Vang Vieng, Laos: A Short Travel Guide
Updated: Jan 7
Vang Vieng is located in the heart of Laos, just a two hour drive north from the capital city, Vientiane. This small town has breathtaking landscapes, consisting of stunning limestone mountains, lush rice fields, and the scenic Nam Song River. But what attracts most visitors here is the wide range of adventure activities as well as the town’s laid-back atmosphere. In this travel guide, we share our top things to do in Vang Vieng as well as great places to stay, eat, and drink.
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Best Things To Do In Vang Vieng
Walk around the town
Shop at the Night Market (Vang Vieng Walking Street from 6-10PM daily)
Explore Tham Chang Cave
Watch the sunset from the riverbank or a rooftop bar
Ride through Nathong Valley
Go tipsy tubing or kayaking on the river
Swim in the Blue Lagoons (We recommend Blue Lagoon 2 or 3)
Places To Stay In Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng Freedom Star's Hotel ($ - where we stayed): Simple, clean, bright, and comfy rooms. Breakfast included with varied options. Small pool as well.
Confetti Garden Hotel ($$): Excellent location, great view from rooftop bar, and comfortable bedrooms. Also a pool on the property.
ViengTara VangVieng Resort ($$$): Chalets are located in a peaceful and scenic setting amidst lush rice paddies. Chalets are clean, quiet and very comfy with plenty of amenities and with a lovely breakfast.
Places To Eat And Drink In Vang Vieng
Happy Mango Thai Restaurant: lovely Thai food of high quality but pricier than most other restaurants in Vang Vieng (try the massaman curry or mango sticky rice!)
La cigale: decent pasta's but also great local food
Luang Prabang Bakery & Restaurant: good place for breakfast or lunch with delicious patries
Naked Espresso Vang Vieng: great coffee shop
The mini Cafe & restaurant: come here for the view of the rice paddies (and boardwalk)
Tubing bar: this is the last stop of the tipsy tubing and is a real party if you come around 6pm
Vang Vieng Walking Street: this is where the night market is
Victor Place: cheap local food
Viman Vang Vieng Thai-German Restaurant: great handmade schnitzels and German food
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