With the party scene winding down, Vang Vieng is hopefully entering an era of more positive and sustainable tourism, which is something the town and its residents deserve. Tom, who clearly cares about the area and the local people, is doing his part to let visitors see the real Vang Vieng. If you get outside the town, with its strip of bars and tourist restaurants, you will see some of the most beautiful scenery in Laos - majestic mountains, rice fields, country roads and small villages. And the best way to get there is on one of Tom's well-maintained dirt bikes, with him as a guide.
If you have motorbike experience, great. If not, don't worry - Tom is a patient and experienced instructor who will have you riding confidently in no time. The quiet back roads outside Vang Vieng are a surprisingly good place to learn - there's hardly anyone else on the road. Learning a new skill is the most satisfying thing you can bring back from a vacation.
Tom's a perfect guide, too - he knows his way around the area like a local, and he'll show you places you'd never find on your own. So if you're in Vang Vieng, give him a call or stop by his shop right over the bridge - you won't regret it.
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