Don't ask, don't tell

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
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Trip End Dec 18, 2011


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Having already travelled quite a distance by bus to Udomxai, I think we were a little mad to get onto the bus to Vang Vieng straight away, especially with no money or food to our names. However with nothing much to do in Udamxai and Vang Vieng the only place we could afford to go with the little Kip we had, off we went to the 19-year-old-backpacker mecca in Laos.  According to what we'd read, i.e. what it says in the Lonely Planet, Vang Vieng used to be a very pretty small town on a river with a stunning backdrop, with lots to do in the way of caving, kayaking and climbing.  However tubing (going down the river sat in a big rubber ring) took over, bars were opened on the river banks for tubers to be 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 Indochina.  Despite the LP making it perfectly clear that, regardless of the type of entertainment on offer in Vang Vieng, the Laotians nonethless get offended by scantily clad tourists, there were still lots of (this makes me sound really old and boring) near naked people in their late-teens/early-twenties walking around town.  However, to avoid referring to each other as 'boring’ and ‘old’ for the next 10 months we followed the naked people – ourselves covered in t-shirts and shorts might I add – to the tubing rental place and got driven to the start point of the route back down the river to Vang Vieng.

Due to the nature of tubing we didn’t take our camera’s and so luckily there are no pictures of what happened next.  Therefore we will not confirm or deny anything.  So don’t ask.
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