With its dramatic scenery, Vang Vieng will never disappoint. As the glowing red sun disappears behind the jagged mountains you will feel eternally grateful that you made the long journey to Laos. If you’ve ever been to Vietnam, the mountains here reminded us of Ninh Bin and Ha Long Bay.
Things To Do:
Water sports are a huge part of Vang Vieng life, from blue lagoons, underground tubing to river kayaking, a full day trip starts from 130,000 per person including hotel pick up and lunch as well as all activities listed.
Bike hire is really cheap here, we spotted it as cheap as 10,000 per day. The roads are fairly flat and cycling is the easiest way to get around if you don’t like the idea of renting a motorbike.
There are numerous night markets around town, one large market in the bus station car park and two smaller walking streets nearby. The street food looked OK, but nothing to tempt us away from the delicious cafes close to our hotel.
Where To Eat:
For good quality local food try Luangxaikham Restaurant. The local curries are around 23,000 and absolutely delicious, we could have worked our way through the full menu.
The best way to get to Vang Vieng is by bus, from Luang Prabang a mini bus takes around 5 hours and costs between 105,000 to 120,000 depending on where you book. A large coach takes 4 hours from Vientiane a costs 50,000.
Where To Stay:
We stayed at the Vang Vieng Boutique Hotel, it was clean and had a great breakfast. We paid £18 per night through hotels.com. The town is so small that you can stay pretty much anywhere and never be far from everything else.