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Are the bars on the river really closed?

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Are the bars on the river really closed?

News reports say that authorities have closed 7 of the bars along the river in order to clean up the town. What's the current atmosphere? Thx.

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1. Re: Are the bars on the river really closed?

Yes, some bars have been closed, thank heavens. Also all of the flying foxes have been ordered to be dismantled. It is about time.

Luang Prabang, Laos
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2. Re: Are the bars on the river really closed?

Great news to hear Rufuscat. Hearing it from this end as well that the authorities have finally realised what a disaster the place has become. One can only hope now that the remaining operators (tubing) will be required to ensure some sort of safety standards for the future.

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Great news, the local youth deserve a better future.

Now all they need is a runway and this place will take off.

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4. Re: Are the bars on the river really closed?

This will probably only mean that that one bar at the start of the tubing (Q Bar, I believe) will get all the more busy.

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5. Re: Are the bars on the river really closed?

No it probably won't mean that at all. It will mean that the authorities are taking more responsibility and trying to improve the place.

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6. Re: Are the bars on the river really closed?

So are the bars and "tubing" still operational, just minus the flying foxes, swings and slides?

Or is the entire thing closed down?

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7. Re: Are the bars on the river really closed?

Rufus, I don't see your point. It certainly does mean authorities are taking more responsibility. But how does that stop anything else? The backpackers don't care and are still there to drink. So they'll do it at the first bar on the river now.

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8. Re: Are the bars on the river really closed?

I hsve visited VV every 2-3 months for the last 6 years. I'm not a tuber but know the place and local government well.

Only the island bars are closed. The many along the river in town, and the ever growing number along the river in the tubing area 5 km north of town, are still open.

The only places that have closed for now are those that could not afford to pay the police. As always, the current govt measures are about money not safety.It happens every couple of years for appearances sake.

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9. Re: Are the bars on the river really closed?

Thank you. Well presented!

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10. Re: Are the bars on the river really closed?

Bunny 13. There have been a lot of developments since the original post. Refer to more recent postings. A further 24 bars were closed down on the river as well as skips and slides. No tubing until operators can demonstrate safe practice. It is a bit of a ghost town now. No one there!