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VIDEO: Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos

I’ve secretly been trying something new—making short videos! I used to avoid the camera because I was camera shy (and I hate my voice), but really, who cares?

So, without further ado, I present a video of me. It’s from about a month back, when I was tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos.

“Tubing in Laos” is one of those things you hear about for ages and then when you actually see and do it, it’s completely what you expected—only better.

This was one of my first days in Vang Vieng (and the only day I actually rented a tube). It doesn’t actually capture what happens there, but whatever, you can deal.

More about tubing in Vang Vieng

Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos, has long been synonymous with adventure, fun, and breathtaking natural beauty since the earliest days of backpacking (and travel bloggers). Nestled amidst the dramatic karst landscape and lush greenery of northern Laos, Vang Vieng offers a unique and exhilarating tubing experience that has attracted travelers from around the globe.

But it’s no longer really a tourist activity like it used to be. Where it used to include drugs and excessive drinking to a dangerous point where tourists did occasionally die, the situation is much safer and calmer these days.

The tubing adventure typically begins at the town center, where enthusiastic adventurers rent large truck tire tubes and set off on a journey down the Nam Song River. As you float downstream, you’ll be captivated by the mesmerizing scenery that surrounds you. Towering limestone cliffs, swaying palm trees, and vibrant vegetation create a picturesque backdrop as you glide along the gentle currents.

Along the riverbanks, you’ll encounter various riverside bars and establishments that have become an integral part of the tubing culture in Vang Vieng. These random riverside bars offer a vibrant social scene, complete with music, drinks, and exciting activities. Many of them have constructed elaborate zip lines, swings, and rope swings, allowing you to indulge in adrenaline-pumping jumps and dips into the refreshing water.

Tubing in Vang Vieng is not just about the adventure; it’s also about the sense of camaraderie and shared experiences. Travelers from all walks of life come together to form an eclectic community, bonded by the thrill of the tubing adventure. Whether you’re floating side by side with new friends or engaging in lively conversations at one of the riverside bars, the social aspect of tubing adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the overall experience.

When I went tubing in Vang Vieng in 2010, I actually ran into an old high school friend from Texas who happened to be backpacking at the same time—small world!

While tubing in Vang Vieng offers an exciting and memorable adventure, it’s important to prioritize safety and exercise caution. Local authorities have implemented regulations and safety measures in recent years to ensure the well-being of travelers. It’s crucial to listen to the instructions provided, wear a life jacket, and consume alcohol responsibly, as the currents can be unpredictable and accidents can occur.

In summary, tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos, is an extraordinary experience that combines natural beauty, adventure, and a vibrant social scene. It allows you to immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings while connecting with fellow travelers.

As you floated down the Nam Song River, exploring riverside bars and engaging in thrilling activities, you’ll create unforgettable memories that will stay with you long after your time in Vang Vieng has come to an end.

  1. Ugg I was NOT a fan of Vang Vieng. It epitomized everything I hate about backpacking. 

  2. TravelnLass says:

    And of course you DID pass the camera to someone on dry land before you set off down that river, yes? ;)

    Nice little clip.  Your voice seems fine, but the sound was extremely muffled/could barely hear it.  I too hope to dabble in some short vlog posts but have to learn a few technicals first.

  3.  Dunno Adam… this whole tubing thing – watching your video I suddenly had a secret wish for alien monster alligators or Mad Max freaks popping out the water or jungle. Nothing personal of course.- watching your video I suddenly had a secret wish for alien monster alligators or Mad Max freaks popping out the water or jungle. Nothing personal of course.

  4. Britany Robinson says:

    Vang Vieng is definitely one of those guilty pleasure stops that you want to be too good for (and some people are of course) but I totally wasn’t. I loved every second of it. Did you by any chance try a “crazy shake”?:)

    • Adam says:

      Yeah, Vang Vieng is definitely a guilty pleasure. But it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

      And I’ll say this, I did have one of those typical bad-backpacker nights in VV—probably not the wisest decision I’ve made but a good story nonetheless.

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