Kids playing at the idyllic banks of Nam Song river.
Further upstream it is a completely different scenery - drunken backpackers everywhere as the local attraction is tubing and party hard without rules..
It's really a shame how backpackers have destroyed the local culture in Vang Vieng. The elderly are disillusioned and the the crime rate has gone up, as local kids see and imitate the bad behavior of rowdy travelers.
I agree with that.. It really is a sad development which can be noticed in many areas in SEA. But in contrast with the originally and religious life in rural Laos it is more clearly than elsewhere.
You should check those beautiful handcrafted Lao woven silk and traditional silver jewelry that reflect the allure and complexity of Lao culture.
Is it possible for us to hire a car to drive at night from Vang Vieng to Vientiane? Or is that not safe for 6 Americans?
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