Visit Vang Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng has long been a popular spot for backpackers seeking outdoor adventure but with new comfortable accommodation options and a government initiative to improve its reputation, the area is undergoing a renaissance. The town is nestled in a valley on the banks of the Nam Song River, and is a convenient stopping-off point for those making the journey overland between Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Whilst the drive takes you though some of the most spectacular scenery in Laos, hairpin bends and steep roads render the journey unsuitable for those who suffer from travel sickness.
Vang Vieng is surrounded by dramatic limestone karsts and offers a full range of outdoor pursuits including tubing, kayaking, rock climbing, as well as trekking and cycling to nearby caves and villages. The organic farm is also well worth a visit for a taste of the locally-produced Mulberry Tea, or try out one of the cookery courses on offer. The town has a range of bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of the riverside hotels, which is where we recommend that you stay. There is a small hospital, post office and a choice of ATMs, as well as a number of places to rent bicycles, a great way to get around.
Suggested itineraries featuring Vang Vieng
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Map of Vang Vieng
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Places near Vang Vieng
- The Plain of Jars 60 miles away
- Vientiane 67 miles away
- Luang Prabang 70 miles away
- Pakbeng 111 miles away
- Nong Khiaw 119 miles away
- Nam Et-Phou Louey 132 miles away
- Muang La 137 miles away
- Sam Neau 147 miles away
- Vieng Xai 156 miles away
- Luang Nam Tha 158 miles away
- Hin Boun 161 miles away
- Thakek 188 miles away
- Khammuan & Savannakhet 223 miles away
Accommodation choices for Vang Vieng
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Ideas for experiencing Vang Vieng
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