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Tubing accidents in Vang Vieng

Posted by chinarocks on 8/9/2011 at 22:40

This may not even be "news" any more but I have heard that there has been some tubing accidents in VV recently due to very strong river currents.


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Posted by MADMAC on 8/9/2011 at 22:59

I'm shocked. I can't believe it. Kids, stone drunk, going down a river without life vests... I can't imagine how any accidents could happen.

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Posted by KirstyB on 9/9/2011 at 06:43

It's almost comical, the number of people walking (or hobbling) around that town with various limbs in plaster or bandaged up......

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Posted by travellingsarah on 9/9/2011 at 09:08 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

I was almost double the age of most other people there and even I ended up with cuts on my legs from deciding to tube without a tube. Fun place but can be really dangerous.

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Posted by altmtl on 9/9/2011 at 09:38

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Posted by csawala on 9/9/2011 at 15:06

In Vang Vieng now, went tubing without a tube yesterday, and sliced my heel up... though my injury was quite minor to most of the other people. It is kinda comical seeing people limping, hobbling, and sporting bandages from their adventures though.

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Posted by MADMAC on 9/9/2011 at 18:50

As long as you get on the bus to VV with your eyes wide open it's all good. I was a boxer for ten years. It ain't good for your health. I did it knowing the risks, like all the other guys I boxed with. If you want safe, "proper", wholesome... don't do it.

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Posted by Rufus on 10/9/2011 at 08:07

6 people died this season. Just think of it as Darwin awards.

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Posted by somsai on 16/9/2011 at 09:10

That's terrible. Probably young too, whole lives in front of them.

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Posted by christay2009 on 16/9/2011 at 10:11

'Buckets' and valium back in '09. Bad idea.

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Posted by Prettyfish16 on 27/9/2011 at 01:52

I was there a few weeks ago and you don't have to tube to have a good time - me and a friend walked the route which is easy. You get a great view of the surrounds and keep up with your mates along the way at all the bars. You can also get over the river on the bridges along the way.

My best day on the river was going up in a tuc tuc and planting ourselves to watch the antics of drunken young things throwing themselves in the river from the bank, swings and inflatable cushions... It made us laugh but be a bit careful and don't get that drunk and you'll be fine.

Oh and look out for those who nick your tube and life jacket coz they lost theirs. It cost my friends their deposits and a K2 million fine as someone took their gear while they were partying...

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Posted by kateemily on 29/9/2011 at 17:58

Is it ok to go tubing at the moment in vang vieng? It's been raining a lot in Cambodia so far, and we head to Laos tomorrow...

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Posted by bpsea on 1/10/2011 at 20:04

An Irish guy died the day I arrived in Vang Vieng last year, it was the end of the rainy season and there had been a lot of rain - the current was visibly strong and yet it seems to put hardly anyone off. To be honest I can't believe more young kids don't drown each year, as they are usually pretty wasted!

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