May 04, 2004

Didya hear the one about...

The four Americans the Englishman, Irishman, kiwi, Canadian, Spaniard and Italian who met on the bus from Vientiane to Vang Vieng? It goes like this...

The Canadian -- without much difficulty mind you -- convinces the two Americans and kiwi to seize the day and "do the river" after a rather long and somewhat cramped minibus ride.

Vang Vieng, panoramic view

The four are joined by two Americans (one from Chicago no less) and along the way pick up the Irish, Spanish and Italian chaps.

Tubing on the river essentially entails a lazy float down the Nam Song through incredibly scenic canyons (pictures forthcoming) with riverside vendors ~ 200M hawking Beer Laos for a buck (among other things).

Naturally the group indulges in many a beer Laos and the journey, which was estimated to take 2 hours, takes over 4, with the river claiming the following articles:

>> $3 sunglasses (Jim)
>> watch (Chris)
>> beer laos (Deborah)
>> tank top (Janet)
>> 1,000 Baht note (Janet)
>> skirt housing said note (Janet)
>> emotional well being due to the above (Janet, temporarily)

After making their offering, the international cross-section stumble back to town, water-logged, weary but pleasantly buzzed.
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