There are so many amazing things to do in Vang Vieng. The vast landscape is like nothing we’ve ever seen and is sure to take your breath away. In this blog we’ll give you our top 5 things to do in Vang Vieng.
How to get to 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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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 because it overlooks the incredible rice fields. We definitely recommend checking this place out.
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Top 5 Things To Do In Vang Vieng
1. Nam Xay Viewpoint
Nam Xay viewpoint is at the top of our list for best things to do in Vang Vieng. This viewpoint is unlike anything we have ever seen! A moderate 20 minute hike will lead you to the top of a jagged mountain and allow you to view the incredible landscape filled with unique cliff formations which can only be found in Laos. It’s also very peaceful and quiet at the top which makes it the ideal spot to soak up the breathtaking views. Additionally, there are plenty of different angles and views for you to take some unique photos.
For more details on Nam Xay Viewpoint, check out our full blog post here.
2. Explore Rice Fields
If you visit during the wetter season, the rice fields in Vang Vieng will be in full bloom. Everywhere you look there are tall bright fields of green. Hop on a scooter and drive around to explore all the amazing spots you can find within the rice fields. You’ll be able to drive around for ages just admiring the landscape of Vang Vieng.
3. Tham Chang Cave
Tham Chang Cave Vang Vieng is a spectacular cave which opens up to a variety of different pathways. Before you enter the cave you’ll have to walk up a long steep stairway which is surrounded by lush greenery. Each pathway leads to different sections where you’ll be able to see rock formations hanging from the ceiling. Cave exploring is very unique and this is definitely one of the most interesting things to do in Vang Vieng. You’re sure to have an awesome time while exploring the different pathways and getting lost in the cave!
For more information on Tham Chang Cave, check out our full blog post here.
4. Hidden Blue Pools
These Hidden Blue Pools are located right outside Tham Chang Cave, although plenty of people walk straight by! If you’re looking for somewhere to cool off away from crowds, then we definitely recommend checking this place out. The pools look like something out of a fairytale with it’s glowing blue water, rock formations and lush greenery. This spot is mainly popular with locals so you wont find it busy with tourists. These hidden blue pools are also incredibly relaxing and definitely an awesome way to spend an afternoon.
For more details on the Hidden Blue Pools, check out our full blog post here.
5. Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is the most popular spot in Vang Vieng to go swimming. It is very close to town which makes it easy for crowds of tourists to spend the day here cooling down. This spot definitely isn’t as secluded and quiet as the Hidden Blue Pools, however it offers different activities like rope swinging and zip lining above in the trees. Although it’s called blue lagoon, it isn’t the best blue water that we have seen. There are actually 3 different blue lagoons all located separately so be sure to check them all out if you have time.
For more information on Blue Lagoon, check out our full blog post here.