Photo: Kayaking in Vang Vieng.

Things to see and do


Tubing in Vang Vieng is still great for those seeking to have fun with friends, drink a few beers and experience some amazing scenery. But the serious party on the river is over. “Tubing” was once a synonym for backpacker debauchery: the Nam Song river was lined with illegal bars brazenly selling bucket drinks and drugs. At its peak, more than 400 people a day would tube down the river – ... Read more about Tubing .

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Blue Lagoon

It’s crowded these days, but Blue Lagoon is a great spot to relax and cool off, especially as a reward after a hot sweaty bike ride on bone jarring dirt road. ... Read more about Blue Lagoon .

The Water Cave
Ban Tham Xang (Elephant Cave village, 14 km north on Route 13), Vang Vieng

Cave, floating on an inner tube, a river and great scenery: the Water Cave seems to combine aspects from all of Vang Vieng’s main attractions into one special experience. Jump in the cool water, head to the very low mouth of a cave, grab the rope and pull yourself hand-over-hand up the underground river for 500 metres. The tunnel is narrow and very low in parts, with eerie formations on the ... Read more about The Water Cave .

Other caves around Vang Vieng

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. While the Water Cave may be the main attraction, there are plenty of other caverns worth ... Read more about Other caves around Vang Vieng .

Kayaking and boat tours

Now that Vang Vieng is attracting a different sort of traveller (the kind that aren’t interested in tubing), kayaking has exploded in popularity and trips down the river, ranging from an hour to a full day, are offered by several tour companies in town. Whatever vessel you choose, a trip on the river is a must while in Vang Vieng. ... Read more about Kayaking and boat tours .

Rock climbing

Vang Vieng’s dramatic limestone karst make it an exciting place to learn outdoor rock climbing year round. Established in 2004, Adam’s Climbing School offers half- and full-day courses that can be extended to two or three days for higher-level training, all done under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor or Mr Sangthong (aka Adam) himself, who speaks Lao, English and German. Whether you ... Read more about Rock climbing .

Pha Poak

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 ... Read more about Pha Poak .

Kaeng Nyui Waterfall
6 kilometres northeast of town, Vang Vieng

It’s a challenging bike ride (or come by songthaews, lazypants) to Kaeng Nyui Waterfall on a hot day, with lots of rocks and hardly any shade along the route. But at the end you’re greeted with three cascades, including Kaeng Nyui itself with a 34-metre drop, and a pleasant swimming hole at the base of Kenlon falls. All of this is almost bone dry in dry season and not worth the trip during ... Read more about Kaeng Nyui Waterfall .

Cycling and motorbiking around Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng town itself can be an eyesore but it only takes 10 minutes on a bicycle to get out and find yourself surrounded by rice paddies, karsts and people planting rice by hand. In Vang Vieng, the line between the have and have nots is clear, with many living a rural way of life in very basic conditions. The town continues to prosper from tourism yet roads remain ... Read more about Cycling and motorbiking around Vang Vieng .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Vang Vieng? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Laos.

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