Tubing in Vang Vieng!

Our crazy road trip around Thailand and Laos on a tricycle (saleng).
  • Saleng expedition #44
  • Vang Vieng
  • 0 km / 0 miles

Vang Vieng is famous for the hedonistic backpackers vibe and beautiful mountain scenery along the Nam Song river!

As soon as we hit town, water sport activities were offered on every corner. Kayaking and tubing are most promoted. After reading the sign we saw lots of people in bikini's/bathing suits walking with tubes on the street.

The TV series 'Friends' and 'Family Guy' are shown in many bars and restaurants with relaxed seatings and people dropped death on the sofas.

Tubing in Vang Vieng in January 2016. The tubing party with booze and party drugs is what Vang Vieng is probably most known for. Well, let's say that party seems over. The government closed most of the bars along the tubing/kayak part of the Nam Song river due to many dead tourists. Only four bars should be open along the 2 hours tubing ride. No more slides and rope swings, but enough tourists in town to make it a great experience! Let's give it a go!

Tubing organization: Sign, pay, get a number and a drop off - just go with the flow!

First bar: River bar! Loud music, people dancing and having fun! But, how to get there? The people on the shore where trowing a bottle with a rope towards you to pull yourself to shore through the current. I didn't want to stay for too long to see the rest of the bars! I was too exited! Bad idea!

Second bar: Fluid bar! The last bar? Is that a trick? Loud music again, people playing with a water hose and playing beer pong but only about 20 people, around 3 PM. Not as expected!

Ok, so no more bars?! Bring your own and float! But, no current anymore either... That's not so much fun! First tuktuk back (10.000 KIP / 1 Euro each)! But, we got the deposit back at 5PM!

With only two more weeks on our Laos visa (actually the saleng!), we have to keep moving South! We're going to hit the 4000 KM while driving to Vientiane, time to get the bike fixed one more time!

New shock absorbers, lowered the side car, changed the oil and they soldered the flags with a shock absorber! The soldering iron is used a lot in the whole process! Let's see if the saleng doesn't pull to the right anymore and the steering wheel doesn't shake the whole time...

Some more information about Vieng Vang itself.

Down town there's a lot of construction going on (dusty!). Many sandwich, pancake, burgers and fruit shakes stalls gather in the streets, all with about the same signs.

We stayed at Mountain View Riverside Boutique Hotel with an amazing view! Check the warning signs!

Accommodation recommendation: Mountain View Riverside Boutique Hotel, Vang Vieng
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Vang Vieng in Laos.

To be continued, stay tuned!



  • 3903 km / 2425 miles done total
  • 2097 km / 1303 miles to go
  • 60 days done
  • 32 days to go
  • 30 provinces crossed
  • 15 provinces to go

Provinces:
Phuket - Phang Nga - Ranong - Chumphon - Prachuap Khiri Khan - Phetchaburi - Ratchaburi - Kanchanaburi - Suphanburi - Ayutthaya - Lopburi - Singburi - Chainat - Uthai Thani - Nakhon Sawan - Phichit - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Uttaradit - Phrae - Lampang - Lamphun - Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son - Chiang Rai - Bokeo - Luang Namtha - Udomxai - Luang Prabang - Vientiane (khwaeng) - Vientiane (prefecture) - Kamphaeng Nakhon Wieng Chan - Bolikhamsai - Khammuan - Nakhon Phanom - Mukdahan - Kalasin - Roi Et - Maha Sarakham - Buriram - Nakhon Ratchasima - Nakhon Nayok - Pathum Thani - Nonthaburi - Bangkok

Saleng expedition, intro
Phuket Town to Laem Phrao, and we're off! (Saleng 1)
Laem Phrao to Khao Lak, the Dutch bobsled team! (Saleng 2)
Khao Lak to Praphat, thumbs up! (Saleng 3)
Praphat to Ko Phayam, saleng on board! (Saleng 4)
Ko Phayam, time to relax! (Saleng 5)
Ko Phayam to Ranong, hot springs & Loy Krathong! (Saleng 6)
Ranong to Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon), coast to coast! (Saleng 7)
Thung Wua Laen (Chumphon) to Bang Boet Bay, scenic route! (Saleng 8)
Bang Boet Bay to Thap Sakae, we have a problem! (Saleng 9)
Thap Sakae to Prachuap Khiri Khan, aircrafts crossing! (Saleng 10)
Prachuap Khiri Khan to Hua Hin, snakes and dead end roads! (Saleng 11)
Hua Hin, we need business cards! (Saleng 12)
Hua Hin to Petchaburi, visiting a tropical vine yard! (Saleng 13)
Petchaburi, amazing cave temple and aggressive monkeys! (Saleng 14)
Petchaburi to Kanchanaburi, discovering the walking directions of Google Maps! (Saleng 15)
Kanchanaburi, King's Day & Light & Sound Festival 2015 (Bridge over the river Kwae)! (Saleng 16)
Kanchanaburi, Bridge Over The River Kwae! (Saleng 17)
Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya, being the attraction and escort service! (Saleng 18)
Ayutthaya, writing Thai and some cultural differences! (Saleng 19)
Ayutthaya, ruins, strange tuk-tuks and Christmas time! (Saleng 20)
Ayutthaya to Lopburi, going Dutch! (Saleng 21)
Lopburi, bikers in monkey town! (Saleng 22)
Lopburi to Pho Prathap Chang, why didn't we get a car? (Saleng 23)
Pho Prathap Chang to Sukhothai, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Birthday! (Saleng 24)
Sukhothai, saleng at UNESCO World Heritage site! (Saleng 25)
Sukhothai to Phrae, we're not the slowest! (Saleng 26)
Phrae, think big! (Saleng 27)
Phrae to Lampang, 2000 km done! (Saleng 28)
Lampang, ladies not allowed! (Saleng 29)
Lampang to San Kamphaeng, visiting an elephant hospital! (Saleng 30)
San Kamphaeng to Chiang Mai, we made it before Christmas! (Saleng 31)
Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, Christmas time in the tropics! (Saleng 32)
Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son loop with saleng! (Saleng 33)
Muay Thai in Chiang Mai! (Saleng 34)
Countdown party 2016 in Chiang Rai! (Saleng 35)
Saleng to Mae Salong, the little engine that could! (Saleng 36)
Mae Salong to Chiang Khong, opium at the Golden Triangle! (Saleng 37)
Border crossing with saleng, we're in Laos! (Saleng 38)
Luang Namtha outdoor adventures! (Saleng 39)
It's too cold in the tropics! (Saleng 40)
Off the beaten track! (Saleng 41)
Relaxing in Luang Prabang! (Saleng 42)
Peak performance: Saleng at 1900 meters /6233 feet! (Saleng 43)
Tubing in Vang Vieng! (44)
Eating dust while reaching 4000 KM / 2485 miles! (Saleng 45)
Fixing the bike, one more time! (Saleng 46)
Reaching base camp, Thakhek loop with extreme cold weather! (Saleng 47)
Konglor Cave, underground river adventure! (Saleng 48)
Finishing the Thakhek Loop with the saleng! (Saleng 49)
Relaxing in Thakhek! (Saleng 50)
Border crossing with an unidentified object! (Saleng 51)
Farang in Isaan! (Saleng 52)
Reaching 5000 KM / 3107 miles around Roi Et! (Saleng 53)
Tree hugging and Khmer temples in Phimai! (Saleng 54)
Tasting new latitude wines in Khao Yai! (Saleng 55)
Cruising through Khao Yai National Park with the saleng! (Saleng 56)
We made it to Bangkok! The final chapter! (Saleng 57)
SOLD the saleng! (Saleng 58)






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