“Be very strong and be very methodical in your life if you want to be a champion…” - Alberto Juantorena
|(The river under the Hin Hup Bridge)|
Day 12: Thursday, 08 Dec 2016
Route: Vientiane - Vang Vieng
Distance: 158 km
Hotel: Phatty Villa
This morning we planned to visit the Malaysian Embassy before we rode out of Vientiane. As we were not sure of the current location we had to ask the locals for direction and finally managed to locate the Malaysian Embassy at Asem Villa. We met with the embassy staff and was briefed on the safety and road conditions in Laos.
After the embassy visit we made a stop for photo shots at the statue of the last king of Laos. We rode on AH 12 direct to Vang Vieng with a few stops for refueling and a stop at the Hin Hup Laos-Japan Bridge for photo shots. We rested while watching people picnicking by the riverside.
We arrived in Vang Vieng early afternoon and checked in Phatty Villa for USD18/night. After a short rest we rode to Nazim restaurant for a delicious Fried Rice and seafood Tomyam lunch.
After lunch, some opted to go boating upstream the Nam Song River while the rest crossed the wooden suspension bridge to the other side of the river for Kip10000 and watched the paragliding and hot air balloon activities against the beautiful sunset from the stilt stalls by the river.
|(Visiting the Malaysian Embassy at Asem Villa)|
|(A group photo with the Embassy staff)|
|(The statue of the last king of Laos)|
|(Taking a rest by the river under the Hin-Hup Bridge)|
|(Winding road with sweeping curves)|
|(Phatty Villa, Vang Vieng)|
|(The town is full of back-packers)|
|(Crossing the suspension bridge)|
|(Stalls on stilts by the Nam Song River)|
|(A light jovial moment with the gang)|