Things to see and do
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. Lusi Cave is three kilometres from town and 1.8 kilometres past Pha Poak. ... read more
Kayaking tours are more popular these days than tubing due to the decline in backpacker numbers caused by the closing of the riverside bars. Tours differ depending on tour company, but a popular option is to include the kayaking tour with a tour of the Water Cave and Elephant Cave about 10 clicks ... read more
Pha Poak is a small limestone hill located to the west of town, visible from the western banks of the Nam Song thanks to a flag on top. Climbing Pha Poak is a popular activity for many who visit Vang Vieng and it's an easy walk to the base though more difficult climb to the summit. It's a ... read more
This 'sport' can be practised in a number of places in Laos, but nowhere is the view as spectacular as here, with karst limestone mountains lining the route. For many, tubing on the Nam Song is the entire reason for a stop in Vang Vieng. Up until August 2012 when the Lao Government cracked down, ... read more
The Blue Lagoon is located a seven-kilometre journey along a rough dirt road which starts from the southern edge of Vang Vieng next to the Kangaroo Bar. The bridge toll at the start of the journey is 4,000 kip per person, 6,000 kip per bicycle and 10,000 kip per motorbike. Along the road to the ... read more
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. Both Green Discovery and Adam's Climbing School offer half- and full-day ... 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
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