A few decades ago, only a handful of people knew about Vang Vieng and where it was located. Even though it was only 160km north of Vientiane and 180km south of Luang Prabang; this little town was hardly heard of.
During the Vietnam
war, there was an American
airfield runway parallel to Nam Song river to serve Air American in
Laos. Besides this runway, there is nothing else available to show that
this town has been prosperous in the past. Therefore, since the influx
of the backpackers from 1980, the town started to change and grow
Today this little town is full
of backpackers. The main attractions that bring them here is the
laid-back country life style, beautiful scenery, white fresh Nam Song
river, limestone mountains and caves filled with rock formations.
The activities here include
tubing, kayaking or rafting on the Nam Song river are the most popular
ones for most backpackers who came here. Along the bank of Nam Song
river there are shops, restaurants and socialize decks selling food,
Lao Beer and equipments like rope swings and zip lines for river
If you like more adventurous
activities you can go for rocks climbing or taking part in a trekking
tour. For sightseeing you can go and visit the caves, there a lot of
caves around Vang Vieng but the two most popular are Tham Phu Kham cave
Jang cave. You also can visit
Kmu or Hmong villages which located only few minutes walk from this
In the village of Phoudindaeng
about 4km north of town there is an Organic Farm founded by Thanongsi
Sorangkoun, here you have opportunity to help the community by teaching
them English. For full detail visit
At the main streets of the town
you can find hotels
and guest houses, bars,
restaurants, tour agencies and internet cafes to serve the guests. So
if you love party and dancing you find bars and karaoke shops here too
where you can sing and dance your night away.
Here are some useful
information to help you learn more about Vang Vieng.
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Places for your information
The currency of Laos is "Kip".
There are no coins in circulation. Notes of Kip are ranging from 50kip
Us dollars and Thai Bath are
widely accepted in most shops, restaurants and hotels. Major currencies
and traveler's cheques in US dollars and pounds sterling can be
exchanged at most leading banks.
1. B&P Restaurant
Serve Lao, Thai and Western food.
Friendly staff with a Lao/Dutch management.
2. Jungle Bar
Has great quality food, fresh pizza, pad thai and fruit shakes.
The place is relaxed environment with cheap eats, and the owner name is Jackie.
3. Q Bar and Restaurant
Cheap restaurant, steak+drink for 30,000 kip, curry+drink only 15,000 kip.
4. Nisha Indian Food
This restaurant only open from 2PM. Serves great Indian food.
5. Peeping Som's Bar and Restaurant
Offering a change from most other restaurants in town with the English chef focuses on the quality of dishes. Lao drinks such as Lao Hai, and flavored Lao Lao also on offer.
6. Organic Farm Cafe
A few kilometers away from town, this restaurant offers original and interesting menu. Deep-fried mulberry leaves in honey for 15,000 kip. Goat cheese sandwich for 30,000 kips
There And Away
Buses, minibus, pick-ups and
Sungtheo depart from and to vang Vieng bus station 2km north of town
daily. So you can leave town whenever you like.
Vieng - Vientiane
- Luang Prabang
Vieng - Phonsavan
There's one bus to Phonsavan
Deparure: Between 9.00am, 9.30am
Travel time: 6 to 7 hours (distance: 219km)
If you are planning to visit the town, to have fun and enjoy yourself, then it's a good idea to book hotels before you leave home or you can visit here by tour. Booking a hotel online is easy and convenient, saving you time and money. For full details about price comparisons just visit Vang Vieng hotels for more information.
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