The Blue Pools Vang Vieng are one of our favourite hidden gems we came across in Vang Vieng. Located just outside of Tham Chang Cave, the blue pools are easy to miss! Once there, you’ll find yourself in a quiet spot surrounded by trees and greenery while cooling down in a refreshing pool of bright blue water.
How to get to the Blue Pools Vang Vieng
To get to Vang Vieng, we used 12Go to book a van from Luang Prabang. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around Laos and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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The Blue Pools Vang Vieng are located right outside the entrance of Tham Chang Cave. It is roughly a 10 minute drive from the center of town. We drove ourselves on our motorbikes which we rented for 50,000 Kip ($8 AUD) per day. However, if you’re only planning on visiting the pools, you can save the money by walking or cycling as it’s not far. You’ll have to pass through a resort and then you’ll see an orange bridge which is where you’ll park the bike. Walk across the orange bridge and follow the path on the left. Just before you reach the ticket booth to the cave, on left you’ll see the blue pools.
Where to stay
There are plenty of cheap accommodation options in the town of Vang Vieng. In the centre of town is where you will find the guesthouses and hostels, while the nicer resorts are slightly further away located along the rice fields. A popular and central hostel in town is the Real Vang Vieng Backpacker Hostel. If you’re looking for something more private, Molina Bungalows also offers cheap private rooms in the centre of town. If you have the budget, Vien Tara Villa is the perfect getaway in Vang Vieng as it overlooks the incredible rice fields. We definitely recommend checking this place out.
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Entrance to the Blue Pools is free. However, you’ll have to pay a small fee of 2,000 Kip per person to pass through the resort. Additionally, if you have a motorbike, you’ll have to pay an additional 3,000 Kip for parking.
What to expect
The Blue pools Vang Vieng were one of our favourite hidden gems in Laos. If you’re looking for somewhere to cool off away from crowds, then we definitely recommend checking this place out. The pools are located underneath bridges and also surrounded by rock formations. The water is constantly moving as it flows out from the caves and into the river. The current is very strong so be sure to hold onto something when relaxing in the water. The pools look like something out of a fairytale with it’s glowing blue water, rock formations and lush greenery.
We didn’t find any tourists swimming here as it was mainly local kids and teenagers. We went late in the afternoon as everyone was leaving so we had it all to ourselves. You’ll definitely want to spend all day here relaxing in the refreshing blue water at this incredible jungle oasis.
After the pools, be sure to check out Tham Chang Cave as the entrance is right there!