River tubing in Vang Vieng

River Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos

I am stuck on Laos. It’s quite possibly one of the nicest countries I’ve ever been to. The people are friendly and hospitable. The scenery is untouched and unspoiled. The never-ending range of activities will keep you occupied for weeks. We’re both itching to go back to this captivating country.

We have been told by several travelers on every trip we’ve embarked on over the past two years that Vang Vieng is a MUST if you are traveling to Laos.  Naturally, I was captivated by the idea of spending my time in this small riverside village, where, I was told, there would be a barrage of daily eco-friendly tours and activities all waiting for me.

And it was everything we thought it would be.  We went caving and hiking.  We rented motorbikes and hunted for fresh water pools to swim in.  We indulged in mouth-watering dishes and sucked back giant bottles of BeerLao, but the absolute best part, and I’m sure any traveler will agree, is river tubing in Vang Vieng.

Seven dollars can take you a long way for the day in Laos.  We rented our inner tubes in town and were taken to the mouth of a swift moving river several kilometers outside of town.  The fast moving currents swept us downstream and once we rounded our first bend, we were in heaven.

It took us six hours to make our way down river.  We couldn’t help stopping at all the mini-bars set up on the riverbanks.  Each bar had zip-lines, trapeze bars and swings that released far out over the river.  We stopped at each one.  We swam, had a dunk and washed it all away with beers.  By the time we arrived back in town, we were tired, but deliriously happy.  So happy in fact, we did the same thing three days in a row.

John and Vicky hamming for the camera.

Traveling is what you make it.  We spent six weeks on the road in Asia.  Some of that time was really harsh and some of it was a blast. I think every traveler needs a mix of good and bad experiences to really make a journey worthwhile.  Cambodia was completely off the rails.  Vietnam was an intriguing mix of old and new worlds colliding.  Loas was relaxed, upbeat and completely out of this world.  Asia is a diverse, wonderfully challenging and completely captivating experience.  Don’t miss it.

The Globetrotters

A special thanks to good friends and fellow world travelers, Gem and Ben from Bournemouth, England.  We make it a policy to take as much as advice from our traveling friends as possible and we haven’t been steered wrong yet.  This post belongs to you!

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Taiwan since 2006. I'm a bit of a jack of all trades! I love art, gardening, flower arranging, reading (that's an understatement if you've seen my GoodReads profile), and snuggling with my cats. Animal videos make me cry. I hate cooking. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my garden bloom! Learning about new cultures and exploring the world has been my thing since I started traveling at age 19. A self-professed autodidact, I can speak comfortably on many different subjects and hold a special place in my heart for science, technology, law, health and medicine, and history. You can find me nerding out at home most of the time due to being chronically ill and housebound. If I'm not engaged in one of the activities listed above, I'm probably building websites. Check my About page under Carrie Kellenberger to learn why I'm taking you on this journey with me through My Several Worlds. I can't wait to get to know you better!

One Comment

  • jorees

    This is a great post that I really enjoyed reading. Tubing sounds like so much fun. You and John must of had the time of your lives. I love the photo of you two. You both look so relaxed and happy.

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