Saturday, June 24th, 2017

The Most Offensive Body Art in Vang Vieng


In Vang Vieng, everybody writes on each other with markers and sprays each other with paint. (For the record, as far as the spray paint goes, AVOID IT.  It’s CAR PAINT.  It took me three days to scrape it off my leg!)

It seems that everyone tries to outdo each other in the offensive department, trying to see who can write the worst things possible on their friends’ backs.  And some of them get surprisingly creative.


Here’s a collection of the most offensive body art in Vang Vieng:

“You are a scrotal terrorist!” I yelled at Chris one night.  “You use your scrotum to create fear!”

He loved it and asked if I could write that on him the next day.

A scrotal terrorist he was, every day in Vang Vieng.

It’s not rape if you yell SURPRISE! (Wonder if Julian Assange would agree.)

Dad…missing you & wish you were here.

Not going to lie, I laughed a little bit at that one.

Doubly offensive — the material and the misspelling.

I make Joseph Fritzl’s basement look like a weekend in Butthias.


Princess Diana crashed here.

I think we have a winner for the most offensive one.

While some of these were funny, for the most part, they were horrible.  And not funny at all. I’m not sharing the worst ones here, but some were truly awful.

Need to cleanse your mind with something more positive?

Chandler, Joey and Ross.

And a Love Nip.

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17 Responses to “The Most Offensive Body Art in Vang Vieng”
  1. Katherina says:

    haha good pictures… that’s real body art what you’ve got over there! 😉

  2. Rease says:

    Ha I adore the love nip. I wonder how much that guy regretted that spray paint heart? haha.

  3. Jessica says:

    Hey Kate!

    Interesting post – I definitely chuckled at a few of these. There’s something about offensive body art written all over my body with car paint that just doesn’t seem appealing! 😉 Did you have anything mutually offensive written on you? What was written on your leg? I could not imagine how difficult it would be to come off! I used to paint a lot in high school and it took a few days to wash off my skin – I would hate to see how hard car paint is to rub off your body! You definitely are a trooper, glad that you had a good time (as always!)! Before I forget, I am glad that you let go of the past and are finally free! Now that is something to celebrate! 😀

    Finally feeling better?


  4. Dee says:

    It is possible to avoid the body painting. A year ago a group of 6 of us got through the tubing gauntlet paint and marker free. (except for the number that gets written on your hand when you rent the tube) We didn’t have to tell someone “no” as we were never approached.

    However we also barely even saw any body ‘art’ going on. It wasn’t as busy as I expected it to be… maybe we were tubing on a slow day.

  5. Ivy says:

    God, that place sounds like a backpacker dream. Although I don’t find rape jokes funny…

  6. Anthony says:

    I remember partying and tubing there about 6 years ago. Seems things have gotten a little crazier since then. Funny and offensive collection of body art – if you can call it that

  7. I hate to be the guy to ever say, “This place is changed, I remember when…” but in all my travels, I have not seen a place so transformed (for the worse) than VV, Laos. It motivated an immediate departure.

    enjoying your blog


  8. Dave says:

    Is this a new trend, cause I’m glad I didn’t have to see it when I was there a few years ago.

    Aren’t we tourists f’ing up Vang Vieng enough as it is?

    • Vang Vieng’s long gone, but at least it doesn’t try to be something it’s not.

      • Jimmie Rustles says:

        Yeah…these kind of people are super funny. Jokes of the century.

        Vang Vien (not to mention a lot of other places) have been ruined by idiots like these who think backpacking is about reckless drinkind, shrooming, trashing places, acting arrogant, fighting and whatnot.

        But hey, if leaving your conscience back home (if you ever had one in the first place), disrespecting the locals as much as you can and giving a great impression of your nationality by effing things up while you go is something you consider “travelling” or “backpacking”….well, yeah.

        I for one have no pity whatsoever for those who get their stuff stolen, get beat up or killed due to their own stupidity just becayse #YOLO and #dowhateveryouwant.

        ZafadaDynamic says: “Sorry, but it’s ‘Stephen Hawking’, not ‘Steven Hawkins’. They should probably get an education before they try to be witty.”

        My thoughts exactly.

  9. Jo says:

    I have heard of how bad Vang Vieng is, but never thought is was THAT bad. Good of you to warn us of this as I am sure many people would be shocked if they were not prepared.

  10. KrishJS says:

    Eek, some of those comments are pretty poor in taste, however, I could see myself, a few years ago now, when I was backpacking around, probably doing something similar! 🙂

  11. Consult with your pillow. – German Proverb

  12. Sorry, but it’s ‘Stephen Hawking’, not ‘Steven Hawkins’. They should probably get an education before they try to be witty.

  13. Katy says:

    Hi Kate,
    Just a minor correction on your ‘Josef Fritzl’ graffiti interpretation – I don’t know what Butthias is, but I’m pretty sure that says Butlins! It’s a chain of cheap all-inclusive family holiday camps at ailing UK seaside resorts, v popular in the 70’s and famous for its chalet accommodation and evening entertainment including the wholesome nobbly knees contest 😉
    Probably wouldn’t recommend you add it to your travel wish list unless you find yourself stranded in Bognor Regis, but thought it might make that fella’s tasteless ramblings make a little more sense..!

    Thanks for your fab blog.

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