News.com.au have an article about the impact of tourism on Laos, and in particular Vang Vieng.
Doesn’t seem like there’s much news to me there. It was the same 3 years ago when I first went to Laos.
I like Vang Vieng a lot. It’s scenery is really nice. There are a lot of “Falang” idiots, but they tend to congregate together. If you just head away from the “tubing” river it can be quite scenic and quiet. In my personal experiences I haven’t seen anyone too badly behaved. It’s definitely a place worth checking out. Hey, even the “tubing” is pretty fun. It’s pretty amusing to see people axe themselves on the giant swings.