Tubing down the river...brilliant!
04.03.2008 - 24.03.2008 30 °C
After a 2 day agonizing slow boat down the Mekhong River, we arrived in Luang Prabang. The main reason for this trip to beautiful Laos, above Northern Thailand is to do the tubing down the river. I got so much more out of the trip to Laos than I thought possible, it was so peaceful and the people were so kind and unassuming. Once we made it to Vang Vieng, we got our tubes for $5.00 and hopped in the back of a truck that lead us to the rivers edge. Within two minutes of being in the water, there were bamboo sticks on ropes being thrown out to us so we could hang on and catch a ride to the river side bars. We drank a bucket of gin and tonic at the first bar to get us started. We continued down the river and passed a few bars until our thirst caught up with us. We ended up staying at the next bar for a few hours, listening to heavy techno beats in the natural beauty. I got drunk and courageous enough to do the swing jump, I had to climb a tree and then hold onto something that resembled a zip trek. It was about a 20 foot drop into the cold river but in the heat, it was just what I needed. Fellow tubers cheered me on from below. After eating some food we continued down the river just stopping for a drink whenever necessary. There were points where the slow river came to nearly a stop and when you're a bit tipsy you just end up spinning around in circles and laughing at yourself. With the grand limestone cliffs in the background and the thick forest of tropical trees alongside of the best party I've ever been to this was one of those days I simply will never forget. The trip was fully worth it just for this experience.