VANG VIENG

Vang Vieng is a riverside town in Central Laos. The main attractions are the river flowing through the spectacularly wild karst formations, laid-back countryside and many caves. Many outdoor tours are available. Once little more than a bus stop on the long haul between Vientiane at the Thai border and the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng has managed to become a destination in its own right and a popular stop on the unofficial Banana Pancake Trail. Anyone who has travelled in Southeast Asia will have heard about tubing, an activity that dominates this town and its visitors. It was opened up by hedonistic backpackers, and the atmosphere of the town is one of lethargy by day and debauchery by night. Tourists sprawl out in the pillow-filled restaurants, termed "TV bars", watching re-runs of US sitcoms, Friends and Family Guy episodes, until the sun goes down, and then party heavily until the early hours. - Wikivoyage - Image by Pascal Müller
Image by Mesut Kaya

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