Vang Vieng, Laos
A happening little town in the middle of Laos with absolutely beautiful scenery. This is a very popular backpacker destination and home of the famous river tubing. Even though it is a popular tourist destination it’s not over done yet, the tourism is there but has not fully taken over yet as seen in many other south east Asia destinations. Just a short little motor bike ride out of the town and you will find your self emerged into Laos society with not a single tourist in site. This little town is surrounded by moutanins with loads of caves, Lagoons, breath taking landscapes. Through the middle of the town you will find a River where you can sit on a dock for some drinks, take all day floating down the river or go for a dip. We did some serious adventuring at this location, I feel it’s well called for with so many activities for a very reasonable price. The famous tubing which was banned for a couple years is a must do, although the experience has changed over the years. Unfortunately to many people died due to the mass amount of drinking, drugs and dangerous slides and zip lines into the water. Our experience was much more relaxed but still a party, there are only a few bars left on the river but the remaining bars still throw quite the party, everyday. We ended up getting caught up at the bars for a little to long and didn’t quite make it back to the town so we had to hop out early and take a tuk tuk back.
Another must do in Vang Vieng is exploring the valleys of the near by mountains, there are many tours that will take you there with specific stops. zip lining, rock climbing, exploring caves, swimming in lagoons, kayaking, tubing and many more but as usual we rented a motor bike and explored the natural beauties our selfs. We first went to the blue lagoon for a dip, a beautiful little lagoon with a huge tree creating different levels to jump off of. There was also a cave there and some zip lining but this was a very touristy spot with people everywhere, it was worth the visit but don’t make it the only place you visit out side of the town. We could resist the hot air ballon rides, costing us only 80 dollars U.S per person it was a hit to the budget but well worth it. We went at 6am to catch the sun rise and wow, just a breath taking view of the town surrounded by mountains.
Another experience in Vang Vieng not to miss are the sandwiches, they are literally impossible to miss with vendors lining many of the roads with huge signs of all different types of sandwiches. They cost about 2 dollars U.S, we got a little bit to excited with the magical explosion of taste mixed with the cheap price, we eat 4 one day and kinda ruined it for the rest of the visit.
Our budget of 40 dollars CAN each per day was very easy to hit in this location with cheap meals, reasonably prices beer and very cheap accommodations with out having to deal with a disgusting room. We had a very nice bungalow on the river looking out at the mountains for 22 dollars CAN. One of our favourite destinations yet the only thing it was missing was a beach.