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Laos: Vang Vieng

Hedonistic jungle party zone and fast flowing currents...

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Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng indeed has a notorious reputation; tubing, soft drugs, hard drugs, police corruption, etc.

The focus however should be the scenery.
Someone described it like being in Jurasic Park. It is so easy toimagine Terradactils and Tyranasauraus roaming this land.
VV is a pretty chilled out place and very backpacker friendly.

Note I didn't take any photos in VV, due to constant water immersion and light stupor.

Meekong Mayhem

This is the big attraction here and it is worth the trip if you're in Laos (I heard this whole thing has been shut down since I was there though).
You go to the registration "shed" - sign your life away, grab a tube, jump on the back of a jeep and head to the starting point.

As you let the current take you down the river, staff at each bar throw a tube attached to a rope out to your group, and you pull yourself/your group in to the pier.
Free shot of whiskey upon arrival at every bar.

Directly opposite take-off is 'Q-Bar' - where most people spend all day. The tunes were good, and everyone was dancing.
Every kind of cocktail bucket is available plus laughing gas balloons.
They day went quickly - we only managed to get 3 or 4 bars in over the course of the day.
I met some folks there who were tubing every day for a week....1 day destroyed me

The next day we got some kayaks and did the tubing route… a much more controlled and peaceful way to see VV.

We stopped at just one bar frequented by a super energetic (see: smashed) group of South Koreans.
"Hi, we are from South Korea… not Kim Jong Ill, OK? hahahaha" :-)

After a few rope jumps and backflips from the pier we moved on and cruised the remainder of the magical path.

Nightlife

VV nightlife is pretty crazy.
It's no Ko Phangan, but there are late night outdoor discos jammed with sunburnt backpackers off their faces having consumed as much whatever as they possibly could, and blasting house tunes.
We found a more subdued bar up the road playing mashups, with a pool table, darts board and more level headed punters... a much better option for me.

Thanks VV, but I won't be back...

I left Vang Vieng with mixed feelings.
It is a beautiful place, but feels tarnished.

The tubing, and loud parties completely contravene's Laotian culture, and this is probably why the government has intervened.
Laotions are music less willing to overlook poor western behaviour than perhaps their neighbours.

2 days in Vang Vieng was more than enough... on to Si Pha Don

Posted by SkinnyFists 00:27 Archived in Laos Tagged tubing vang_vieng

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