When most persons assume of Laos, they conjure up photographs of distant cultures, exotic landscapes, and delightful food.
1000’s of drunk foreigners tubing down a river lined with hundreds of bars normally does not make the mental listing of your leading overseas adventure excursions to choose even though browsing this corner of the planet.
As a result, you can picture my shock when I uncovered that the modest city of Vang Vieng was recognised for just this.
I had to look into it far more, and found some even additional stunning/unsettling facts.
In its glory days, about 200,000 visitors massed to this little spot of Southeast Asia every large season, the the vast majority of them staying Australian as perfectly as expats residing abroad. Don’t check with me why, but Australians apparently love to tube. (Just kidding, of course I know why…tubing is magnificent!)
Regretably, they also appreciate to drink…a great deal.
In point, travellers began consuming so substantially that they started drowning in mass quantities due to the fact they would go out on their tubes and tumble into the water.
Ultimately, the Australian Government said adequate is adequate and bribed the Laos Govt with a sizeable sum of money to shut the attraction down.
“Understandably So: At this time, all over 50 tourists who were backpacking all around the earth & visited Laos died every yr.”
It seems ridiculous right up until you consider the variety of persons and atmosphere into account.
Photograph cramming hundreds of people alongside a river lined with hundreds of bars all promoting buckets of tequila for a several pounds. Becuase there is so a great deal level of competition, most bars provide a totally free shot or some thing comparable upon entry. Even if you pay a visit to two bars you could have currently experienced much too substantially to drink.
But checking out just two would just be ridiculous.
You are tubing on a river in Laos only as soon as in your lifestyle, and there are hundreds of exclusive bars to see..with various games, occasion models and music.
Make sense now? It does to me also.
Now that Iv’e sacred the tubes out of you, allows speak about how wonderful this practical experience was for me following they transformed it.
As a substitute of shutting down the total attraction, the Laos govt was merciful to the inadequate town of Vang Vieng, who was about to lose their livelihood.
Thankfully, all they did was tone it way down though leaving the core of the knowledge intact. As you can see, it is nevertheless an incredibly entertaining time, and a person doesn’t come to feel the want to drink them selves into a coma.
They way it performs is really easy.
We rented a tube from a regional shop for 15 dollars for the day and they drove us above to the starting up issue up river. We were greeted with audio and game titles and when we have been prepared, they helped us into the drinking water to get started the journey!
The surroundings was awesome. Vang Vieng was in fact one of the most gorgeous towns I saw in my two and a 50 % years abroad. Of course, the working experience was heightened by the new perspective on the water.
When it came time to dock for the very first bar, associates threw out long ropes to reel us in. We felt pretty welcomed.
The bars themselves were being wonderful, each individual with their possess design and style and video games. This one experienced h2o basketball and more than enough beer pong to fulfill any universities fraternity.
When we were being ready, we hoped back again in the tubes and continued down stream…with a highway beer…I imply river beer.
The journey continued like this for about an hour and a 50 percent of float time. You can drag it out at the bars as long as you want.
A surprising bonus was looking at the start of a colourful incredibly hot air balloon. It did not look at to the scorching air balloons in Myanmar, but I will confess, it was the 1st time I got to look at 1 from a tube.
The further time to just float and chill out/jam out with the popular water evidence speakers prior to the up coming stop definitely created the experience for me.
In the primary set up, this could by no means have transpired. With a new bar every couple ft and thousands of people on the river, I would not have been able to take pleasure in myself.
Therefore, I thank the Australian Government for their form contribution to Laos and highly recommend you test this experience out just before it improvements all over again, as several factors do change in Asia.
Have you at any time been tubing in Southeast Asia?