Photo: Classic scenery surrounds Vang Vieng.

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Tubing in Vang Vieng Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/11/2009 at 04:51 admin

Here's another good writeup and video of the tubing in scene in Laos. The swing footage at the start is very good and again the writing touches on how this isn't the safest deal in town...

Time to go book that ticket MADMAC!

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Posted by gapyearescape on 13/11/2009 at 08:49

I was looking at this and then I was thinking... hey that's my video!

Tubing is incredibly good fun but on the flip side it is very dangerous. I can't see how it can be made any safer...

Amar

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Posted by christay2009 on 13/11/2009 at 10:08

manditory life jacket and fines for not wearing it
have an official 'end' to the 'course' where it is easy/manditory to stop
set a time whereby afterwards you cannot rent a tube [prevent night time tubing]

loads of ways to make it 'safer' but then i guess when things are made safer they are at risk of being made less fun

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Posted by grndhouse on 13/11/2009 at 21:05

From a not concerned with getting shitfaced perspective...
The scenery is great, esp from a relaxing river.

I did it 2 days in a row without a single drink last week.
Its only party central for the first 100 yards or so.

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Posted by grndhouse on 13/11/2009 at 21:09

From a not concerned with getting shitfaced perspective...
The scenery is great, esp from a relaxing river.

I did it 2 days in a row without a single drink last week.
Its only party central for the first 100 yards or so.

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Posted by furneburner on 14/11/2009 at 07:42

That's good to know ^

I will probably be passing through with my 52 year old father in the coming weeks, and whilst both of us are no stranger to getting "shitfaced" I don't think he would really fit in!

Moreover, i'm trying to avoid getting shitfaced as i can never seem to wake up the next day!

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Posted by basho on 20/11/2009 at 20:18

Tubing was a riot, but not very PC. My wife and I did it at 33/32 and we were with some people older. There is, however, no safety whatsoever. People can and will get hurt.

My video of it is post on http://www.outsidecontext.com/basho-films/ and gives an idea of what to expect.

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Posted by MADMAC on 21/11/2009 at 10:11

Christay
The beauty of this region is that so little for us is mandatory. I am home in the States right now and I am reminded daily of why I live in Thailand - fed up with all the regulation here. There's a law for everything, and TV and radio are constantly talking about more laws to address new "problems".

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Posted by grndhouse on 21/11/2009 at 16:14

Posted from within Vietnam.

Madmac-
starting to feel the same about my return to the US next month.

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Posted by MADMAC on 21/11/2009 at 23:56

Don't do it man... I will never move back here. The US really is morphing into another European state. Rules for everything, taxes out the ass... You are free to express yourself, but that's about all you are free to do. Every other activity has some rules attached to it. The longer I am here, the more I notice it.

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Posted by neosho on 22/11/2009 at 10:21

My sentiments exactly Madmac. I find my trips home to visit daughters and family getting shorter and shorter. News media is a joke, politics reminds me of the red shirts and yellow shirts, hypocrisy in both government and big business, police operate in Gestapo form. I could go on. :)

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