Vang ViengTourism trend spotters need do nothing else than follow the travels of backpackers and surfers through Southeast Asia to pick the next mainstream hot spot, if that is not a contradiction in terms. Bali and Thailand are probably the two best examples. Now it’s Laos and a river town called Vang Vieng, a backpacker party magnet with a dark side. Find out more in this excellent story by Abigail Haworth.

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