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A Totally Tubular Experience, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

A Totally Tubular Experience

A travel blog entry by lisa-ashley

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... a lurk in the eeriest sense of the word. Everyone comes to Vang Vien to float down the river in an inner tube, making Vang Vien a totally tubular experience. Now there's an 80's expression for you! Here's the deal: You pay $4 for an 18-wheeler tire ...

Vang Vieng, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Vang Vieng

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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... in South-East Asia" I decided to decline. Rob decided it would be "well funny" and went for it. See the videos! I left Vang Vieng relieved to still have my boyfriend in one piece and covered in crazy bruises and cuts from spending the day sat inside a ...

Claire bums bikes., Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Claire bums bikes.

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... Jo's iphone to watch in bed. This is what we watch... Brokedown Palace - strangely its more entertaining considering our setting. Vang Vieng may be beautiful but there is enough even in low season to show it living up to its reputation as Laos' ...

In The Tubing, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

In The Tubing

A travel blog entry by emmaandemma

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Vang Vieng, ahhh only a few hours from Vientiane so we got a more local style of bus than the king of bus, which was fine. V V itsself is a backpacker mecca, there are many many guesthouses, on the bus we met a guy who'd been before and he showed us to ...

Don't ask, don't tell, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Don't ask, don't tell

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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... pulled into and alcoholic westerners showed up.  Obviously an opinion dependent on what you want out of a holiday/travelling, to us Vang Vieng is quite a ridiculous place – particularly compared to anywhere else we have chosen to go so far in ...

Specials, Spelling, and Sauce, Van Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Specials, Spelling, and Sauce

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... was no liability waiver, but the relaxed atmosphere is a welcome change from the often over-litigious western world (I think there are only fifty laws in Laos). Thusly, we escaped the tourist trap of Van Vieng with a leaky boat and a guide named ...

New Year's Tubing and a day in Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

New Year's Tubing and a day in Luang Prabang

A travel blog entry by you_know_zo

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... to meet back up with Tom Mills - that's right, it was time to throw Tibbs back into the equation!! We arrived in Vang Vieng and Tibbs had already booked a bungalow for us, so it was pretty stress free... Vang Vieng is famous for two ...

Detox needed after this little jaunt..., Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Detox needed after this little jaunt...

A travel blog entry by zee

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... . You can go biking, caving and kayaking, or you can smoke and drink your way to oblivion. And don't confuse the 'happy' shakes of Vang Vieng with the 'happy' pizzas of Phnom Penh. Happiness in Laos is a mushroom, not weed. The trip up there was fun, ...

Lazy Tubing and High Flyers, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Lazy Tubing and High Flyers

A travel blog entry by mills-mcshea

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... the tuk tuk drivers, caus there the same everywhere. We loaded ourselves onto a local bus, and made the comfortable 3 hour trip to Vang Vien, the trip being slowed a little by a load of locals on the beer in the morning, needing toilet brakes. Just like ...

Day 66, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Day 66

A travel blog entry by poolman99

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... 11.30am the water was nice and warm. It's not just a relaxing 6km ride back - the river side is punctuated by shack bars selling Lao beer and giving away Lao whiskey! Trees have speakers tied to them and play Bob Marley mostly at a good volume. The ...

Side Street and Helicopter Photos, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Side Street and Helicopter Photos

A travel blog entry by dane

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We wandered over into this other area of Vang Vieng past the air field, which is actually called the abandoned airfield despite the fact that it is obviously still used on occasion.  These kids were cute, and everyone was very interested in the ...

Relaxing, Tubing and Hot Air Ballooning!!!, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Relaxing, Tubing and Hot Air Ballooning!!!

A travel blog entry by markandjade

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... of liked to have seen what is was like before (and watched some of these idiots from a distance haha). Lowlights Long journey to Vang Vieng. It should have taken 6 hours by bus but instead it was 9. The main reason for this was a pathetic crash ...

Climbing the Falls, Tat Kuang Si Waterfall, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Climbing the Falls

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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Just outside Luang Prabang, the Tat Kuang Si waterfall flows over a high limestone cliff through bamboo forests and tall jungle. This was our destination today and we bargained with a tuk-tuk driver after a bowl of fresh noodle soup. Three others ...

Western civilisation!, Vang vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Western civilisation!

A travel blog entry by tomsontravels

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We were quite shocked when we arrived to find a deserted town filled with bars and restaurants, episodes of friends blaring out and western food on every menu. Couldnt even find any chopsticks! But we settled into it and even enjoyed a pizza ...

Journey to the Center of the Earth, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Journey to the Center of the Earth

A travel blog entry by dane

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... wanted to go and we had to get away from the Friends DVDs for a while.    There are probably a dozen caves around Vang Vieng that are open to the public, and this was one of the lesser visited sites.  There were a handful of people ...

A Ride Around the Countryside, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

A Ride Around the Countryside

A travel blog entry by dane

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We rented a motorbike for $5 and set out to explore the area.  We had crossed the river and gone West on foot, but we wanted to go farther north and see some of the smaller villages and perhaps some caves.  I was sort of soured on the caving ...

