Vientiene, 31 December 2005 We spent two nights exploring Louang Phabang. It was not enough. to capture the beauty of this place. However we must leave.The ticket bus was ordered in travel agent that stretched along the Xiang Thong road. It was depart at 830 am from Southern Bus Station cost for $8 each. In the morning Louang Phabang covered by thick fog with the temperature around 15C. We will follow the trip towards Vang Vieng took 7 hours from Loaung Phabang. The route 13 was one section of the Laos road between Kasi village - Vang Vieng. This route was previously known with its ferocity of the bandits that partly from insurgent Hmong ethnic. There is no bus service at night. The road condition was bad and the possibility of the landslide made this route even harder. That morning our VIP bus was ready. Oh don't think about how nice VIP bus is but this bus just like economic class - old , broken bench, and without AC. I saw a Lao troops hid the riffle beneath his camouflage jacket. Then in one jump he entered one of the bus towards Vientine. Although the route 13 was notoriously wild but here you will find the best view. Scenery along the road was extraordinary. Mountains stretched as far the eyes gaze on. Limestone walls a high as several hundred metres on right and left side made my eyes couldn't even blink. I felt grateful that we didn't take flight on this route. This scenery could not been bought with money. At 5pm we arrived in Vang Vieng a place that regard itself as a new stopover for backpacker. In high season like december it was difficult to find suitable guesthouse. Just before sunset we found a room at Villa Nam Song which had a great view of the cliff across the Nam Xong river. Thanks to Nefran for Vang Vieng information. This place is a hidden gem of Laos. Happy New Year 2006, we will celebrate in Vientiene.