Favorite thing: Vang Vieng is a completely manufactured tourist resort in the heart of Laos. So you won't find many signs of authentic Lao life here, more like young enterprising English speaking guides selling trips and tuk tuk rides. Saying that you can have a great time on the river and in the town, with loads of tourist amenities, restaurants, internet cafes, riverside bars, trapezes and slides on the river with Lao beer flowing. Tourists come here in their droves all year round and usually enjoy their time, just avoid the bar with 24 hour episodes of Friends playing.
Favorite thing: Upon getting off the bus, there is no shortage of tuk-tuk drivers and hotel staff hitting you up for business. Don't bother with any of them. The furthest hostel is probably no more than a 10 minute walk. And the ones that are further than 5 minute are not serviceable by a tuk-tuk anyway (since you may have to cross a foot bridge). Nearly all places have established a laundry service of 5000 kip/kg. The hostels are so plentiful that their competition puts them out of business almost constantly. Saw some for 3,500kip/night (shared bunks) and others with up to 7 beds for 150,000 kip. Honestly speaking, walk to those that are on the small islands (over the foot bridges) for ~85,000 kip/night or for those north of Orchid Hotel with a nice river view for ~50,000kip.
I've never been in a country with so many beautiful, big coloured butterflies!
I tried to catch them with my camera!
Just enjoy these beautiful and elegant animal during your stay in Laos!
Fondest memory: The big amount of butterflies, the karst mountain range, the people working on the rice fields,
all of this makes me smile and brings back good memories of Vang Vieng
I expected something different from the town being a popular stop off spot. However, there really isnt much here, other than some guesthouses and dirt roads. I was not complaining though because it really us just a great place to chill.
You will probabaly notice that there is more backpackers than locals living in the town, almost as if it revolves around the backpacker crowd.
Probabaly one of the best pieces of architecture in the region is the brige over the nam song,
I used to enjoy takes walks along the bridge and looking at the definitive brown colour of the river and wondering what lurks beneath.
The bridge must be taken should you want to go on caving expiditions on the other side of the river.
The Nam song river flows through the town of Vang Vieng and provides a beautiful setting for a quaint town. Many guesthouses and huts are situated on the river bank which permaeate the towns sence of tranquility.
Perhaps the main activity in town is tubing along the river. You ususally pay hire a rubber tube or tyre and pay for a taxi several kilometers up river. The river decent is slow and very pleasurable. There are added bonuses along the way with small "bars" along the river side selling beer. You simply paddle over ,stop for a little while and then get back in the river and let the current flout you downstream
Vang Vieng is a town sort of half-way between Luang Prabang and Vientiane - it's a normal stopping point for people wanting to break the journey somewhere. It's surrounded by limestone mountains which are in turned filled with natural caves. I did not stay long enough in Vang Vieng to explore them, nor I thinnk I would have gone to see them even I I had enough time (there's just an amount of caves one can take in).
Fondest memory: What I found fascinating in Vang Vieng was the foodmarket: while everyone was at the caves I went for a walk through the market and discovered the most interesting of all markets I have ever seen