I feel obligated to describe what Vang Vieng is like. Its a small town next to a river in a valley surrounded by limestone jungle covered hills. Vang Vieng has no inherent local trade, no natural resource and no attractions. It exists solely for tourists. By day you can float down the river on a tyre inner tube and by night you can watch a film/Friends/Family Guy whilst eating a burger. Its reason for existing is circular.