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Typical sightseeing day

October 24th, 2008 | Posted by Davey in 07-Laos

Away from the party scene there is plenty to do and see in Vang Veing.  We hired a moped and headed off for the day with a group of folks we met throughout our stay and whom you’ve seen in many previous photos.  The countryside is beautiful pretty with activities to easily fill an afternoon.

A quick run through a sightseeing day:

The standard moped in Asia, a Honda 125 semi-automatic, sounds like a weapon!

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A typical village scene, dusty roads with bamboo houses on either side.

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All the locals bath and wash their clothes in the river, an amazing sight.  This is usually a chore for the ladies.

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Phukhan Cave, scary if you are slightly claustrophobic.  We spent most of our time crawling through the nooks and crannies.

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Putting on a brave face!  You crawl for quite a distance and get very dirty in the process.

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After caving, time for a wash and to cool off in one of many lagoons surrounding the mountains.  Almost all provide a swing of sorts – very enjoyable and cool in the midday sun.

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My first plunge of the day!  This particular lagoon was very shallow, about 4ft deep, as I quickly learned when my ass hit the gravel.

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These local lads were very very amusing.  They spent the afternoon harpooning the lagoon and cooked their catch on a couple of burning logs.  The remainder of their catch they brought home for supper.

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We just missed what would have been the best shots of the day, these young monks (about 20 in total) diving and summersaulting in the lagoon.  We seen them from a far but as we got closer they were out of the water and ready to leave.

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Our favourite lagoon of the day with almost tropical water which run down from the mountain.  It was so deep you could dive from a great height, which I did on several occasions but only caught on video.

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After our swim it was time for a beer and rest, sightseeing can be a little tiring at times .

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Fixing a puncture on this all-round vehicle – with a trailer similar to this, most are used as buses between villages.

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The locals using the Mekong for their daily bath, we didn’t want to hang around too long for obvious reasons.

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