When you feel of backpacking excesses, debauchery, drunkenness and typically the sort of behaviour that offers us much more cultured travellers who take place to carry their belongings on their back a negative name the location Vang Vieng will not be far from a mention. More than the previous decade or so it has constructed up a reputation for all that is negative with this travelling generation, disrespect, drinking, drugs and harm. Several also have also died in pursuit of these stupid games of one particular up manship. So why then did we determine to go tubing of all factors when we are so against this sort of behaviour!?! Properly, Vang Vieng has created efforts to clean up its reputation, ripping the illegal bars from the edge of the river and taking away the harmful rope swings and slides. Now we are right here to prove that Vang Vieng tubing can rather really just be a good relaxing way to invest the day on this incredible river in the gorgeous mountainside!
Vang Vieng tubing: A turbulent reputation for all that is incorrect with backpacking!
A handful of years back Vang Vieng was overrun by half-naked (generally completely), drunk, drugged and out of manage westerners. The farmer who had the uncomplicated notion of applying the old tractor inner tubes as a way for the vacationers volunteering on his farm to cool off could under no circumstances have foreseen the monster he developed. As an alternative of a peaceful way to drift down the river by means of this after sleepy mountain village it became a byword for backpacker excess and Vang Vieng tubing was at the centre of it all! The Vang Vieng backpacker came with a reputation!
For all that was incorrect with the travelling hordes from the west who came with no need to see culture or practical experience the nation they have been in. They cared practically nothing for the destruction of the atmosphere they left behind, how disrespectful their behaviour was or how the locals felt. They came, they partied and they left a trail of carnage.
At one particular time this lovely river would be complete of hundreds of tubers and hundreds of bars would line its banks. As an alternative of the grazing water buffalo and neighborhood females washing their clothes there have been buckets on sale and opium freely on provide and the infamous Vang Vieng backpacker taking it all in. Drinking games and absolutely free shots encouraged much more and much more outrageous behaviour. Swing, jumps and slides have been hastily place with each other so people today could show off. Inevitably young lives have been lost right here. Wasted to a juvenile notion of what travel was and a kid like need to match in and impress a bunch of idiots!! This went on for years, deaths and injuries unreported and a increasing quantity of angry parents about the planet. At some point the Laos government cracked down on the chaos of Vang Vieng tubing. Now we’re no saints but there is exciting and there is totally reckless behaviour that effects other guests experiences and much more importantly the lives of locals and their atmosphere.
I’ve under no circumstances genuinely observed the point in this kind of “travelling”. Spending a handful of months drinking your way about tourist towns filled with people today from the similar location you are. What do you uncover or discover? Spending cash and time, wasting an incredible chance to just do the similar as you would have at dwelling only someplace a bit warmer and more affordable. Vang Vieng was a common instance of these people today missing so considerably of this incredible area to just repeat what they did on pub street in Siem reap, Khao San road in Bangkok, the complete moon celebration on the Thai Island … and so on and so on! So we have been a tiny sceptical of the Vang Vieng tubing but also didn’t want to just judge as it also appears rather exciting minus the drunken lunatics!
Vang Vieng tubing: Turning more than a new web page for tourism in Laos and bringing a new sort of Vang Vieng backpacker!
On the other hand. Now given that the ban on these illegal bars a magical atmosphere has after once more returned to what was after described as a “paradise lost”. The birds sing after once more, locals wash in the river and the buffalo have come back to drink from the water. These days it is a serine and peaceful location with only a handful of compact bars spread out along its length for these who want to have a drink. If you want it to be it can nevertheless be a tiny wild and you can nevertheless have the classic Vang Vieng tubing celebration, but devoid of harm to the neighborhood villages. But for these who want a good relaxing float down the river this is also completely achievable and for us the purpose we wanted to do it! Now you can be a responsible Vang Vieng backpacker and take in the genuine beautify of this area.
As soon as you pass the initially handful of bars also most of these wishing to quit almost certainly will not finish up back on the water. In dry season a slow and steady four hour float makes it possible for you to take in the several lovely scene of mountains, rivers, farms and bamboo bridges along the way at a gentle pace. Take with you one particular of the dry bags obtainable to invest in in town and hold your valuables dry! There is practically nothing rather like laying back in the warm sun on the bubbling river surrounded by jungle covered peaks. This feels now like definitely exploring Laos and appreciating its untamed beauty.
A relaxing day on the river taking in the lovely scenery
Following spending 7 weeks in Vietnam taking in all the culture on provide, seeing locations so off the beaten track we didn’t see an additional westerner for days, staying with neighborhood households and often struggling to even come across the smallest meal that was vegetarian friendly…we felt we necessary a day to unwind and also to indulge in some thing a bit “touristy!” and so we jumped into this piece of the Vang Vieng backpacker scene!
But you know us, a day relaxing nevertheless desires to incorporate a bit of adventure and excitement! For all the horrors we had heard about the Vang Vieng tubing we really knew incredibly tiny of how incredible it could be. We went with the notion at initially as a way to cool off in the river and lie back in the sun for a day devoid of access to a swimming pool as it had been hot and humid for the duration of our time in Laos. It turns out Vang Vieng tubing is one particular of the ideal factors to do in Vang Vieng by far!
But what we really found along the way was that Vang Vieng tubing, as chilled out as it really is, is the ideal way to see the gorgeous scenery that the incredible river cuts proper by means of also. Vang Vieng is a treasure trove of karst peaks and jungle covered mountainsides. This meandering lazy river runs a image excellent path proper by means of the middle, permitting you to take it all in from base level and all devoid of considerably work at all! Excellent and the way the Vang Vieng backpacker scene need to be!
Along the way you pass all the versions of this village that exist, there are a handful of bars and the music sometimes floods the edges of the river for these who want to join the now low-crucial celebration. But for these on the appear out for some thing much more genuine neighborhood life has returned to the banks of this lovely water way, youngsters will shout more than and wave and fishermen will wade out for their most up-to-date catch. There are even possibilities for some kayaking and ziplining at some quit off points!
Vang Vieng tubing: How to do it!
Tubing Vang Vieng can now only be carried out from a handful of locations and there is one particular major “official” rental shop that is proper in the centre of town.
Costs are now set at 50,000 kip (£5.00) every plus a returnable 60,000 Kip (£6.00) deposit for the tube.
This consists of a Tuk Tuk ride more than to the tube beginning point, you will finish at the back-finish of the town a 10 min stroll away from the workplace.
* You have to get your tube back to the workplace prior to 6pm or you will shed your deposit!
* You need to be off the water prior to it goes dark anyway as it can get harmful.
* If you determine to come off prior to the finish a tuk Tuk can take you back to town need to price about 10,000.Kip (£1.00) They need to be fairly straightforward to come across along the roadside, specifically if you are close to a bar!
* To make the most of your time you need to get on the river prior to 12pm ideally as it can take considerably longer than the time the workplace quotes to get all the way down the river specifically in the dry season. From the finish point it need to be a 10 minute stroll back to the workplace.
* Please be respectful and bring your shorts and t-shirt in your dry sack with you so you can slip them back on while walking by means of town.
* Also do not neglect the suncream, make frequent stops at the riverside to leading up or even put on a t-shirt as it can get hot!
* Get a dry sack in town to hold all your valuables inside protected and dry!
* Bring along some water but you can quit at some of the bars for a drink but they are mainly early on along the river.
* If you are drinking please be cautious, pace oneself and drink water also. If you really feel like you have had sufficient then keep off the water and take a tuk tuk back rather!
* If you can not swim the tubing centre can also lend you life vests, as usually be cautious on the water as a lot of components are isolated.
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