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    Here's another good writeup and video of the tubing in scene in Laos. The swing footage at the start is very good and again the writing touches on how this isn't the safest deal in town...

    Time to go book that ticket MADMAC!

    #1 Posted: 13/11/2009 - 04:51

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    I was looking at this and then I was thinking... hey that's my video!

    Tubing is incredibly good fun but on the flip side it is very dangerous. I can't see how it can be made any safer...

    Amar

    #2 Posted: 13/11/2009 - 08:49

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    manditory life jacket and fines for not wearing it
    have an official 'end' to the 'course' where it is easy/manditory to stop
    set a time whereby afterwards you cannot rent a tube [prevent night time tubing]

    loads of ways to make it 'safer' but then i guess when things are made safer they are at risk of being made less fun

    #3 Posted: 13/11/2009 - 10:08

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    From a not concerned with getting shitfaced perspective...
    The scenery is great, esp from a relaxing river.

    I did it 2 days in a row without a single drink last week.
    Its only party central for the first 100 yards or so.

    #4 Posted: 13/11/2009 - 21:05

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    From a not concerned with getting shitfaced perspective...
    The scenery is great, esp from a relaxing river.

    I did it 2 days in a row without a single drink last week.
    Its only party central for the first 100 yards or so.

    #5 Posted: 13/11/2009 - 21:09

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    That's good to know ^

    I will probably be passing through with my 52 year old father in the coming weeks, and whilst both of us are no stranger to getting "shitfaced" I don't think he would really fit in!

    Moreover, i'm trying to avoid getting shitfaced as i can never seem to wake up the next day!

    #6 Posted: 14/11/2009 - 07:42

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    Tubing was a riot, but not very PC. My wife and I did it at 33/32 and we were with some people older. There is, however, no safety whatsoever. People can and will get hurt.

    My video of it is post on http://www.outsidecontext.com/basho-films/ and gives an idea of what to expect.

    #7 Posted: 20/11/2009 - 20:18

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    The beauty of this region is that so little for us is mandatory. I am home in the States right now and I am reminded daily of why I live in Thailand - fed up with all the regulation here. There's a law for everything, and TV and radio are constantly talking about more laws to address new "problems".

    #8 Posted: 21/11/2009 - 10:11

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Madmac-
    starting to feel the same about my return to the US next month.

    #9 Posted: 21/11/2009 - 16:14

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    Don't do it man... I will never move back here. The US really is morphing into another European state. Rules for everything, taxes out the ass... You are free to express yourself, but that's about all you are free to do. Every other activity has some rules attached to it. The longer I am here, the more I notice it.

    #10 Posted: 21/11/2009 - 23:56

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    My sentiments exactly Madmac. I find my trips home to visit daughters and family getting shorter and shorter. News media is a joke, politics reminds me of the red shirts and yellow shirts, hypocrisy in both government and big business, police operate in Gestapo form. I could go on. :)

    #11 Posted: 22/11/2009 - 10:21

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