Down the Tubes
Trip Start Jul 06, 2010
54Trip End Jun 28, 2011
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Where I stayed
Viengsavanh Guest House
We arrived in Vang Vieng and immediately realized that we were too old for this town. The town has been taken over by 18 - 25 yr old backpackers wandering around in swim suits, bare feet (gross!), wasted and/or stoned out of their minds. Although Garry was quite impressed with the continual re-runs of Family Guy and Friends being played at all the restaurants
Why all this madness you ask? Well, Vang Vieng is a popular destination on the "backpacker trail" for tubing down the Nam Song river. When we first heard about it, we were pretty excited - envisioning the Bow river in Calgary.....except we hadn't expected the water to be the colour of coffee, open-air bars selling buckets of Laos whiskey lining the river banks and amusement park like swings and slides that are anything but "safe".
But hey, we aren't THAT old, so after a serious pep talk we rented 2 inner tubes and headed to the tubing drop-off point. Apparently it takes 3 big beer laos before Wendy will even consider getting in that brown water - and after beer 4 she forgot all about the fact she wasn't wearing a life jacket. But no amount of beer was enough for either of us to risk life and limb on those scary swings and slides. Those kids are crazy! Apparently two people have died this year already on those stupid things.
We aren't going to lie, the partying was pretty fun and by 2:30 we found ourselves only at the 3rd bar on the river bank. We now realized why most people have to pay a tuk-tuk driver to take them home
Before we passed out at 9pm (we just couldn't keep up with the kids) our enthusiasm was high and we had convinced ourselves that we would get up and do it all over again...yeah right. When we woke up, we felt broken. We were amazed at how sore our arms were from paddling an inner tube. We went for massages instead. After that we went back to the room for 10 mins to change and came back out to find Wendy's shoes had been stolen. Who steals shoes? We figured that we'd never see those flip flops again....but a few hours later we encountered a guy wearing them around the guesthouse. First of all they are ladies shoes and didn't fit him