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Tubing down the Namsong River
Tubing down the Namsong River

Tubing down the Namsong River

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Vang Vieng, Laos
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Tubing down the Namsong River in Vang Vieng, Laos is a great way to spend your afternoon in style. You need not worry about bringing your own tube. There are many enterprising locals who offer tubes ... Read more
for a couple of dollars or so. Once they take you to the starting point and let you float down, it can be an hour to three hours before you reach the finishing point. All throughout your tubing route, there are small stores that offer you beer and other drinks to add fizz to the excitement.

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Bangkok

Ok, so tubing has changed over the last 25 years. From it's apex, it has now shrunk to about 1/10 size. There are 5 bars still open, but that is nothing compared to the 20+ before. It is still going, but the party is nearly over.

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Local from Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is a place of legend for many backpackers; its wild parties along the river used to be on par with Thailand's Full Moon raves (just run a search on Youtube). But despite the government crackdowns a few years ago after a series of fatal accidents, Vang Vieng is still very much on the backpacker circuit and the tubing does carry on today although on a much smaller scale. Now there are only a handful of bars along the river, but they still get busy especially during high season (Nov-March) and it's still a lot of fun. Even if you're not into the drinking / partying scene, you can still enjoy drifting down the river in a rubber ring and taking in the amazing scenery. Alternatively you can go kayaking, which is particularly popular with Korean tourists.

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Anchorage

In theory this can be a really fun, relaxing, and scenic activity, as long as you don't take a bunch of drugs, get too drunk, and hit your head on a rock after doing a rope swing. Yeah, also try not to overdose and die while in Vang Vieng like an average of something like 2 backpackers per month do.

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Paris

A unique place to celebrate in the middle of nowhere. Arriving in the city we wonder where we are, and after a day of tubing we understand why this city has the look of a holiday club

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Tubing is THE thing to do in Vang Vieng. Once you pay your fee, you and your tube will be trucked up river, where you can slowly float down, then climb onto the various bars on the bank for a drink or two. Don't worry, it's not just rowdy foreigners on the river. The lower part of the course has no bars, and you can enjoy the karst landscape with the local kids and water buffalos.

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