Tiptoptubularmashedupmentalisticanticswiththecoolestkidsontheblockbaybeee - Sick!
Vang Vieng Travel Blog› entry 77 of 115 › view all entries
August 17th, 2008 – by: Saladin79
We swung our tanned bodies out from rope swings before flashing down into the heart of the river like psychedelic, irridescent glowstick fish. Later we would drink all night, every night, pinning livers and brains on a kitchen worktop of groaning bar tables and then flattening them with a rolling pin of alcohol and more uppers and downers than you could shake a joss stick at.
We went so hard and so long that I thought we'd never come down. It was the best time of my life - like Bryan Adams and DJ Sammy before me - I thought we were in heaven...
Not really of course. In reality I met a few nice people (mainly English and Aussies), went tubing and supped plenty of Beer Lao. I had a bit of an argument with an English bloke (I was more sinned against than sinning for a change - honest) whilst pissed on the second night. He was spoiling for it and apologised the day after but I withdrew nonetheless and kept myself pretty much to myself after that.
Whilst the kids watched Friends in the TV bars on main street, I watched Saving Private Ryan whilst dining on the fringes of town. I'm not sure which is more gruesome - watching people's legs getting blown off in a meaty festival of D Day carnage or witnessing yet another half hour of smug New York "comedy."
Vang Vieng has plenty of critics like me willing to have a snobbish snipe from the sidelines, but, Friends apart, I actually quite liked the place. Take it for what it is - a kind of traveller's theme park - don't expect much in the way of Laos culture and it's fine for a few days. Go tubing, go canoeing, go cycling - drink and be merry!
Yeah, it's all slow-drifting backpacker fun and y'know what - it's just fine, even if it's not always sick...
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