Me and my partner have decided in the summer of 2013 we would like to visit Laos and Thailand in the space of 3-4 weeks. We like the sound of Vang Vieng for the tubing however we don't know where to visit in Thailand or anywhere else in Laos. We also need help with a time-scale. Any tips would be really appreciate I can see this being one of my best summers.
so what would be wrong by visiting your library and lending-or perhaps even buying in a real shop, that thing called guidebook? Do you expect us to copycat such a thick book here?PS: read laos-forumpart: tubing has now been banned by lao authorities, due to incessant and rampant exhibitionist drinking, swearing, nude-walking etc.-all habits that Laos disapproves of, but that seem to signify ''freedom from parents'' for the tipial obnoxious teenage (mindset having) youngsters going there.
As a result the small town of VgVg-once only existing of budget guesthss, is also near empty now-does not matter, as locals are rich already by Lao standards.
#2 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
Hey - - I missed that tubing was banned, how did I miss that.
Thailand - depends on what you want to see with 3-4 weeks you could do the BKK-Chiang Mai-overland via Huay Xia to Laos-slowboat to Luang Prabang-Vang Vieng-Vientinne-back to BKK and then down to Ko Chang for the end of your trip for a few nights on Ko Chang to end with a relaxed time on the beach.
There are many posts on Lonely Planet Thorn Tree about the crackdown on the tubing scene. Read posts here. The changes began August 30 this year and latest I've heard is you can still float in a tube down the river but all the river bars are shut down. Obviously it's putting a big dent in the backpacker business, but the situation was just getting ridiculous with record number of fatalities last year and several deaths per month this year. Tubing sure as hell isn't a reason to go to Laos, I mean it can be fun and I've gone many times, but you gotta avoid all the booze on offer that they litterally pour down your throat. Glad to see the end of that.
I wish people would try doing a little research and then ask questions, google is an excellent tool to find answers on... the same constant questions about tubing and the full moon party can be found using google... as well as the answers.
To the OP, there is some good info to be found on this site:
For working out an itinerary, distances and travel time: http://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/
To do some research on what there is to do in Thailand and Laos: http://www.travelfish.org/country/thailand
Start with that and work out a general plan for yourselves based on what you are interested in. I think you will find people are happy to help out if you have specific questions, and if you've done some initial planning work for yourselves.