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.
#1 chinarocks has been a member since 17/6/2011. Posts: 738
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.
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.
#6 csawala has been a member since 21/4/2011. Posts: 13
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.
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...
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!