The last few days have been a whirlwind. After spending all night on the overnight bus, I arrived in Vientiane. Apparently, Laotians don't like Canadians, because visas for canadians are $42, as opposed to everyone else, who only pay $30-35. Add to that fact that I needed pictures and didn't have them, so they charged me an extra $2, plus I paid in thai baht (they murdered me on the exchange) so altogether it ended up costing me around 50 bucks. Wonderful.
Anyways, I arrived in Vientiane...not exactly paradise. I spent a few hours at the thai embassy getting my next tourist visa sorted, went for lunch, walked around and decided that I was leaving that afternoon to Vang Vieng.
The bus took a long time (welcome to Laos) but I finally arrived in Vang Vieng at around 6 pm. Went for some beers with an Irish guy I met on the bus, only to find out that the bars all close at 12 pm and if you're out past 12:30, the Laos police can arrest you.
Yesterday, I walked around Vang Vieng, and it's absolutely gorgeous. Not the town itself of course, but there are massive hills, jungle, it's amazing. I went tubing down the Namsong river all afternoon - got absolutely wasted and met a ton of people. It was soooo much fun.
Then, after that, last night was an interesting experience that I don't want to write about on a public blog, so I'll leave that until later...