Metamorphosis of Vang Vieng

By Mark Andrews

Vacations & Travel Magazine July-September 2018

A former Laos party town, Vang Vieng goes back to its roots.

Darkness falls quickly this close to the equator. For about half an hour, silence comes to the Laotian jungle as the creatures of day and night change shifts. Soon the trail is near pitch black and I hit the knot of a tree making me dismount my mountain bike; the enveloped path now too treacherous an undertaking. Closing in are the sounds of the night starting with the cicadas but soon joined by other insects and untold beasties. Just minutes earlier we had been happily cycling through fields set amid the karst hills with the odd water buffalo for company.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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