Kate and I arrived in Vang Vieng with our new friend Dave a week ago, not knowing much about it except for the random things we had heard about tubing down the river. After some information from some people we randomly met on the street we found out that people don't really even tube. They just go to the river and stay at the first 3 bars. So the next day Kate, Dave and I went to the river to go drink and see what "tubing" was all about. We had a blast! They had huge rope swings everywhere. We were a little put off by them at first since we heard some were a little dangerous. However, after seeing 15 or so people go off them successfully we tried them out and they were ridiculously fun! We spent the whole day getting free shots, playing beer pong, meeting new people, trying to play beech volleyball but failing miserably and getting our bodies graffitied with spray paint. We only made it to the second bar before Kate literally had to carry Dave and I back to the guesthouse with the help of a random Irish guy. Kate put dave and I to bed at 6 pm that night.
The next day the rest of our crew came and of course we had to go tubing that day as well. We ended up making it all the way to the third bar and it was not quite as sloppy as the day before.
The next day I woke up with a swollen purple eye with no idea what it was from. I decided to take a day off the river and just chill. There were restaurants all over town with lounge areas and Tvs that played family guy and friends all day so that's what Dave and I did all day while the others went to the river yet again.
When Kate came back later that day we took a trip to the hospital because my eye was getting worse. We walked in to the sketchiest hospital I have ever been to. It looked like something straight out of a horror film. After the doctor examined me he diagnosed it as "red eye" and gave me some antibiotics and eye drops. That cost me a whopping 12 dollars.
The next day we went to the blue lagoon outside of town where we explored caves and swam. It was a good break from the tubing and drinking. The next day we got up early and made it our goal to make it all re way down the river. This turned out to be one of my favorite days of the whole trip. We made it to like the 8th bar where we met up with some Australian people. This bar had mud volleyball and mud pit tug of war. So with our new friends we played the best game of mud volleyball, had a mud war, played mud slip and slide then had a couple games of tug of war. Even though that day was alot of fun we still had not made it to the end of the river on our tubes so we decided we would spend one more day in vv to attempt the whole river.
This attempt took us to about the ninth bar where they had this crazy white slide that dave really wanted to try. While there we also met up with some guys from Calgary who we had met at our guest house the night before. They all tried the crazy slide and we were about to leave so the guys all wanted to get one last slide in. One of the guys Sean that we met at our guest house tried to do the slide on his stomach but he kneed himself in the face, so when he got out of the water his face was covered in blood. The workers all ran over to help him and Kate being the super nanny that she is jumped in to bandage him up. She ended up going to the hospital (yes the same sketchy hospital) with him and his friends and watched him get 6 stitches below his eye. Since I don't like blood and still had a mission to complete I stayed on the river to complete our goal. We ended up making it really far, however the day caught up with us and it was dark by the time we made it to about the 20th bar with 2 hours still left of tubing on the river. We decided to throw in the towel and get a tuk tuk home. We left vang vieng the next day and are now going to take a little break from partying in the french colonial town and capital city on Laos, Vientiane.