Tubing in Vang Vieng

June 20, 2009 · 7 comments

Vang Vieng is in the centre of northern Laos. It is a small town to a village scale, and consists of bars/resturants playing the tv show ‘Friends’, tour booking agents and guesthouses, you’d struggle to find much more. However people go to this remote town for one thing – Tubing.

Tubers getting warmed up

Tubers getting warmed up

It literally is floating down the river on a tube

It literally is floating down the river on a tube

For those in the dark, I’ll explain. Tubing is basically sitting in a inflatable tube (tractor tyre size is the typical size available for rent, but some people bring their own child size tube and squeeze in) and floating down the Mekong River.
Only difference with this sport is the river is lined with bars that throw life rings for you to grab on to as they pull you in for a drink.

The bars also features such as swings (into the river) slides, and mud baths ready for muddy tug of war.

Mud pits make a lot of sense for a communal gathering when drunk

Mud pits make a lot of sense for a communal gathering when drunk

I like to describe the event as ‘an evolution of drinking’ as it is nothing like anywhere else. Prepare to get wet, muddy, painted, drunk, injured and to lose everything down the river but most of all, expect a big smile at the end of it.

Rope slide into the Mekong River

Rope slide into the Mekong River

3/4 people come away injured, but being pulled over rocks, climbing up slippy wet ladders and jumping into a shallow river will do that. Pens, paint and mud means a lot of jokes and profanities can be found written on people during the day too.

Pens + naked bodies + drunk people = ...

Pens + bare bodies + drunk people = ...

Bars close around 8pm when it gets dark, so its best to leave before to get your refund on the tube as opposed to catching a ride back of a moped after asking a local during his meal time….

I'm the one with blue paint on my face

I'm the one with blue paint on my face

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Lorac June 25, 2009 at 11:44 PM

Rob, go over to my blog.There is an award waiting there for you. Go pick it up.

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Lorac June 25, 2009 at 11:51 PM

Almost forgot, to receive the award you will list 7 things about yourself and give the blog to 7 more bloggers that you like!

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Adventure Rob June 26, 2009 at 6:38 AM

I checked out your 4 blogs and don’t see anything about it, thanks anyway though!

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Alex September 20, 2009 at 4:58 AM

Tubing looks great fun, I will have to try that one for myself!

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Tubing Laos June 2, 2010 at 12:45 AM

Cool!!!
.-= Tubing Laos´s last blog – Baz Ashmawy goes tubing in Vang Vieng Laos =-.

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Tubing in Laos July 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Tubing is awesome! Another happy customer haha
Tubing in Laos´s latest blogpost – Tubing in Laos: Experience the Absurdity

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