Vang Vieng is an incredible place and one of the best tourism locations in Laos. One of the reasons for this is the incredible scenery surrounding this small town. After a big day of exploring why not enjoy the scenery in the light of the setting sun? Below we have selected our three favourite spots to watch the sunset in Vang Vieng.
Budget option: Smile Beach Bar
Right on the bank of the Nam Song River this bar is the end point for people tubing. Relax in a hammock in a bamboo sala and watch kayakers and tubers finishing their day. As it is right on the edge of the river Smile Dee also provides excellent views of the limestone karsts. At sunset these are backlit with a stunning golden glow, showing Vang Vieng at its best.
Smile Dee offers a small menu of mixed Lao and Western foods as well as large drinks menu at very reasonable prices. Smile Beach location
Upmarket option: Khop Chai Deu Restaurant at Inthira Vang Vieng
One of the more upscale accommodation restaurants in Vang Vieng, Inthira Hotel, also boasts the best infinity pool in town with great views of the karsts to the west of Vang Vieng. Watch the hot air balloons descend across the limestone mountains while the sunset reflects across the surface of the pool.
Beside the pool, Khop Chai Deu Restaurant serves a wide selection of excellent Lao and Western food as well as preparing delicious cocktails. They even have a happy hour just for sunset! Inthira Vang Vieng location.
Adventure Option: Nam Xay Viewpoint
For those looking for a more adventurous option consider the Nam Xay Viewpoint. Vang Vieng’s most famous lookout, popularised on social media, features a small sala on top of a hill offering incredible panoramic views to the west of Vang Vieng. The track to the top is somewhat challenging and requires a reasonable level of fitness. There is no bar or shop at this viewpoint so if you want a drink at the top you will need to bring your own! If you plan to stay until the sun has set make sure you bring a head torch or flashlight as the path is a bit difficult and there are no lights.
You can climb the Nam Xay Viewpoint and have a susnset drink at Inthira, as well as exploring the most Instagramable spots in Vang Vieng in one day by joining the amazing Photo Highlights of Vang Vieng Experience!