Vang Vieng Cave and Kayak Explorer
See the best of Vang Vieng by exploring caves and kayaking on the river
Experience Vang Vieng’s famous river and explore it in a kayak. Paddle past limestone mountains and through small rapids, seeing the best of the Nam Song
Explore ancient limestone caves to discover stunning formations and learn about the important role these caves have played in the history of the area
This one day tour combines the best activities that Vang Vieng can offer: kayaking on the Nam Song River surrounded by rugged karsts and beautiful rural scenery as well as discovering the secrets of the limestone caves
What Will You Do
We depart from Vang Vieng to the start of the kayaking. After some paddling instructions and a safety briefing we set off down the beautiful Nam Song River. We will paddle down a few small sets of rapids along the way to our first stop at Tham Xang, the Elephant Cave. We will walk up to the massive theater like cave while learning about the local history of the area!
After emerging from the cave a short kayak will lead us to a picnic spot on the riverside where we will enjoy a picnic lunch. After lunch we shall continue down the river until the next stop at the Organic Farm where mulberry tea and a variety of different fruit wines are produced.
Continuing on down stream we arrive at Tham None Cave which is one of the largest caves in Vang Vieng! It served as a bomb shelter for local villagers during the Second Indochina War. Today it is home to a group of bats and the ‘Magic Stone of Vang Vieng’. Our guides will explain how the magic stone works and the history of the cave. The final leg of the journey is a gentle paddle downstream to Vang Vieng where we will arrive in time to catch the sunset.
Approximately: 15 min. transfer, 4.5 h. (wet season) 3.5 h. (dry season) kayaking, 1.5 h. caving/walking, 1 h. lunch stop.
What to expect:
Expect a full day of kayaking. The river is mostly gentle with some small, manageable rapids. You do not need previous kayaking experience for this tour but you need to be able to swim 20m unassisted. In dry season (October – April) the river level is much lower and requires starting at a different point on the river. Dry season trips do not include visiting Tham Xang, but we visit Nam Them.
|Departure||Roughly at 9 am from Green discovery office/ your hotel|
|Return||Roughly at 5 pm to Green discovery office/ your hotel|
|What to bring||Hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes that can get wet, refillable water bottle, insect repellent, torch|
|What is included||English speaking guide, lunch, drinking water, transport, government taxes, all entrance fees|
Help us to become 100% single use plastic free company!
We try to avoid plastic as much as possible, that is why we encourage you to bring your own refillable bottle.
We have water refillable station at our office where you can fill up your bottle. If you don’t have one we sell the 0,75 L Green Discovery aluminium bottles at our sales office. At the moment we will still need to use plastic bottles in some of our tours but we hope to reduce it as much as possible. Together with The Green Discovery Sustainability Fund we are working on installing water filters in all the villages we are visiting and we hope in the future we will not need to use plastic bottles anymore.