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Tubing in VangViang

Posted by anandgrafiti on 27/7/2009 at 19:50

Hi All,
I know tubing involves booze and long hours of exposed sun. But one basic doubt i have is that how safe is it otherwise? Do you need to be a good swimmer(is swimming a must skill to do it?) to do tubing? Is the waters safe?
Anand

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Posted by MADMAC on 28/7/2009 at 00:39

Drunk, muddy water - probable water born parasites... yeah, I'd say there's risk and you should be able to swim pretty good.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 28/7/2009 at 08:28 admin

You can stand up in much of the river (assuming you haven't already smoked and drank too much).

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Posted by anandgrafiti on 28/7/2009 at 12:04

Thanks guys. Are safety Wests available just in case?

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Posted by BruceMoon on 29/7/2009 at 06:14

anadgrafiti

A bit below your 'post' is another with some 66 contributions.

At that post, there is so much information - including a reference on the first post to a video clip showing you the place, the people, the etc.

I suggest you go look...

https://www.travelfish.org/board/post/laos/5463_tubing-in-vang-vieng--laos

As for 'Wests', I'm assuming you mean 'vests'. My experience in Laos is that any vest offered to a westerner (I doubt Lao use them) is Chinese made and so inferior it is not worth the effort.

Cheers

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Posted by anandgrafiti on 29/7/2009 at 11:42

Hi BruceMoon, Thanks for the link. I have seen that link before and also followed the links to Basho's site, but was not answering my question exactly and as I am still familiarizing with the forum, i was not sure if someone would still reply to a thread that long and has long deviated from the actual topic and started discussing on the do's and don'ts of tourism and backpacking. Excuse me for creating another thread:)

Excuse me again for the typo;) So I conclude that its not safe to do tubing if you dont know swimming :) Thanks for all the replies.

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Posted by BruceMoon on 29/7/2009 at 12:30

anandgrafiti

Sorry, I didn't pick up the core of your message.

Yes, I'd assume the same as you - if you don't know how to swim, the tubing (etc.) event will certainly place you in danger.

Cheers

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Posted by TheGoose on 31/7/2009 at 06:11

You don't have to swim, you can easily walk between the bars as well.

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Posted by rideLARA on 31/7/2009 at 13:17

Don't do it...now it's rainy season, the river is high, and even in knee deep water, you can slip and be rushed off downstream faaaast....if you drink or smoke, even worse...you may loose your balance and in the process, something much more valuable.

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Posted by anandgrafiti on 31/7/2009 at 18:27

Planning to go there during November first week. I thought the rainy season ends in October. And hey, I don't smoke or drink:)
Now dont ask me what i may be doing at Vangviang then;)

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/8/2009 at 03:09

"Don't do it...now it's rainy season, the river is high, and even in knee deep water, you can slip and be rushed off downstream faaaast....if you drink or smoke, even worse...you may loose your balance and in the process, something much more valuable."

I gotta do it - but I'm a decent swimmer and a risk taker by nature.

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Posted by withoutborders on 19/8/2009 at 04:37

The second half of this video is a great example of what tubing hee is like,but the whole video is great too.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naSUJwDZDR8

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Posted by BruceMoon on 19/8/2009 at 06:37

I don't know about others, but I get the feeling that withoutborders is trying to sell something (if not to us, at least to others).

Cheers

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Posted by withoutborders on 19/8/2009 at 10:49

Thanks for your response,

This project is 100% self funded, and while we have no experience with filming or editing, or being infront of a camera, we are doing our best. We are doing everything that we can to promote ourselves and trying to make our dream of doing this for a job come true. We hope our videos are informative, helpful, and entertaining.

Clayton

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Posted by MADMAC on 20/8/2009 at 03:08

I'm going, I'm fucking going, that's all there is to it.

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Posted by fivesilver on 20/8/2009 at 13:03

Posted from within Vietnam.

* Get to VV
* Sit at a cafe for an hour
* Count the number of travellers limping past in swimwear, clutching part of their anatomy and looking thoroughly miserable/ready to die

This will give you a reasonable indication of the current condition of the river.
*** One variable, however, that may slew the accuracy of this test is the number of complete f***wits in town at any given time.

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Posted by SteinOfOrange on 27/8/2009 at 13:37

"Hellooooo Beer Lao."

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