How many days in Vang Vieng and what to Do?
Vang Vieng is a place of wild activities and many mysterious, natural beauties waiting to be uncovered. For most tourists who travel throughout Laos, Vang Vieng is often a must-see stop between Luang Prabang and Vientiene. But, how long should we stay in Vang Vieng and what should we do? If that’s what you are wondering then here we are, guide to: How many days in Vang Vieng and what to Do?
Normally in a full Laos tour, visitors often takes 2 days/1 night in Vang Vieng. For those who want to see more of Vang Vieng, it can take 3 days/2 nights.
There are plenty of activities in Vang Vieng, and these are most popular activities:
Vang Vieng is well-known for its vast amount of caves around the region. Notably there are six most visited caves: Tham Jang, Tham Nam, Tham Sang (Elephant Cave), Tham Loup & Tham Hoi, and Tham Phu Kham.
While for some people, visiting all of these caves might not be an interesting thing. But for a family trip, visiting these caves will be an exciting experience. First of all, we have Tham Jang. Now, Tham Jang is probably not the most beautiful cave out of these six, but it has the best view over the entire Vang Vieng. After walking up a bridge which leads to the cave entrance, visitors will be astounded by its sight, a perfect oppurtunity for photograph.
Next we have Tham Nam – a mysterious cave flooded with water. Or to be more precise, the cave is like a river flows through a 500-meter underground trail. In order to get through Tham Nam, travelers have to use a tube and grab on ziplines to get in the cave.
Then we have Tham Sang, or often known as Elephant Cave. The reason why it called ‘Elephant Cave’ is that there is a staglamite formation looks like an elephant inside. Here visitors can also see some Buddha statues, and especially the Buddha footprint.
Tham Loup & Tham Hoi are two distinct caves but we put them in one due to their similarities. During Vietnam War, many refugees took shelter in these two caves to avoid bombing. In addition, both caves are popular for their fascinating staglamite and staglatite formations and shapes.
Finally we have the most attractive cave of the six, which is Tham Phu Kham and its Blue Lagoon. Here in Tham Phu Kham lies a bronze Buddha statue, and various staglatite and staglamite formations. On top of that, most visitors come here for its Blue Lagoon – a clear-turquoise lake. Commonly, visitors come here to enjoy the pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.
* About caves in Vang Vieng, you might want to check out: The Most Famous Vang Vieng Caves to Discover
Hot Air Balloon might not be for everyone due to its price of 80 $USD. But once you get on it, what you can experience is simply breathtaking. Travelers often take part in this activity at the early morning, or at the sunset. Both times provide spectacular chances to watch Vang Vieng natural landscape and its town from above.
Visitors can book for Hot Air Balloon in the town of Vang Vieng. Normally you cannot ‘selfishly’ enjoy this experience alone, since you will probably be grouped with other people. Even so, as the balloon rise above the sky, the sight will leave you and other passengers speechless. In the end, with the cost of 80 $USD, what you can have here is totally worth it, especially when you travel with your friends or family.
Vang Vieng Tubing/Kayaking
For those who’ve come to Vang Vieng before, Tubing must be a wild and unforgettable. Tubing in Vang Vieng is so famous that it is on the top list of must-do activities among backpackers. That said, the ‘fame’ soon became ‘infamous’ and it was banned in 2012. Here’s the reason:
Before the ban, this tubing activity was a rather… wild and chaotic. Simply put, tubing is just involving travelers jump down to the water with their tube. As fun as it may sound, that’s not all of the story. Things get more ‘wild’ when nearby shops offer ‘happy menu’ (basically foods and drinks mixed with drugs). For this reason, Tubing became extremely fun, but also chaotic it the same time as people party and jump down to the water. There were cases in which travelers died due to this chaotic activity and they attracted the world’s notice.
Nowadays, you can still take part in tubing, but not it’s as crazy as before. Since the ban, Laos authority carried out regulation plans to ensure travelers’ safety. That said, tubing is still fun and worth a try.
Other similar activity is kayaking. It is also exciting, and suitable for those who are not fond of tubing.
Rock Climbing – Vang Vieng Challenge
In such a region full of natural landscapes like Vang Vieng, it is a perfect place for rock climbing. Currently in Vang Vieng, the group Green Discovery provides oppurtunities to try out rock climbing. They offer training, 50 routes from beginner to master level.
For those who seek more adventurous activity, there is a new activity called Vang Vieng Challenge. And stay true to its name, in this activity participants go on a extraordinary trek. Here tourists can enjoy the astounding sights of surrounding nature, and take part in challenges like ziplining, via ferrata, and especially abseiling on a 50-meter-height waterfall.
Normally most tourists spend about 2 days/1 night in Vang Vieng, some others spend 3 days/2 nights and even more to fully discover Vang Vieng. However, here we would like suggest a 2 days/1 night plan. Of course, the plan is not a concrete itinerary, you can arrange these activities depend on how you like.
Day 1: Caves Discovery at the morning till afternoon, Hot Air Balloon at the afternoon/sunset, finally having party at night (parties seem to be a must here).
Day 2: Limestone Climbing at the morning, those who prefer more challenging activity can choose Vang Vieng Challenge, Vang Vieng Tubing/Kayaking at noon till near afternoon, after that prepare to go on to the next destination.
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