Vang Vieng is like no place on earth, but you have to visit to decide if that’s a good or bad thing. At first sight it looks like a small, sleepy, slightly run-down town running parallel to river Nam Song. The banks of the river are flanked by towering limescale mountains and it’s under these that a rash of hotels, guest houses and impossibly cheap restaurants have opened. There’s also an old airstrip just outside town that was used by the America’s planes during the Vietnam war

Vang Vieng suburbs

Originally it was the scenery that attracted people to Vang Vieng, but over the years it has  become a Mecca for travellers to come and party along the river as if the end of the world is nigh. What Vang Vieng is famous for is tubing, let me explain. For £4, you can hire a large inner tube from the centre of town. Included in the price is a tuk-tuk that will take you about 15 minutes out of town and drop you besides the river. Your mission is to float downstream to town, which should take about three hours. The only obstacle to achieving this objective is that More >