Weekend experience in Vang Vieng (Laos)
If you are looking for a getaway adventure from your boring daily routine then do not worry and start packing because I will be telling you about a magical place that you may have never seen before. A weekend experience in Vang Vieng is the perfect solution for a memorable time!
Vang Vieng is located at the heart of Laos; a South Asian country that is full of rough terrain and mountains. Vang Vieng is in the half if you travel between Vientiane and Luang Prabang; it has a river flowing through it which is a great spot for tourism.
The Vang Vieng was discovered by travelers from the West in the 1990s. This place used to be a rural area and was agricultural land. Back then, the locals used to drink and waste away on drugs while heaps of trash piled up and the place was becoming a concrete jungle. It has been a long time and this place has changed a lot since then.
The government took action in 2012 and closed down the bars that were a problem for the community, they also stopped the activities that were damaging the reputation of the town. The government turned it all around and this place became a paradise.
The Vang Vieng has regained its popularity since then, it has now become a center of attention not only for the locals but also for the tourists, travelers, and adventurers where you can have various exciting experiences.
There are many travel companies run by different Asian Travel companies like Khiri Travel and Grasshopper Adventures, they have used this place as adventuring spot; different sports activities and many tourists pass through the town on cycles to have fun.
The sceneries are amazing, there are lots of caves, villages and blue lagoons to visit. The Vang Vieng a lot of potential and it has still not been fully used as there any many places in the town that is still to be discovered.
Location and directions, how to go to Vang Vieng
Located in the middle of the Laos capital Vientiane and Luang Prabang sits the Vang Vieng. Since both the aforementioned laces have airports that have direct flight services from the regional cities, getting there is no problem.
You can get off at the airport and grab either a Taxi otherwise travel by van or bus. The drive from either of the cities to the Vang Vieng is not more than 3 to 4 hours.
Accommodations, stay in Vang Vieng (Laos)
The very first thing the travelers worry about after getting to their desired destination; where shall we stay?
Due to the business at Vang Vieng, a lot of locals and companies have provided accommodation is a new way; the agro-tourism.
Unlike the usual guest houses, the agro-tourism provides night stay for the travelers who were to stay there for health purposes and for those who are picky with food.
A lot of people have opened farmhouses for people who like organic food. There is also a class of travelers who visit these farms and work there in exchange for accommodation.
This way, the environment is protected via the usage of saving farming methods. The locals even make dairy products and grow fruit trees on their farms.
There are also travelers who do not want to live the life of a farmer, there are also hotels which have the local feel and ethnic environment of Laos. These hotels and resorts provide travelers with beautiful pools, spas and amazing views of the peaks surrounding the vicinity.
Rafting and Kayaking in Vang Vieng
The authorities of Vang Vieng had closed the riverbanks due to water slides but there are still many activities that you can enjoy and participate in.
Many people go to the river for tube rides in the river and experience the adventure; imagine drifting down the river in an inner tube and enjoy a bottle of cold beer in your hand, this is a must for anyone who is visiting Vang Vieng and should be on your list of life adventures.
If you are more adventurous than that, you can rent your own raft or kayak and paddle in the river. The best time to do that is in the afternoon, by the evening you will be seeing the beautiful sunset.
Hit the road in Vang Vieng
At a distance of 15 miles to the west from the Song River, a number of twisty roads lead to different villages. The locals of these villages are ethnic minorities. There are various viewpoints such as the caves over there. You will be seeing the water holes that are also known as blue-lagoons.
Vang Vieng viewpoints, the climbs
If you are yearning for the aerial thrills then you should consider going for a zip line ride. There you will also find the hiking and rock climbing opportunities if you are going in the dry season. You will be able to enjoy the astounding sunset and sunrise views when you will get a short yet steep climb up to the most amazing and highest peaks there, the Pha Hon Kham.
If you are searching for the views of the spectacular landscape then you should consider climbing on a hot air balloon ride over the astounding countryside.
The caves of Eerie
This is the most loved activity of the people who visit there. You will find many caves right on the west side of the river, where you can reach if you are considering to go by bike on the mountain. There are many tourists who love to go for the motorcycles and the ATV ride to have more thrill around their trip.
You will find Buddhist artifacts in some of the caves, while you will also see that other caves are just the hideaways of the locals.
Now you know how your weekend experience in Vang Vieng is going to be. All you have to do is to stop thinking and just plan your next trip to Vang Vieng and you definitely will not regret your decision of doing so. Also, if you already have experienced going there, then you should share it in the comments section below.