The small picturesque town of Vang Vieng is located about 150 km north Vientiane by a river called Nam Song, off route 13 between the ‘new’ capital of Vientiane and the old royal capital of Luang Prabang. Backpackers started showing up since 1990 and the village quickly became a hot spot due to its strategic location, majestic limestone mountains, lush greenery, undiscovered caves, cascading waterfalls, and secret lagoons.

Highway 13 North to Vang Vieng, time for us for a stretch.

There are many ways to get to Vang Vieng from Vientiane, I Took an early morning Express air-con bus (departs 10:30, 13:30, takes 4 hours, costs 60,000 kips/US$ 7.50) loaded with tourist from all over the world.
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Getting Around:

It’s a small town so, everything within the town is easily walkable distance, but at night you need to watch out the sidewalk for holes and uneven surface.

This guy is reserved for a fight later in the afternoon.

Guesthouses and travel agencies rent out bicycles for 10,000 kips. but a mountain bike is recommended with an extra money. Renting a motorbike is convenient if you are planning to visit out of town attractions and worth to spend 70,000 kips and up for a day.

There are a variety of well-developed tourism services in Vang Vieng and a wide range of day trip and activities offered by them, this is convenient for those who are there for a very short trip.

I am heading for a day trip from here. Kayaking, tubing, and hiking among many other activities in the itinerary.

What attracted me visiting Vang Vieng:

Water sports such as kayaking, tubing and the popular and rock climbing, including few peaceful places like 16th and 17th-century monasteries and the small Hmong villages was in my mind to visit this unknown destination. As an amateur travel photographer Vang Vieng was a picture perfect dreamlike place to visit for it’s landscape of extraordinary limestone mountain peaks and scenic cliffs, the beautiful Nam Song River flowing through the town, the huge green paddy fields, bird watching in Nong Nok reservoir, Buddha images and sculptures inside the dark caves and so on. 

Kayak is needed to cross this river to visit a cave where we will be doing tubing.

Unlike many other tourists definitely, I was not there to get wild in the evening violating local customs, parting all night long, get drunk and do drugs. I was so ashamed of their acts but I did enjoy every Jim Morrison’s (Doors) songs played in a pub next door despite it kept me awake all night long in my hotel room.

I am going to miss the vivid sunsets, the beautiful limestone picks sticking out through the foggy clouds, the beautiful blue lagoons and the mind-blowing scene of paddy fields that stole my mind for the few days I spent in Vang Vieng.

Such a remote and peaceful environment.

Where I Stayed in Vang Vieng:

Malany Villa 1, B. Savang, Vang Vieng, Laos

My Opinion and Tips

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Hasan Mahmud

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