About Vang Vieng
Nestled on the banks of the Nam Song River, surrounded by lush countryside, is the delightful village of Vang Vieng. The local caves are the prize attraction of this delightful town as is the laid back atmosphere of the village itself. Opt to take a bicycle ride through the rice paddies or float gently along the river. Vang Vieng is located midway between Vientiane and Luang Prabang. En route you also may wish to stop at the colourful market of Thalat, where local hill tribes come to trade and shop. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and gifts. Don't forget to haggle!Read More
While Vang Vieng was once known for its crazy partying, a government crack down has ebbed the flow of wild youths and increased the influx of spiritualists and nature-lovers. Hosting a wealth of natural beauty, Vang Vieng has several wonders worth visiting, such as the Blue Lagoon and its adjoining caves. Flashlights are available to rent on site so that the caves can be explored in depth. However, to really get the most of your trip to Vang Vieng, a hot air balloon ride is a must.
If an interest in caves has been sparked by the Blue Lagoon, the Tham Xang (the Elephant Cave) that dates back to the 11th century, is definitely worth seeing. Alternatively, travellers should book themselves on to a kayaking or canoeing tour as it is a great way to get up close and person with the stunning river and its lush surroundings. After all of the adventuring, weary voyagers should head to one of Vang Vieng's massage parlours for any oily pampering session with a highly skilled local masseuse, meaning you are supporting the local community whilst rejuvenating your muscles.