Tubing, (There is an office in downtown Vang Vieng that now monopolizes all tube rentals. They will rent you the tube and organize transportation up the river a few miles.).
From around midday to 14:00 is reasonable to go because earlier everyone else would be still asleep. What was probably once a lovely experience has been more or less tainted by hordes of drugged out young foreigners with infected mosquito bites desperately consuming whatever alcohol or drugs can be found. Nowadays there are five bars all congregated at the very beginning of the river and no more swings or slides seem to be up. Some dry bags may not be of the best quality & so cameras can get ruined.
To get the deposit back tubes have to be returned by 18:00, but be warned that the place will keep 20,000 kip if you arrive past 6pm. Also DO NOT hand over your tube or ticket without receiving your deposit as the place will take everyone's tickets at once, cash out a few people, and then claim they've "already" given you your money. Generally untrustworthy people all around, probably better just to go down river with your own flotation device you can buy in a nearby shop. Best not to deal with the tuktuk drivers near the last bar if you can help it, either. In winter temperatures fall from 16:00, so start back early. Ride at least one rapid before starting the party to avoid disturbing guests visiting the Organic Farm.
You can look at the magnificent view of the mountains rising directly beside the river, but the party scene has taken over and the owners use large loudspeakers, effectively blocking out any singing of birds. Beware of tubes getting stolen while stopping at bars. Tubes get stacked up at each bar so keep an eye on how many are left, especially at the first few bars where lots of people arrive without their own tube.
If you're not used to drinking strong alcohol: stick with beer, and for reasons of safety & common sense consider avoiding alcohol if entering the water. The amount of alcohol in buckets can be high, and the effect can kick in suddenly; you won't be the first one to be too drunk to make your way back on the river or to die on the way. During rainy season there is more water in the river and eye infections are common. Also, when you get back to town, please respect the local culture and wear more clothing than your swimming suit or bikinis only. 55000 kip for the Tube + 60,000 kip deposit.
Lama jugak aku melangut kat situ. Sampai ada dua tiga lori datang bawak orang tubing kat sini.
Api dah menjadi bara
Bara menjadi debu
Mawar indah nan setangkai
Layu dan berguguran
Begitulah ibarat cinta
Madu tak sempatku rasa manisnya
Terpaksa ku telan jua
Aku bagaikan tawanan
Di dalam perang rindu
Asyik berganti derita
Cinta tak kesudahan
Menambah luka di hatiku
Senyumanmu di samping orang ketiga
Menusuk di hatiku
Hati ku sakit tak tertahan lagi
Cinta murni nan sejati
Yang akan kubawa
Hati sarat luka seribu rindu
Dia yang menanti
Tapi kepadanya kau pergi