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Vang Vieng - Tube it up.

Written on: Saturday July 28th, 2007

A journal entry from: South East Asia

We arrived in Vang Vieng and were immediately thrown on the back  of a tuk-tuk (a.k.a - motor bike with ghetto pick-up back attached for passengers).  There were about 11 people on it, when it really should only have 4 or 5, leaving Adam and I dangling off the back the whole way to the Guest House.

Vang Vieng is pretty small, and all there is to do is eat, drink, do extreme sports and go tubing.  Our second day we ended up doing a full day of tubing with some Brits we met the night before.  The river is lined with bars, giant swings and zip lines that throw you in the water, and many rowdy crowds.  Overall it was a great time.  We danced with the locals, drank with who ever was around and spend lots of time flying through the air off some make shift swing into the water. Not to forget the mountain range the river goes through was a great distraction from everything else going on.  Just as we were nearing the end of the trip a thunder and lighting storm broke out, so there was a bit of a mad dash to the shore.  Happy to say our group all make it out in one piece, less or more I guess.  The rest of the night we ended up just hanging out in different spots all over the town. 

Although, there is a bit of a damper put on by the potential up-rising that is expected here in Lao.  Lots of AK 47s being sported all over the country.  Now in most of the towns and cities there is a mid-night curfew, that if missed you will find yourself being escorted home by and soldier with an AK 47.  This is of course to keep the tourists safe, but I am looking a bit forward to getting out of harms way.