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Vang Vieng

Laos PDR

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In Van Vieng we stayed an the Organic Mulberry Farm, where we volunteered feeding the goats and teaching english. Francis loved the baby goats that we get to bottle feed and exercise. We also spent some time seeing the surrounding villages, caves and rivers. It's a beautiful place.

The gorgeous scenery of Vang Vieng.
The goat corral at the organic farm. The goats had an insatiable appetite.

Francis took a liking to the baby goats. They had to be bottle fed and exercised 3 times a day. We had the morning and evening shifts. The mothers also had to be milked.



The baby goats start their head butting early. Here one is challenging Edward to a dual.

We signed up to teach english at a local village. The organizer warned us that we woudl be teaching 4-6 year olds and that it would be a living hell. We enthusiastically signed up. In reality, the kids were fantastic. They were eager to learn and paid attention as long as we kept it fun. Edward made a fool out of himself for 45 minutes, the kids were hooked. Through our antics, we taught them the names of animals, how to count from 1-20 and reviewed the alphabet. It was a small accomplishment, but a lot for the village kids and for two inexperienced teachers.

There are tons of caves among the surrounding karst mountains in Van Vieng. We went tubing through one that had a river running through it and walked about 1km along a 3km cave.


On our way back from our hike inside the 3km cave, we realized we had company. It made sense to have giant spiders in the cave. We could hear and see that other bugs lived in the cave. Where there is prey, there are also predators.

Edward at the river crossing to 3 caves we toured.

They have big fruit in the tropics.

Posted by edcastano 19:59 Archived in Laos Tagged backpacking

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