Things to see and do
While most visitors are content to just gaze at Vang Vieng's beautiful karsts, others can't resist the temptation to scale them. The area around the town is a great place for an introduction to rock or for seasoned climbers to learn some advanced techniqu Both Green Discovery and Adam's Climbing ... read more
The stunning limestone mountains that tower over Vang Vieng are riddled with caves of all kinds. Some are large with spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations, while others are so small you can barely squeeze inside. Some are filled with water and it's possible to swim or kayak through, ... read more
One of the most popular pastimes in Vang Vieng is to hire an enormous tyre inner tube, be driven a couple of km upstream, and hop into the water. The river flows at a slow steady pace, and the idea is to relax and absorb the scenery as you float home. This 'sport' can be practised in a number of ... read more
Vang Vieng's surrounds are easy to explore on two wheels, motorised or not. With dozens of caves, swimming lagoons and villages, all easily accessible and well-signed from a decent dirt loop road, hiring your own wheels is an effective way to get around. Bicycle daily rentals start at 10,000 kip ... read more
After all of the strenuous activities that Vang Vieng has to offer, there's no better way to recharge than with a Lao massage. The aromas of camphor, lemongrass and eucalyptus aromas drift out from the massage shops dotting the main road and adjacent streets and a one-hour rub down runs about ... read more
Vang Vieng certainly isn't the most traditional town in Laos, but it still home to some beautiful Buddhist temples. On the main road through town, Wat Klang is a refuge away from the pizza joints with its beautiful murals and a collection of golden Buddha statues positioned around a Bodhi. You ... read more
Though not as fancy as the ones in Luang Prabang, Ban Lao restaurant offers a short introduction to Lao cooking. Join them at 10:00 for a visit to the fresh market to shop for ingredients, then cook and enjoy a traditional multi-course Lao lunch. Recipes vary and vegetarians can be accommodated. ... read more
If the idea of floating down the river in a tube with a bunch of half-wasted traveller's isn't your cup of tea, then there is another way to see the river. Near the entrance to Nam Song Villa, you can charter a longtail boat for a scenic ride up the river. It's a good, considerably safer ... read more
A short way north of town, the Organic Farm can be explored on your own or as part of an organised tour. Guided tours of their tea plantations, vineyard, dairy and other projects run daily at 8:00, 10:00 and 13:30 and cost 20,000 per person inclusive of refreshments. If you like what you see, you ... read more
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