Imagine a place where reruns of Friends and Family Guy play 24/7. Where throngs of backpackers stoned on “happy food” and Laos whiskey float on tubes from bar to bar on the Nam Song river’s chilly current. Where limestone cliffs and bearded karsts spill from burnt soil. Imagine Vang Vieng, a sleepy town in central Laos and a backpacker refuge from sobriety.
Despite the city’s thumping revelry, quietude surrounds. Wake up early or trek a bit off the beaten path for the beauty of central Laos and this dusty city.