Vang Vieng Laos
The small town of Vang Vieng is located 150 kilometers north of the Vientiane Capital. This is a place of a dreamlike landscape of bizarre limestone mountain peaks and scenic cliffs with the Nam Song (Song River) bisecting the town. At the base of the town’s limestone mountains are a network of caves. There are a variety of well-developed tourism services in Vang Vieng and a wide range of accommodations. Water sports such as kayaking and tubing are popular and rock climbing is also a growing pastime. Vang Vieng also offer some peaceful places like several 16th and 17th century monasteries and the small Hmong villages.
Just off route 13 north are two of Vientiane Province’s well known attractions: a small man-made reservoir known as Nong Nok near Ban Sivilay which is a great bird watching site; and the ancient Vang Xang Buddha images and sculptures that are carved into the side of a sandstone escarpment.
Things to do & see in Vang Vieng
Just a few kilometers from Vang Vieng are the Tham Phu Kham cave and the blue lagoon. A 200 meter climb up the limestone cliff leads to the Tham Phu Kham, a large cave with chambers, galleries and crevices filled with stalagmites and stalactites. The main chamber contains a large reclining Buddha image. The blue lagoon with its crystal blue waters at the base of the cliff is an enjoyable place to cool down and wash off the dust.
Of the many other caves in the area, the Tham Chang cave near Vang Vieng is worth a visit. The large, well lit cave in the limestone mountains requires a climb of some 150 steps to the top, from where great views of the surrounding area can be had.
The Vang Vieng area is very suited for outdoor activities like kayaking, trekking and climbing. Several companies offer kayaking trips on the river, often combined with hiking, cave exploration or a visit to a local organic farm. Half day and full day trips can be booked at Vang Vieng travel agents.
The karst mountains around town provide an attractive setting for climbing. Several rock climbing schools offer courses for beginners and experienced climbers, from half day to several days. Climbers are rewarded with great views of the karst landscape surrounding Vang Vieng.
A relaxed way to enjoy the area is make a bicycle tour. Bicycles can be rented at 10,000 Kip per day, mountain bikes double or triple that. Local roads will often be in poor condition with lots of pot holes and have little or no street lights at night.
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