Located in Vientiane Province, about 150km from the north of the capital, Vang Vieng is a peaceful and quiet countryside and the land of the big fun and relaxation of Laos. It’s a small beautiful town lying in a stunningly nice valley on the Nam Song river and surrounded by a picturesque karst hill landscape, which makes Vang Vieng an ideal place for those wanting to enjoy and discover the natural beauty here.
Vang Vieng was first settled in 1353 as a staging post between Luang Prabang and Vientiane and has its original name “Mouang Song”. In the 1890s during French colonial rule, the town was renamed Vang Vieng. During the 1964-1973, it witnessed the significant expansion of the town and its infrastructure. In the recent years, Vang Vieng has developed dramatically due to the large number of backpackers attracted by attractive sites, especially opportunities for adventure tourism in a limestone karst landscape. Other attractions include inner tubing and kayaking on the Nam Song River equipped with rope swings, zip lines, and large decks for socializing.
The town and surroundings offer a lot of real attractions such as Padeng, Ring, Tham Poukham and Xang caves, Hmong villages and natural mountain scenery. Tham Poukham-Blue Lagoon, is often referred to as “Golden Cave”, is a nice place to relax, swim and play on the rope swing. The natural spring lagoon is crystal and equipped with natural features. The way into the main cavern area is led by mossy rocks. This is where a large bronze reclining Buddha is situated. People who like adventure can jump from the seven meter high trampoline on the great big tree. In Xang Cave, people can join in many amazing activities as tubing, kayaking the river, high swing, Lao-style steam sauna, rock climbing, or taking part in the riverside party and so on, in which tubing is the most popular activity.
Tourists often rent a large tube and float down the Nam Song River. River tubing has become the excessive partying in Vang Vieng. Floating down the river on the inflated inner tubes of lorry tyres with a drink in hand is really a great way to escape from the scorching day. Beside the popular activities, rock climbing is a fairly new activity in Laos. With the spectacular limestone karst landscape, Vang Vieng has become an ideal destination for climbers. Hmong villages offer tourists the chance to visit their traditional house and local market where there’s a diversity of goods. Moreover, there’s a lot of dramatic mountain landscapes, so tourists can just wander, enjoy the fresh natural beauty and admire the sunset which will slowly to disappear behind the mountains of Vang Vieng.