For those of you that have traveled to Thailand or other parts of south east asia, you may have come across someone wearing a 'Tubing in the Vang Vieng' tank top or possibly shorts.
Vang Vieng is a small town in the province of Vientiane, Laos. Like many small towns in Asia, the locals have found a way to exploit the westerns via sunshine, cheap booze, cheap food, cheap accommodations, and did i mention the cheap booze? Some people feel as if the locals are being taken advantage of, or that there is a lack of local culture in Vang Vieng. To these travelers i tell them to head else where because what you will see is locals catering to a clientelle that they have in turn have figured out how to exploit (just my opinion). that aside tubing is an amazing time of carefree boozing. grab a tube, enjoy some free whiskey, grab a bucket and and float down the river
We met a lot of people that got stuck in Vang Vieng. Their wrists were loaded with bracelets that marked the number of days they had been down to the river. Some people even find work either at the bars on the river, or in western run restaurants. The scenery is beautiful with stunning lime stone cliffs, and the locals you meet are very kind. One women we met told us that the next time she saw us we would have 2 babies 1 time. We're convinced that this women for-saw twins in our future.