Blessed with tall, majestic mountains, clear rivers, and glorious caves, Vang Vieng is a small town located north of Vientaine. Possessing a scenic view, it is the ideal vacation spot to unwind. Apart from the gorgeous landscape, the town offers many adventurous and thrilling activities to partake in. Despite its former reputation as a party town for young western travellers, the town is now an ecotourism hot spot thanks to its incredible jungles, mountains and rivers.
Top Tours in Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng Cycling Loop
Discover the Vang Vieng loop on a mountain bike, exploring caves, viewpoints and the best blue lagoon
Vang Vieng Cave and Kayak Explorer
See the best of Vang Vieng by exploring caves and kayaking on the river
Discover Vang Vieng
Discover the best of Vang Vieng with this full day adventure. Explore caves, discover local villages and kayak the Nam Song River
Trekking, kayaking, rock-climbing, and more, an area that is meant for adventure and relaxation. Surrounded by nature, head over here for a wellness retreat or a getaway. Explore the unknown and learn about the way of life of the people as well as fun facts about the town, its people, and its animals.
What to do in Vang Vieng
Journey along Vang Vieng’s Famous Caves
There are several popular caves to visit while in Vang Vieng, such as the Buddha Cave, Tham Chang, and Tham Nam. These caves may be filled with stalactites or with statues of Buddha, either way, one can say that they are caves that would leave a lasting impression. There are caving and kayaking tours that enables you to explore the cave and be amazed by its grandiose.
If you are looking for some water sports to do, kayaking is definitely…
something to look forward to in Vang Vieng as routes would take you pass countless of limestone mountains, jungles, and scenes of the local’s everyday life when some goes fishing. Those who are searching for thrill can take on whitewater kayaking with exciting rapids.
An avid cycler or someone who simply wants to explore the surroundings?
Take on the Vang Vieng Loop. Check out caves with hidden corridors filled with endless array of stalagmites and stalactites, dip in the Blue Lagoon and look out from high viewpoints. The destinations are countless, so personalize yours today!
It goes without saying that this certainly is a destination you should not miss out on when in Vang Vieng.
as well as differing ancient domestic architectures. With some distance between the temples, a little research would be necessary to know which you would like to visit on site. You should definitely not miss one of the most sacred temples in the area, Wat Xieng Thong.
The jungles in Vang Vieng would be a paradise for those who enjoy trekking …
through jungles and challenging themselves. Trek past cascading waterfalls, cliffs, and much more whilst enjoying the slight breeze of being up in the mountains and the stunning view from up in the mountains.
Head up on a hot air balloon as you take in the panoramic view of Vang Vieng at a greater height. The perfect activity for those who want to appreciate nature’s beauty in a serene ambience, the hot air balloon in Vang Vieng should not be missed.
With numerous limestone karst mountains surrounding Vang Vieng, rock climbers would definitely be satisfied with the rock-climbing scene here. Take one many different routes of various levels as you climb your way to the top and enjoy the bird eye view from there.
Tubing has always been in demand in Vang Vieng for young backpackers. Cruising down the river on a rubber ring with a bottle of beer in your hands and stopping by the riverside bars is always a fun option when in Vang Vieng. However, be careful if you do it and make sure you are always conscious when in the water! (And be also conscious on what you throw to the river).
If you want to capture gorgeous and memorable photos, do head out to some of the viewpoints in Vang Vieng. Overlooking the city, these viewpoints will give you the best backdrop you would need for your photo. One of the recommended viewpoints would be Nam Xay Viewpoint, which features a motorbike as a prop.
Vang Vieng by night
Vang Vieng’s sunset is one of the top things to enjoy.
There are a few riverside bars and hotels such as Inthira Vang Vieng, where you can grab a drink during and simply take a seat on the patio as you look on to the horizon. A time to unwind from the days happenings and relax your mind, body, and soul.
Looking to buy souvenirs and clothes? The Vang Vieng Night Market would be the spot for that!
Besides selling some handicrafts and clothes at great deals, they also offer a wide variety of local dishes that would leave you with a full and satisfied tummy.
The bars and clubs in Vang Vieng will satisfy the party animal in you.
Besides the famous Sakura Bar, there are a number of others where you can let loose and dance to your heart’s content to the DJ’s spinning.
When to go to Vang Vieng
There are two distinct seasons in Laos, which is the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season is from May to October, where you can partake in some activities that are especially amazing for this season. For example, you can kayak along the rivers and enjoy the sight of lush green farmlands and fields. However, if you are looking to visit tourist spots like the blue lagoon, this may not be the best period to go.
During the dry season, you can experience winter in Laos from November to February, and summer from March to April. It may drop to approximately 15 degrees during winter and can go up to the 30s in the summer, so make sure to prepare well for these temperatures.
The weather today in Vang Vieng
How to get around Vang Vieng
In the city
Out of the city
What to eat in Vang Vieng
Some ways to get to Vang Vieng
*price range is according to price for one-way
*disclaimer: the prices are approximate
Shared bus/van from Vientiane
3-5 hour drive
Shared bus/van from Luang Prabang
5-6 hour drive
Bus from Phonesavanh
6-7 hour drive
What bring to Vang Vieng
It is ideal to use USD as the currency to conduct your currency exchange here. Some of the recommended money changers would be -.
If you feel uncomfortable or have fallen sick in Vientiane, you can head over to the French Clinic and Allianz Clinic Vientiane, where there are English speaking doctors working.