Have been in Vang Vieng since the 27th. It's certainly different to anywhere else in Laos with stunning scenery, huge mountains, cave systems and of course the chance to go tubing down the river. We spent yesterday on a trip that took us to some of the caves, tubing (floating on a huge inner tube) inside some of the caves and then an afternoon of kayaking on the river.
Today we did the tubing down the river. I don't think you could come to Vang Vieng without doing it! The journey down the river is quite slow and sedate but the bars you stop off at along the way range from a laid back place to have a drink to a full on party. As you float past, the bars compete for your custom and throw you a rope to pull you in. Some of the bars have ropes and swings out over the river and its good fun watching others have a go while you pluck up the courage to join in. One of the bars has a huge slide and the long drop into the water felt like it lasted for ever but it had to be done!