Vang Vieng. This place used to be rave central in Laos. The parties, the drug scene, the disrespect for the local community. It’s all over now. About two years ago the Laos government had enough and closed down the rave bars and literally changed this place overnight from the methamphetamine with an opium chaser scene it used to be to the laid-back outdoor adventure center it should have always been.
Kayaking, cycling, rock-climbing, caving, tubing down The Nam Song River, and great motorbiking. Some of the best outdoor activities Laos has to offer amidst beautiful karst topography, like a classic Asian water-colour painting.
I’m here to research and report on some of these activities for Far East Adventure Travel Magazine and Far East Adventure Travel-The Podcast both available on iTunes.
When I arrived I did a quick walking tour of the town. Yes the raves on the river are gone. Cozy bars showing “Friends” T.V. show reruns, a mainstay for years here are still around along with lots of cafes. There are plenty of backpacker inns but also new lovely boutique hotels that you can stay in for less than $30USD a night.
I look forward to sharing some of my experiences of Vang Vieng. I will be up late tonight though. Not because I’ll be out partying. There are two weddings taking place on the old airport runway next to where I’m staying. The same runway, Lima Site 6, used by the C.I.A during the Vietnam war. My how this place has changed.
I am a broadcaster, photographer, writer and videographer with a passion for travel throughout Asia. I love making connections and engaging with people. I am spiritual and seek adventure wherever I go.
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