This is part of 30 days Indochina backpack trip. Click here to read the rests.
“Dude! let’s go get some happy meals today!”
Sabaidee from Laos! I am sitting inside a Laos’ tuk-tuk, on the way to search for our first “happy” meal.
Did you know: Vietnam and Cambodia’s tuk tuk are motorcycles but here in Vang Vieng it is mini-vans.
Fluid Shisha Bar
The reason we’re headign to Fluid Shisha bar is because of the advertisements we saw on the map.
“Spacey meal” clearly written on the map, indicating there’s something to make us happy. Ooohhh we got exciting by reading what they offer.
Before arriving Fluid, we already heard loud music playing. “Whoa where is this music from?”
“Looks like it’s from Fluid restaurant, hahahaha!! dude!! this is fucking awesome”
When we arrived the restaurant at 10am, there are 5-7 people playing darts and partying.
“No way… these guys partied from yesterday until now?”
Source of the music… and judging from this sound system compared to the pubs around Fluid restaurant.. this is small piece. Hahhaa.
Meet Greg, the owner of Fluid Shisha Bar
We were greeted with the exact guy from bus station yesterday, his name is Greg.
Without wasting much time, I asked, “You guys have any happy meals here?”
“Awww…” sums up his thoughts before saying another word.
“We don’t serve those anymore here”. He sips his beer.. and trying to focus on the conversation. Obviously exhausted from partying too hard.
“You didn’t sleep? the rest of the customers didn’t sleep too?” I asked.
“Yeah man. Party since yesterday noon. We do this twice a week”.
* * *
“I thought happy meals are common in Vang Vieng?”
“Not anymore buddy, since there are casualties involved past few months”
“Huh? people die from marijuana and drunk?”
“No, some went overboard and jumped into river while they were high. They can’t swim in those condition so, they drowned.”
Hmm, no wonder. People do stupid things when they are high.
“Authorities started to ban these drugs and police gets lot strict compared last time. Plus these drugs (referring to marijuana) do not last long, mostly only 5 days so we don’t do those anymore” Greg added.
“However we have some joints in kitchen, you want some?” he offered, smiled cheekily.
“Nah I’ll pass – I prefer to have it in milk shakes and pizza, purely for the experience. Don’t like to get myself or your restaurant in trouble.”
* * *
We ordered 2 stir fry chicken meals for our brunch, hmmm.
Since we are already here, we might as well make good use of our time and absorb the nature and pretty scenery surrounding us.
Here are some photos:
Huge water slides!
One of the party-rockers taking nap
Stir fried chicken with lemongrass and ginger.
Stir fried chicken with fresh basil leaves
More party goers passed out on couch… they woke up for awhile, smoke some marijuana, have a bottle of beer, then fall back asleep again.
After chilling there for nearly 3 hours, we decided to head back to hotel to have a rest and a quick shower because there’s huge down pour before we left. There’s a walking distance from Fluid restaurant to road so we’re wet on our way out.
Didn’t want to fall sick for the rest of the trip so this is the best decision.
Pizza at Sakura, probably the lousiest meal
We… have nothing to do. And still couldn’t find any happy meals. We heard Sakura serve the best pizza but it was purely disappointing. We managed to finish the pizza some how and I am… SO FULL.
Feeling full is a double edge sword, I’ll explain why later.
In Vang Vieng, another famous thing to do is to visit “TV bar”. Where you sit at a sofa/bed and watch American series, e.g. Friends, Family Guy, Simpsons, while enjoy your meal or beer. Some just lay there and smoke weed and watch tv whole day long. There are plenty of TV bars in Vang Vieng and each bar plays different tv series.
We didn’t stay there for long because it was hot and TV bar is playing lousy movie.
Hey, they are playing Family Guy
Since we have nothing to do after return to hotel so we might as well just stay at another TV bar where they play Family Guy. While we were flipping menu, Shannon accidentally found a page of “happy meal” shakes.
“DUDE THEY SERVE HAPPY MEALS HERE!!”
I am still feeling incredibly full from the pizza we had earlier. So, “Shannon, you order first la… I am still full from pizza we had just now”
“Let’s drink together la”
“I want to drink, but I am full. What about we share a drink?”
Shannon ordered a “shroom” shake… which is a short form for magic mushroom shake. I ordered a bottle of Beer Lao, “I’m thirsty, but I’m full. You drink first, I’ll drink the remaining” I explained.
First taste of Magic Mushroom
“How does it taste like?” I asked Shannon.
“Taste like mushroom”
“How do you feel?”
……. meh. “Maybe it takes time… let’s hang out here for a bit. I like this Family Guy show”. I slowly sip my BeerLao and enjoy the series.
Shannon finished half of the drink in minutes time. “Bing, your turn” he says.
“Nah I’m still full. You can finish this glass first then I’ll order another one for myself”.
It’s been 3 hours since I had my pizza but I am still feeling incredibly full. What ingredients did they used for the pizza? Stone and sands? Usually I am able to eat again after 3 hours of digestion.
Shannon finished whole glass by himself.
Then he quietly watch Family Guy for another hour, waiting for the effect to kick in.
Suddenly we heard a woman’s scream outside. Everyone go out and have a look and someone collapsed in the middle of the road. Too drunk or overdose? No idea. It happens in such places – nothing we can do so we mind our own business.
The Power of Magic Mushroom
“I’m tired” says Shannon. “Let’s go back”
It was 9pm, he finished his magic shakes 2 hours ago. We finished pizza like 5 hours ago and I am still feeling full. Maybe this is indigestion? I don’t know. I wanted to try the shake but I AM FUCKING FULL.
On our way home, Shannon started to act strange. He pointed wrong direction home and he’s taking effort to get hold of himself.
Someone walked up and ask the time, Shannon looked at his watch and says “nine ten”, then “ten nine”. Actually, it’s 10 past 9. I keep laughing at him.
He kept quiet. I know he is using all his might to stay sober and don’t want to do any crazy stuff.
“Be careful Bing,there’s 2 piece of dog’s shit on the floor” Shannon warned.
“Where?!” I asked, afraid of stepping on dog’s shit, obviously.
“There” he pointed.
“Dude, those are normal stones” I starting to laugh at him.
“Are you feeling high?”
“Yeah, the effect is starting to kick in. Why am I only experiencing this!?”
I am still feeling full woh! But I know how he felt, exactly
“HEHEHEHHEHE” I continue grinning.
“Feels like you’re drunk eh? Be careful, somebody if cannot tahan the feeling, will feel nausea, sometimes will puke in rare case” I told him.
Shannon went to bed immediately once we reach hotel.
“Oh man, my world is turning around! But I am feeling better now after vomitting”
“Do you see any dragons flying at sky?” asking if he is seeing hallucinations or not.
“Nope, I only see the door’s floating, further and further away from me…”
“Meh… you are not high enough.” I said.
“The last time I tried, I was feeling like I’m a roller coaster while sitting on couch!” I told him.
PS: Do you still remember this, Chris? <<< my ex-housemate
I some how felt lucky for having too much pizza. Or else I’ll experience both diarrhea and vomit.
Where am I now?
Vang Vieng, Laos
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