I got a bus up to Vang Vien today. It is about 3 hours from Vientiane, which is about as much I can usual handle on a bus at once. Vang Vien is a beautiful little town on the Nam Sot River and surrounded by limestone mountains. It is famous as a place to go tubing and that a lot of the cafes in town play old episodes of Friends non-stop. Why people want to come to Laos and watch re-runs of Friends baffles me. Fortunately I am staying at a very quiet bungalow on the river looking onto the mountains. The view is magical.

Here is what I had for lunch today. It was very spicy!