Chapter 38: Metro Laos, Vang Vieng / Vientiane, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Chapter 38: Metro Laos

A travel blog entry by easyread

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... backpacker faves, and of course drinks. The feel of the place made me nostalgic for the similar (but mellower) Gili Trawangan. Vang Vieng is an interesting town, as its reputation as a backpacker's haven has grown enormously in the last 5-10 ...

Miss Whiplash? I don't., Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Miss Whiplash? I don't.

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... for us to move on. We had another mince around town and Erica bought some clothes. I asked Erica to kill me if I bought a "Tubing the Vang Vieng" muscle vest so one of the few items of clothing the Lady has bought on this trip had to be a tubing top. She ...

Vang Vieng dump or paradise?, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Vang Vieng dump or paradise?

A travel blog entry by suzukistorey

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... have gone. I wanted to come to a country with culture and history, to meet the locals and do simple things like treking, to me Vang Vieng feels like a run down holiday resort that you can find anywhere on the coast line of Spain. To say we didn't like it ...

What to do with an inner tube and a happy shake..., Vang Viene, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

What to do with an inner tube and a happy shake...

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... getting caught in the bridge supports or flailing about trying to make it back to shore and you have hours of entertainment. Vang Viene itself is pretty non-descript, a rectangular grid with pot-holed semi-paved roads that fill with huge puddles of ...

So laid back that we are going in reverse!!, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

So laid back that we are going in reverse!!

A travel blog entry by vickersontour

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I will add more detail later, but basically today we did b*gger all. Got out of bed at about 11am. Went for a fry up at the Sakura cafe. Went for a walk down to the river. Lazed in the hammocks by the river. Came back for shower. Then Skyped me ...

Saddle sore - soothed in the lagoon!, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Saddle sore - soothed in the lagoon!

A travel blog entry by vickersontour

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... went tubing the other day and the plan was made to go again tomorrow. We also met Steve & Jay (girl), who had just arrived in Vang Vieng and invited them to come along with our group. Vinnie & Irma also said they'd come - should be a good day. Then it ...

Drowning Man......It Sure Can Rain!, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Drowning Man......It Sure Can Rain!

A travel blog entry by shaunduvall

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... almot 20 or so vehicles on the 6 hour journey! Scenery was stunning, as we pass the occassional village, and then arrive at Vang Vieng. Surprise surprise, they drop you at their preferred guest house, but I decide to walk around, in the pouring rain, ...

Death Bus to Vang Vieng, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Death Bus to Vang Vieng

A travel blog entry by vickersontour

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I think the bus to take us to Vang Vieng was owned by the same company the provided the plane to Laos! It was falling to bits on the outside, but on the inside there were curtains, tassles and even mini chandeliers for lights!! Pimp my ride or what?!? ...

Hungover, Chronic Diahorrea and a 7 hour bus ride, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Hungover, Chronic Diahorrea and a 7 hour bus ride

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... asleep) I watched a typically male masculine film 'Casablanca’ that somehow had appeared illegally on my i-plod. We finally arrived in Vang Vieng, well in a bus station that was apparently 3km from town, and the whole bus tried to hire a tuk tuk / ...

New and Repeated Friends, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

New and Repeated Friends

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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... bus much to Steve's protesting as I opted for more kip for less Lao kip by getting a cheaper later ticket. The bus to Vang Vieng saw something of an exodus from Luang Prabang with the two Dutch girls, two Australians and the two Spanish sisters, Idoia ...

How Now Brown Cow in Laos - it rhymes!, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

How Now Brown Cow in Laos - it rhymes!

A travel blog entry by lizandsimon

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... brown cows and they tend to live in the middle of the road so it was more dodging cows than cars. We arrived in Vang Vieng remarkably unscathed and were dropped off on an old airstrip which lies parallel to Vang Viengs main and only street. We made ...

Drunken Tubing - who's idea was this???, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Drunken Tubing - who's idea was this???

A travel blog entry by tom_hollie_2010

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... go kayaking or cycling on a trek. So our recommendation - if you don't want to spend your time on a river drinking don't bother with Vang Vieng. But it's like a summer festival on a river and to be fair it is awesome! Lots of Love, Hollie and Thomas ...

Ride to Vang Vieng, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Ride to Vang Vieng

A travel blog entry by dane

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The ride to Vang Vieng took us back into the mountains the way we had come.  Lindsey found it more miserable than the ride to Phonsavan.  Apparently so did many other people on the journey.  The old woman sitting next to me serenaded me for ...

Vang Vieng, Vang Vieng, Lao Peoples Dem Rep travel blog

Vang Vieng

A travel blog entry by dane

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Vang Vieng sits on the banks of the Song River with incredible mountains and lush forest as a backdrop, and rice paddies and fields everywhere in between.  Hotel rooms are cheap (ours was $5 and the hotel had two balconies that enjoyed incredible ...

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