Vang Vieng

by Stefan

Hot balloon over Nam Song_River, Vang Vieng by via

Vang Vieng is a pretty town set amid a dramatic mountainous jungle backdrop is roughly halfway between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and in stark contrast to the latter, is the place to don your party hat. The whole party scene is built around the tubing culture that has sprung up on the river, much to the chagrin of Laos traditionalists who rue the influx of backpackers, of whom not all are keen to simply sample the area’s natural beauty.

Tubing and kayaking along Nam Song River, Vang Vieng

The town, as might be expected, has a significant drug culture and the lack of a cohesive safety authority on the river has resulted in many injuries and several deaths through misadventure.

However, there is benefit to tarrying awhile to enjoy the trekking and climbing available if staying in town to saturate yourself with alcohol and exaggeratedly slip on someone else’s vomit slick isn’t high on your personal Laos checklist.

Tubing headquarters, Vang Vieng

Places to visit in Laos

  • Vientiane – the capital city unlike others
  • Luang Prabang – the jewel in the crown of Laos tourism
  • Pakse – the gateway to the Bolaven Plateau and Si Phan Don

  • Jeering Ong

    Hi I’m interested in 4D3N vang vieng tour. Can I have a quoted price for 6 including breakfast and accommodation, flight for return and a short tour around vang vieng? Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Jeering,
      We are unable to quote you a price as we are not affiliated with any travel agency. However, if you intend to do a DIY Vang Vieng tour, I can share my Vang Vieng travelling experience with you. To start with, 4D3N Vang Vieng trip is too rush as there is no airport in Vang Vieng. You would have to take Air Laos from Singapore to Vientiane Airport, then hire a mini bus (since there are six persons) to Vang Vieng. The bus ride is around 4-5hours. Hope this information helps.

  • You can call Universal Travel (UTC) at +65 6535 6004 and look for Gabriel. He may be able to help you book a tour with accommodation and transportation taken care of by reputable tour agent in Laos.