Vang Vieng Travel Guide
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- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 51%Budget Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (15)
- Vang ViengMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Dec 08, 2013
This is a hotspot on the backpacker circuit. Tons of backpacker bars, restaurants and cheap places to stay. You can go tubing down the river, which is really fun!
- Vang ViengMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Aug 14, 2013
Vang Vieng is an anomaly. Its beautiful setting in the karst mountains make it a legit destination. But the place has been corrupted by insensitive backpackers in the last 10 years. Floating (tubing) down the tranquil river can be a super mellow experience, but in recent years has been tarnished by the stupidity of backpackers who have killed themselves by overdosing on drugs or getting too drunk and drowning in the river. Vang Vieng can be a wonderful place, but it can also be overrun with drunk/drugged 19-year-old foreigners with little respect for the local culture.
- Vang ViengMay 15, 2013
As of April 2013 3 bars are now open along the river. Known locally as pirate bars, the owners and staff can ask you to leave at a moments notice if they suspect the police are on their way - i.e. the bars really shouldn't be open, but are. Even without the bars, tubing is still more than worth while. Its like a very scenic lazy river.
- Vang ViengJan 16, 2013
Oh man, do I remember this trip. The place is charming for it's scenery and atmosphere. I came across a temple at sunset, there must have been maybe 100 monks inside the average sized building, but they were all chanting their mantras together. It was one of the best "right place at the right time" moments in my life. This place was just gleaming with joy. Everything is extraordinarily cheap when you convert it. Quite a bunch of interesting fun-loving people pass through here. I remember sitting in a hammock watching the sun go down over the green jagged mountains. I don't remember much of the night time tho. Weird.
- Vang ViengMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Aug 21, 2012
The tubing capital world is a worthy stop along the long freeway that runs through Laos. Be mindful not to get trapped watching Friends at the local restaurants. Although I think they are branching out to showing Family Guy now too. Absolutely do the tubing excursions, but be careful of drinking too much of the local cool-aid.
- Vang ViengJul 05, 2012
This city needs to be on every backpackers list in Laos, and I think it is. Ignore the complete seasons of FRIENDS being played in every restaurant (or embrace it as I do) and just look around at the complete and utter beauty that this little tourist town is surrounded by. Go tubing down the river, go rock climbing, sit and write as you sip a cappuccino and overlook the cliffs over the river. This place can cast a spell over you, so although it was created for tourists, it is well worth the trap because sometimes you need a place to just go and enjoy why you are in Laos, because it's beautiful... (beware: roads in Laos are mostly unpaved, so get ready for a BUMPY ride!)
- Vang ViengJul 04, 2012
The Khao San Road of Laos, with lots more adventure - mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, tubing, rock climbing - the town itself is overrun with TV cafes showing reruns of Family Guy and Friends and serving dishes from stereotypically identical "Western" menus. The surrounding landscape is spectacular, though, and outside of the town center the village locals are incredibly friendly - visitors don't often wander very far from the main strip.
- Vang ViengMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 1Jul 04, 2012
A place for the active traveller, cycling, walking, rock climbing, kayaking. The place is incredible, and photogenic like few other places. Also very cheap so you can spend a long time there. Hot though, so take a lot of water on your hiking. Also, somewhat boring food, pretty much the same in every restaurant. But the beauty more than makes up for it.
- Vang ViengJul 04, 2012
Don't bother. The place is overrun with backpackers and hardly represents a laotian experience. You might as well be on Khao San Rd...
On the upside, this contains the crowd and keeps them away from the many magic hidden gems this stunning country has to offer.
- Vang ViengJul 04, 2012
This tiny rural town gives you a taste of real Laos located among fields of crops and towering mountains. This is a great place to relax in a little stilted hut by the river with a book, or munch on some delectable Laotian cuisine. The attraction that draws many travelers to this place is the inter-tube bar hopping...for a few bucks you can rent a tube and float all day from riverside bar to bar swinging on trapezes, gliding on zip-lines, and having a blast!
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