did a bloody good job of not crashing and killing us.
We drove around and saw the local towns, as well as some of the beautiful fresh water lagoons that are dotted around the area!
We ended up covered in mud and cow shit, but damn it was a fun way to see the area. Would recommend ☺️✌🏼
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