When I visited Vang Vieng in Laos, I knew I wanted to do something in the morning before tubing in the afternoon. With a couple of friends we did a circuit of the town, checking out what was on offer. We decided to have a bit of fun and hire bikes for 10000kip (about $1.20AUD) and go see the Blue Lagoon on the other side of the river the following morning. Apparently it was the other must-see attraction in town besides tubing.
Getting to the Blue Lagoon
Getting to the Blue Lagoon may have resulted in the worst bike ride of our lives. We may have had a bit too much to drink the night before for starters. But who can resist $3 buckets? Not me, that’s for sure. So we were all feeling worse for wear before even beginning the ride. But we were determined to see more of the town so on our bikes we hopped and over the bridge we went.
The night before…
You needed mountain bikes to navigate the road – it was all rocks and hills and dirt, and did I mention rocks? It wasn’t the best surface for unco Hayley, as you can imagine. And the lagoon was like a mirage. No matter how far we pedalled the further it seemed to appear. I think by the end I had more grease on my legs than on the bike chain from all the braking and slipping. On the way we stopped at a little shop that was owned by the nicest man. His persona nearly made the trip worthwhile. Nearly. Then finally we made it to the Blue Lagoon.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t what we were hoping for. It was basically a swamp that you could look at but you really didn’t want to touch. I saw other photos online afterwards and it looked beautiful and BLUE, but for us it was just murky. At least the scenery was pretty and we had a nice rest in the thatched gazebo that overlooked the lagoon before we tubed.
When we got back to our hotel everyone took one look at our grease-covered legs and sunburnt faces and all they could do was laugh. I honestly couldn’t blame them. At least our adventure made for a good, albeit memorable story. It also seems I am not the only one to experience the mirage that is the Blue Lagoon, according to Ordinary Traveler. Meanwhile Arienne from See you Soon saw a lagoon and it was beautiful AND blue. So don’t let my story deter you — ensure you visit the Blue Lagoon yourself when in Vang Vieng.
Source: what it should have looked like