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Tubing in VangViang

  • anandgrafiti

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    Hi All,
    I know tubing involves booze and long hours of exposed sun. But one basic doubt i have is that how safe is it otherwise? Do you need to be a good swimmer(is swimming a must skill to do it?) to do tubing? Is the waters safe?
    Anand

    #1 Posted: 27/7/2009 - 19:50

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  • MADMAC

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    Drunk, muddy water - probable water born parasites... yeah, I'd say there's risk and you should be able to swim pretty good.

    #2 Posted: 28/7/2009 - 00:39

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    You can stand up in much of the river (assuming you haven't already smoked and drank too much).

    #3 Posted: 28/7/2009 - 08:28

  • anandgrafiti

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    Thanks guys. Are safety Wests available just in case?

    #4 Posted: 28/7/2009 - 12:04

  • BruceMoon

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    anadgrafiti

    A bit below your 'post' is another with some 66 contributions.

    At that post, there is so much information - including a reference on the first post to a video clip showing you the place, the people, the etc.

    I suggest you go look...

    http://www.travelfish.org/board/post/laos/5463_tubing-in-vang-vieng--laos

    As for 'Wests', I'm assuming you mean 'vests'. My experience in Laos is that any vest offered to a westerner (I doubt Lao use them) is Chinese made and so inferior it is not worth the effort.

    Cheers

    #5 Posted: 29/7/2009 - 06:14

  • anandgrafiti

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    Hi BruceMoon, Thanks for the link. I have seen that link before and also followed the links to Basho's site, but was not answering my question exactly and as I am still familiarizing with the forum, i was not sure if someone would still reply to a thread that long and has long deviated from the actual topic and started discussing on the do's and don'ts of tourism and backpacking. Excuse me for creating another thread:)

    Excuse me again for the typo;) So I conclude that its not safe to do tubing if you dont know swimming :) Thanks for all the replies.

    #6 Posted: 29/7/2009 - 11:42

  • BruceMoon

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    anandgrafiti

    Sorry, I didn't pick up the core of your message.

    Yes, I'd assume the same as you - if you don't know how to swim, the tubing (etc.) event will certainly place you in danger.

    Cheers

    #7 Posted: 29/7/2009 - 12:30

  • TheGoose

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    You don't have to swim, you can easily walk between the bars as well.

    #8 Posted: 31/7/2009 - 06:11

  • rideLARA

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    Don't do it...now it's rainy season, the river is high, and even in knee deep water, you can slip and be rushed off downstream faaaast....if you drink or smoke, even worse...you may loose your balance and in the process, something much more valuable.

    #9 Posted: 31/7/2009 - 13:17

  • anandgrafiti

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    Planning to go there during November first week. I thought the rainy season ends in October. And hey, I don't smoke or drink:)
    Now dont ask me what i may be doing at Vangviang then;)

    #10 Posted: 31/7/2009 - 18:27

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  • MADMAC

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    "Don't do it...now it's rainy season, the river is high, and even in knee deep water, you can slip and be rushed off downstream faaaast....if you drink or smoke, even worse...you may loose your balance and in the process, something much more valuable."

    I gotta do it - but I'm a decent swimmer and a risk taker by nature.

    #11 Posted: 19/8/2009 - 03:09

  • withoutbord-
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    The second half of this video is a great example of what tubing hee is like,but the whole video is great too.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naSUJwDZDR8

    #12 Posted: 19/8/2009 - 04:37

  • BruceMoon

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    I don't know about others, but I get the feeling that withoutborders is trying to sell something (if not to us, at least to others).

    Cheers

    #13 Posted: 19/8/2009 - 06:37

  • withoutbord-
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    Thanks for your response,

    This project is 100% self funded, and while we have no experience with filming or editing, or being infront of a camera, we are doing our best. We are doing everything that we can to promote ourselves and trying to make our dream of doing this for a job come true. We hope our videos are informative, helpful, and entertaining.

    Clayton

    #14 Posted: 19/8/2009 - 10:49

  • MADMAC

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    I'm going, I'm fucking going, that's all there is to it.

    #15 Posted: 20/8/2009 - 03:08

  • fivesilver

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    * Get to VV
    * Sit at a cafe for an hour
    * Count the number of travellers limping past in swimwear, clutching part of their anatomy and looking thoroughly miserable/ready to die

    This will give you a reasonable indication of the current condition of the river.
    *** One variable, however, that may slew the accuracy of this test is the number of complete f***wits in town at any given time.

    #16 Posted: 20/8/2009 - 13:03

  • SteinOfOran-
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    "Hellooooo Beer Lao."

    #17 Posted: 27/8/2009 - 13:37

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