Thursday, September 22, 2005

Vang Vieng -things to do

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Vang Vieng is a small town/village surrounded by limestone karst mountains and rivers. The main attractions are caves, Hmong villages, and the natural mountain scenery. A favourite with travellers - many stay longer than planned. However many say this town has become too popular and now has a reputation as a party village.

I intend to stay here one or two days depending on how I feel about it. However it is a good stop off point between Vientiane and Louang Prabang

Things to do:

Tham Chang: 2km from the town centre. This is a popular trip by bicycle. 7:30-11:30, 13-16:30. Entry fee 8,000kip + 1,000kip to enter to resort, plus 500kip for bicycle. There are beautiful views of the village and rice fields from here. This cave is well lit with a fairy tale atmosphere.

Tham Poukham: S of town on other side of river. Walk/bicycle 7km W(Go W 5km then turn right and go another 2km.). Cross a bridge and take a tuk-tuk waiting the other side, 3000kip/p, and walk 1km. Entry fee 3000kip, 9-17:00, A big cave with a sleeping Buddha inside. Simple food and drink are available.

Tubing on the river: 5000kip/p including tube rental and the tuk-tuk ride to the 4km point. From here it 3- 5 hours back to town. Numerous bars along the river banks for a cool Bia Lao and relaxing.

Kayaking Tour: 72,000kip/p Wild Side Eco Tour T511-230 or at Xayon Bar. Departs 9:30, back by 17:00. Including Hmong village, caves, Hanging Bridge, BBQ for lunch, organic farm and kayaking

One Day Vang Vieng Tour: A few agents organize tours around Vang Vieng including caves, Hmong villages, lunch and finishing with tubing. Leaving around 9-10:00 and coming back around 17:00.

1 comment:

Derek said...

I think your blog will be very usefull for me. I've planned to go to Laos from december 16 till december 28. Keep writing !!