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“Fun activity but watch out for the hidden costs”
Review of River Tubing

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Reviewed January 24, 2014

This really fun trip was relaxing and enjoyable - it was only let down by the curfews and charges towards the end of the day.

We left town at around 1.30pm and although a lot of the bars have now been closed down for safety reasons (there are four, the second is the best in our opinion) it still takes a while to get down the river after the last bar, probably about two hours.

The later you leave it you risk not getting the rented tubes back to the shop by 6pm, and then they take 20,000 kip of your deposit for returns between 6pm and 8pm, or all of your deposit for returns after 8pm.

We had a tuk tuk driver stood on the side of the river at around 5:45pm, offering to drive a group of us back for 10,000 kip and w figured its either lose 10,000k o him or 20,000 kip o the rental place, so went for it. However, once the tuk tuk was full and he had all our tubes on the roof, he proceeded to snack on some crackers and refuse to leave until we paid him up front. We all refused except one girl, and eventually he gave in and drove us back to rental space with only seconds to spare on our 6pm curfew.

The shop returned our deposits minus the 10,000 kip for th driver, so they'r obviously in cahoots to double up on his money! the one girl was asking or her money back and he was playing dumb until we all supported her, and the he just gave her extr money bck nd laughed!

Quite a cheek and a bit disappointing but hat does seem to be how things go in Laos unfortunately.

2  Thank Elly E
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Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

Tubing is awesome. I went in March 2012 and it has been rumoured to have changed a lot since. The locals and the travellers were all really friendly and sociable. The views along the river are pretty amazing and admire them before you get too drunk. The night life was good and everyone headed to 3 main bars in the town. It's worth renting a moped and riding round the town as well and seeing some of the town instead of spending your time in a drunken haze. Laos is incredibly cheap so don't expect to spend much. 3-5 days maximum before you want to leave. Mainly to save your liver.

Thank Davebrannen8
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

If you want to get really drunk on very over priced cheap booze, and join a load of sun burnt obnoxious tourist offend locals by running round the streets in bikinis etc then this is for you.... Vang Vieng is trying to change its reputation of being a drinking destination, and has closed down most of its 'party bars', all but 3 on the tubing river, but unfortunately not everyone has got the message, and many young tourists are turning up expecting the next Ibiza and discovering they're several years too late. The river is unfortunately quite polluted with bottle etc dropped by these ignorant tourists, I was embarrassed to be included as one of the people who went tubing.

7  Thank traveller1112013
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Reviewed December 17, 2013 via mobile

Do this early to get the best of the hot sun. We left the last bar around 3.30 and it was pretty cold. Bars are fun. Not crowded. Probably the time of year.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery

Thank martynsnook
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Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

The staff are rude when you purchase the tube, but what can you do. You float down a river and get to drink at bars before floating to the next.... We got there late, at 4pm but it didn't matter. The second bar was fun and there were quite a few people there, but no where near as many as there once was. The toilets are disgusting but what do you expect. The last bar is the best with a volley ball court set up its a great way to make new friends. All in all, a fun afternoon with beautiful scenery!

Thank livschweik
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