Vang Vieng Changed

Vang Vieng is a place synonymous with narcotic paradise, backpacker raves, and the infamous “tubing” craze. Vang Vieng won’t let you leave without partaking in at least one day tubing. By tubing, I mean floating down the river in a rubber ring, stopping at bars along the way with the sole purpose of getting totally off-your-face. You could call Vang Vieng the Ibiza of the Orient. My first taster of Vang Vieng was a YouTube clip someone showed me, of hordes of intoxicated westerners mud-fighting on the banks of the river, and fox-flying into the water. There is an...

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