About 150 km north of Vientiane, Vang Vieng is a tourist-oriented town of the country of a million elephants. Dubbed “Backpacker Republic”, “tourism paradise for youngsters”, Vang Vieng is really a lovely destination in Laos. If you have intention of exploring this town, keep reading to know things to do in here.
- Play adventure games on Nam Song River
Nam Song River is taken advantage of to create interesting and adventure water games. There are a variety of games allocated along the river. Tourists can choose tubing, bungee jumping, going kayaking or trekking.
One of the most risky games is bungee jumping which involves in swinging rope and then jumping into the stream from the height of 30m. This game requires bravery and recklessness of players, not for the faint-hearted. Despite the danger of games, they still draw a large number of visitors coming to this town.
- Take a hot air balloon flight over Vang Vieng
If you are not interested in these games, taking a hot air balloon flight over Vang Vieng will be a great choice. Although the price of this service is a little higher, it deserved to try.
When the balloon goes up, you will have the chance to admire the view of Vang Vieng from above. Especially, the dawn or sunset over Vang Vieng is similar to a masterpiece of natural settings if you can see it at the height of dozens of meters.
Trust me! Don’t forget to experience this feeling because it might become the most memorable moments in your journey.
- Visit Tham Jang Cave
Vang Vieng has a lot of caves of which Tham Jang is the most famous. It is praised by foreign press and well-known travel guides.
It used to be a bunker during the Chinese-Ho invasion in the early 19th century. Only 2km far from Vang Vieng, travelers can rent a bike or travel by tuk tuk to reach the cave. Remember to enjoy the beauty of stalactites in weird shapes deep in the cave.
- Bike along Nam Song River
Like taking a tour around Vang Vieng by a hot air balloon, biking is also another way to immerse in natural beauty of this town. However, that will bring you totally new feelings.
Riding a bike, visitors can stop wherever they want to go sightseeing. Green rice paddies, herds of buffalo or cows grazing slowly will evoke their sense of tranquility.
- Buy souvenirs in Vang Vieng Market
Coming here, tourists should visit Vang Vieng Market where Lao specialties are sold. This is also an opportunity for them to learn more about the beauty in Lao culture.
It is impossible to overlook famous specialties of Lao cuisine to taste or bring back as gifts for relatives. Among them, Lao glutinous rice wine with the esoteric recipe is a specialty which you cannot find anywhere else in the world. Besides, bat, squirrel, monkey and rat meat are also sold in this place.
- Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere in Western Street
When the night falls, this peaceful town suddenly becomes noisy and boisterous with Western Street. This is also the time of bars or clubs opening. In loud music, visitors can drink cold beer or wine and taste some Lao dishes at the same time.
In a nutshell, Vang Vieng is always full of tourists but it still remains peaceful and familiar. It is hard to talk all about the serene beauty of this midland town. So what are you waiting for without coming to Vang Vieng?