Nam Song River
Kayaking down the Nam Song River is quite amazing, the views are stunning and the fast rapids make it exciting and scary.The kayak trip continued for few hours down the river, with fast rapids, Iza and her kayak partner were the first one to have a turnover. I saw the fear in Iza’s eyes. She looked excited, scared, and completely soaked. Tubing is another sought after activity here. It’s very popular to float on the tube from bar to bar getting smashed and eventually tubing down to Vang Vieng. Often in late afternoon or in darkness. These bars are no joke, with giant slides and hanging ropes, tubers are dangerously flying into the rapid water. It's scary at first, but gets fun eventually!
COPE Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic
A museum where you can learn about ‘The Secret War’ that America conducted against Laos a few decades ago. You also learn about the type of bombs that still remain in the country, hindering economic progress, and read/watch/listen to stories about people who have lost limbs and livelihoods thanks to these horrible bombs. COPE is a really awesome project that helps Laotians affected by unexploded ordnance (known as UXO) bombs or born with a physical disability such as missing limbs or clubfoot. The center makes prosthetic limbs and has a rehabilitation center to assist with mobility. They also have a nice little museum, free to the public, to educate people about the bombs that affected Laos during the Vietnam War, and that still affect Laotians today. There are also free documentaries that you can watch. We chose to watch an Australian Broadcasting production called Bomb Harvest, and a Canadian production from 2001 called Bombies. COPE is a very good way to spend an afternoon in Vientiane. It’s completely free, has a store where you can buy locally made knickknacks, a small cinema room where you can choose a documentary, and a well-thought-out museum with some very confronting photos and items.
The evening was well used drifting away in the exotic Mekong River. It is the 12th longest river in the world. You will revel in its beauty as the time passes slowly. Kayaking is the perfect way to spend your time in this enchanting river. It is not quite possible to pen down the majestic beauty of this river, as any number of adjectives would fall short. You need to see it to believe it.