This post was written by David Bento, a passionated traveler who loves to swam among sharks.
Vang Vieng is a riverside town in Central Laos, located between Vientiane at the Thai border and the World Heritage site of Luang Prabang. David visited Laos in 2013 with two friends while backpacking in Southeast Asia for a whole month.
1. How did you hear about Vang Vieng in the first place?
Was a really funny story and wasn’t planned at all! We were visiting Vientiane, Lao’s capital, and we started thinking about our next destination.Everything was pointing towards Luang Prabang as the natural next step, but whilst walking around the city we discovered a hidden tourism point that mentioned Vang Vieng as a mandatory place. We went straight to the bus station where we could negotiate a VIP Bus for 4$ each. Turned out that a VIP Bus was actually a 9 places van in a really bad state.
2. For how long did you stay there?
Vang Vieng is a really small town, which means that you don’t actually need a lot of time there to get to know all of it. We stayed there for 3 days and we got the feeling that it was enough. We didn’t have anything planned or booked during this trip, which means that we were staying in each place the amount of time needed to take the best out of each place.
3. Why did Vang Vieng become so special to you?
Never been in a place with such natural beauty. We rented some motorbikes and were forced to stop in every single corner due to how amazed we were with the landscape. We seemed little kids smiling to each other while looking at the view!
On top of that, Vang Vieng’s people is truly and genuinely friendly. Despite not being the wealthiest country on earth, all the locals were really helpful and we were thrown to those scenes on the TV where the small kids start running at us when they saw some foreign people driving a motorbike through their dirt roads.
4. Is there any hidden spot that you want to share with us?
Definitely! If you’re going to Vang Vieng you shouldn’t miss the Tham Poukham Cave and the Blue Lagoon on the surroundings. Look at what you’ll have to get through to reach it:
Also, going to the Kaeng Nyui Waterfall is completely mandatory. Won’t ever forget this one, as we crossed a militia when driving there! You should enjoy the Mekong as well, one of the biggest rivers in Asia.
5. If you could come back but just go to a single place there… Which would you choose? And why?
Kaeng Nyui Waterfall! One of those that does not appear a lot of times on the tourist guides but which has an incredible and genuine beauty. Everything is amazing, starting from the ride until getting there up to crossing the forest looking for that waterfall.
6. Can you leave us some special places for staying, eating or visiting at Vang Vieng?
We stayed at a hostel that we booked when we arrived there. We were there beginning of August and nothing was planned neither booked before arriving and we there were plenty of hostels and nice guesthouses to stay for a quite cheap price. We booked one of the first ones we saw for nearly 6$ per night, for each one of us.
Regarding restaurants, I don’t remember any particular meal but we found some good street food and we tried to taste as much local food as possible.
Categories – Nature || Moutain
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Best time to visit – November to March
Best way to move – Rented a Motorbike for 5$ / day
Cost – Between 10 and 20 $ / day, everything included