Down the tube

What started out as a way to relax after a hard day’s work has turned into a tourist trap in Laos, writes Larissa Ham.

The man who claims he accidentally started the tourist craze of tubing in the Laos riverside town of Vang Vieng says its popularity is now hurting the town and its culture. 

Party's over ... Thanongsi Sorangkoun is dismayed by tourist behaviour in Vang Vieng.

Thousands of tourists visit Vang Vieng each year – about four hours’ bus ride north of the capital city, Vientiane – to float on a rubber tube down the Nam Song River and to party at rickety riverside bars. 

* Published in Traveller, Fairfax Media (click here to read the full story)
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