There are many great places to visit in the country of Laos, and Vang Vieng is another great example of this. This beautiful city, first settled in 1353, has long been a staging area between two of Laos’ most important cities. While not having the same cultural influences from many of the neighboring nations in the area, it did fall under French colonial rule in the 1890s, and this is seen in many of the building structures that are there. There was also a large US Air Force base there in the late 1960s and early 1970s leaving America stamp on the country as well.
A Beautiful Place along the River
Vang Vieng is an incredible Riverside town in central Laos that is located on the Nam Song River. The river affords a large variety of activities, and is been the source of a great deal of fun for tourists and indigenous persons alike. For many years, tourists came to visit this area so they could partake in tubing and cliff diving activities. However, 27 deaths in 2011 from drowning and diving head first into rocks led the government to stop many of these activities or to control them.
There are still many great activities to do the in the river. This includes such things as kayaking or swimming, or others choose to go climbing or mountain bike riding within the city of Vang Vieng. Visitors should be aware that the government is looking to take away your fun there; they are just trying to ensure that you leave the country in one piece.
Getting to Vang Vieng —> BOOK FLIGHT
There is no airport service to the city. Most tourists who want to visit Vang Vieng fly into the airport in Vientiane and then take a shuttle or a taxi to their final destination. You should be aware that this is a $90 cost to write a cab, and takes about 3 ½ hours.
Others choose the option of taking a bus. This costs about six US dollars from the city of Vientiane. Buses leave at several different times during the day and the trip takes about five hours to reach the city of Vang Vieng.
For those who fly into Luang Prabang, the bus ride to Vang Vieng is about twice as long and costs about $10.
What to Do When Visiting Vang Vieng
One of the most spectacular places that you will see on earth to visit is Tham Poukham, also known as the Blue Lagoon. And by a natural spring into the lagoon you will see that this is a great place to spend the day. It is a small area, and usually is quite crowded, but the water is beautiful and the area is spectacular to walk around. There are guides there to show you and lead you around and there are a great many wonders to view.
There are several great caves areas to visit, with a couple of them being directly around the lagoon. There are also tours of these areas, or you can walk them on your own if you wish. You will see a great deal of wildlife and plants that surround the entrances and make for a really interesting look as you enter into them. This is a place to you will truly find great adventures while enjoying your time there.