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possible tubbing tragedy in Laos

Posted by sayadian on 13/5/2011 at 10:08

I've just come down from Stung Treng and travellers coming through from Laos are talking about a girl who was drowned tubing last week. Can anybody verify the truth of that as it seems once again it was someone not wearing a lifejacket.

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Posted by Rufus on 13/5/2011 at 12:17

Didn't hear about it, but would it surprise anybody? No!

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Posted by svendj on 13/5/2011 at 14:45

wearing a lifejacket in vang vieng ? never heard of it, unless you go kayaking.
**** happens every year in vang vieng. people get drunk and do stupid things. I was there 3 weeks ago and there were a lot of people compared to a few years ago.

If you go, just take care of yourself!

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Posted by Rasheeed on 13/5/2011 at 14:48

I thought that safety was the number one concern of those running these tubbing tours...

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Posted by MADMAC on 13/5/2011 at 23:02

As with all businesses, money is the number one concern.

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Posted by Rufus on 15/5/2011 at 13:38

Just think of it as another Darwin award.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 15/5/2011 at 22:21

"Tubbing accident"?
Slipped on the bar of soap again :-(
Sorry RIP

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Posted by enigmatic on 25/5/2011 at 20:16

The rumour going round Vang Vieng itself was that the most recent death was somebody that was pushed rather than somebody that jumped...

I can't confirm whether there's any truth in that particular aspect of the story that but I can confirm that the ziplines have been dismantled (at least for the short term) after the local police showed an interest, with the hastily-introduced "no climbing" signs in some cases sitting alongside the "climb for free bucket" signs. Shots of whisky are still flowing freely though so the place hasn't become safe overnight.

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Posted by schmuly on 26/6/2011 at 15:44

Can someone tell me more about the Tubbing? Do you have to join a tour? Is it one area that it is done in? Does it usually run everyday?

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Posted by MADMAC on 27/6/2011 at 10:03

No. Along the river. Yes.

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Posted by busylizzy on 27/6/2011 at 10:38

The tubing (not tubbing - which brings visions of floating down the river in a bathtub!) is done in Vang Vieng . Vang Vieng is the party town in Laos. I haven't done it but there has been lots of info on this site. There are plenty of places to hire tubes from, and plenty of bars to get drunk at. It runs every day, day and night by the sounds of it. It also sounds like my worst nightmare! Check out some of the videos on YouTube - that will either spark your interest - or put you off.

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Posted by gregwalsh100 on 27/6/2011 at 10:39

Does anybody know anything about the floods n Vang Vieng over the last few days? Bus from Vientienne was cancelled yesterday with roads flooded and rumour has it that only one bar on the river and pretty much all the hotels in the town are closed at the moment...... although buses are travelling today!? Any ideas? Thinking of bypassing now and trying to go straight to Luang Prabang!

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Posted by robh181 on 27/6/2011 at 20:38

I'm here in VV. Yes tubing has temporarily been suspended due to the high river level. In fact, the entire "party island" is submerged in several feet of water and 2 out of the 3 bridges to the island have been washed away. Asked a travel agent today when it was suppose to resume and he said minimum 2 days, probably a few more if it continues to rain. I took the bus from LP down to here and there have been several landslides and the 6 hour bus took 11 hours. Not fun. My suggestion is - if you can - wait a few days to come here.

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