I was feeling lazy... so Amy wrote up this day:
We rented motos and tried to find this place called the "Blue Lagoon." Little did we know there were about 15 places that claimed to be the Blue Lagoon. The first place we went, we thought it was the Blue Lagoon but we were wrong. We went splunking in these unlit caves. It was insane. I have been to caves in the USA, but they were paved and lit, and usually had about 15 guides walking around, but these were nothing like that. It was a slippery hole, with no lights, huge spiders and we ended up turning back early for fear of being lost forever.
The next place we went WAS the Blue Lagoon. We decided to hire a guide for this cave because we didn't want to go through the same hassle that we did at the last cave. This was a great idea, because without the guide we would have only ventured half way into the cave. The first part was well lit and there was a reclining golden Buddha. If we didn't have a guide we'd have stopped here, not knowing that we could go deeper into the cave. Our guide took us across all of these rocks, that were more like free form rock climbing than any cave I have ever experienced. We had to climb in, under, and through all of these boulders to get to the "real" cave. The real cave was hands down the most impressive cave I have ever been to, just because we were the only ones there surrounded in darkness, with only our headlamps and guide. There were these crazy rock formations and I felt like a true explorer.
Every time I go to a cave I wonder what it would be like to be the first person to explore it, and wish that I could have that sort of adventure. However, I decided that this was a good trade-off because we got to feel like we were the first people to explorer it and got it all to ourselves, but we didn't have to go through the usual dangerous falling to holes and dying part like the first explorers did.
Riding the motos was an adventure too. When we rode the bikes in Vietnam it was mountain roads and twisty-ness, which was a little scary, but here it was like a mad crazy obstacle course. Cows, turkeys, chickens and children all decided to run in front of my bike at various times, and there were pot holes, mud, and huge rocks we had to drive over. It would have been scary terrain in a car, but on a moto it was like a challenge course. Adam got stuck in the mud once and the Filipino woman we've been traveling with for the last few days fell off of her bike. I kind of fell off mine and half got stuck in the mud too, but I was perfectly ok. It was an adventure for sure. Jenni wanted to rent bikes again today, but she was riding on the back of Adam's last time so she just got to enjoy the ride. Adam, Elaine and I all vetoed that idea. One insane challenge course by moto is enough for me!
Yesterday we went tubbing down the river. It was a little strange because we're in the 'spring break destination of Southeast Asia.' Basically this is like the Padre Island of Laos or Cancun. A lot of people come here to party hardy and get inebriated. That's not really Adam, Jenni, Elaine or my scene, but we decided we should float down the river anyway. I'm glad we did because it ended up being a lot of fun.
We all rented a tube and got in a tuk tuk to take us down the river. When we first got to the river we were overwhelmed because there were two bars on either side of the entrance to the river with lots of dancing people being like 'come drink!!!!' We felt completely out of place. We decided to go to one and check it out and we watched people play musical chairs and spray paint their bodies. It was odd. One of the people who worked there came by and gave us each half of a shot that came from a bottle with bumble bees floating in it. It was nasty.
There was a slide off of the bar into the water, so Adam and I took it and we were on our way. Basically there was a long stretch of river that we rode down with tons of bars all along the way throwing water bottles at us trying to get us to stop there. We stopped at two more bars along the way, but mostly because they had these huge swings. Like huge... Like three stories high huge.. We all jumped off of them and it was a lot of fun to swing like Tarzan across the river, fall in, and then have a tire thrown at us to reel us back into the bar. We also took another slide too.
We met a Canadian, Englishman and Irish guy at the last bar and floated back to town with them since they knew where to get out of the water and walk back to the right place to return the tubes. It ended up being a fun day. It was interesting to watch everyone, get spray painted, swing, slide and tube down the river. We got back to town about 6pm. We showered, ate dinner and then watched some of the season finale of Trueblood on Elaine's computer. Jenni, Adam and Elaine all like that show, but I had no idea what was going on. Overall it was a chill, yet exciting day. It was fun to get the spring break experience that I never got in college, even if I didn't get inebriated when I did it.
Today we're going to an organic farm for lunch and then lounging in hammocks, sipping coconut shakes and writing in our journals. Tomorrow we're heading on to '4000 islands.' Pakse should have internet, but the places we're traveling too outside of there probably won't... considering they don't even have electricity.