Located in Vientiane capital, Vang Vieng boasts a natural beauty. The town is surrounded by a picturesque backdrop of limestone karsts and is surrounded by farmland.
You can easily cover this tiny town on foot in an hour or two, as it has just three streets, a market, and a bus station. While it offers much for all visitors, it is also a backpacker hotspot, so can become very crowded in the high season.
Its stunning natural surroundings, the karst landscape, the Song river, caves and cliffs make Vang Vieng interesting and popular among visitors. These have always been the main attractions that draw visitors to this tiny town.
The caves and the cliffs here are great for rock-climbing activities, and there are rock walls to suit every level (from beginner to pros). The area has earned a reputation for one of the best for rock-climbing in the southeast Asian region.
Vang Vieng’s famous tubing and the town’s party atmosphere have got it talked about around the world. It is known as a party town amongst younger travellers and backpackers.
Things to do and see
- There are plenty of activities in Vang Vieng including kayaking, tubing, rope swinging and playing rattan ball and volleyball games in mud pits.
- There are numerous natural caves in Vang Vieng waiting to be explored. They can easily be reached either on foot, by bicycle or by motorbike. The nearest one, Jang cave, is just across the Song River. Some of the caves offer natural pools for swimming.
- Speaking of swimming, the Song River is one of the best places to swim in. The river is calm, its water is crystal clear and the low water level makes it just right for swimming.
- If you want to escape the tourist crowd, hire a motorbike or a bicycle and ride through quiet countryside, passing villages and observing ways of life that remain largely unchanged for many years. The farm is open to visitors. You can learn about the production of silk, poultry rearing and the making of goat cheese. They have a restaurant that serves organic food and some other goodies such as mulberry pancakes, the signature mulberry shake and home made goat cheese.