The bus passed through Lao countryside, beautiful scenaries of paddy fields, stream, hills. I realized its nearing Vang Vien when the beautiful range of limestone hills were on my left. The bus brough us into a long empty airfield and sneaked into one of the busy road and parked the bus.Off we dropped and picked our luggages.I looked left and right, this cannot be it ! I further walked along the road and began to uncover the town is tottaly a tourist town. The main road is littered with guesthouses, bars,internets and filled with 20's American Gapyearers getting pissed. Bars after bars I passed through and they were all screening popular American sitcom 'Friends'.
It does make sense why the town is overflooded with bars showing 'Friends' because the main tourist is young American student.
Tourist town littered with guesthouse,internet,bars
I watch 'Friends' everytime its on the telly but not on my holiday. The town is an outback party mayhem that I wasn't aware off at this part of the region. With a combination of cheap Lao beer and the tubing, Vang Vien is definitely a young destination to get pissed up. Carrying buckets over bucketsto annoy other people on the street. Even the tubing isn't kind of activity I didn't have interest in doing. Probably because I was in Phi Phi Island and completely stunned by its beauty, any other place not up to the par.
It's ashamed really, the town if its can be called (a village suits best) on a beatiful unspoilt setting but filled with young students for a chance to get pissed up on exotic foreign land. Its getting to much hype because of this I think - An outback mayhem. If its my country I would feel violated and an insult as there's no sense of respect among visitor towards local customs. I want to know what the monks and the local think about this.
Vang Vien totally didn't live up to my expectation.I couldn't wait to leave.