VING VIETNAM

by Massimo Moriconi on December 04, 2018
Vang Vieng is located in central Laos about 4km from the sleepy capital Ventiane.
Once a quiet rural village, it has the 'misfortune' of being set within splendid limestone mountains, carved out of caves, surrounded by forests and above all of being crossed by the Nam Song stream.
In the nineties Vang Vieng was one of the fixed stops and highly appreciated by backpackers from all over the world who, landing in Bkk, the Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International Airport, stayed for days along the Mekong.
Oggi è invece tristemente famoso il Vang Vieng Tubing: you can rent a rescue ring made from the inner tube of tractor wheels to float on the Nam Song, descend and move from one bar to another.
The panorama is transformed into an open-air disco, with 24-hour Techno music and coffeeshops disguised as ramshackle bars with alcohol at ridiculous prices, and the small paradise of Vang Vieng no longer exists, today known by the sad name of Partytown.
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