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The colorful villages in Malang, Indonesia

The colorful villages was the very reason we added Malang to our itinerary through Indonesia. They are mostly known as the Rainbow Village (Jodipan) and the Blue Village (Kampung Biru Arema). The entire area was formerly a slum area in the city. The government wanted to relocate the citizens as the living conditions was so bad. A group of students then came up with the idea to paint the two villages in different colors to attract tourists. They received funding by the government, and in 2016 the military painted the two villages in fresh colors. The result was remarkable! It didn’t take long before tourists noticed the uniqueness of the colorful villages in Malang, Indonesia.

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How to spend 3 days in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta is not the prettiest girl in town, but you will surely find some hidden gems if you decide to spend some time here. Undiscovered by tourists, this city boasts of unique sights and attractions. Friendly people, local food, synagogues with muslim prayer and incredible art are keywords describing this lovely city. Check out our recommended itinerary below on how to spend 3 days in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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6 Instagram Spots in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The creative minds of Yogyakarta has developed unique viewpoints and theme parks for visitors and locals to enjoy. These spots are located in the cooler mountains outside the city, and are still undiscovered by tourists. If you are looking for a fun day exploring the city’s outskirts, then this might be the perfect day plan for you! Check out our 6 instagram spots in Yogyakarta, Indonesia below 🙂

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Instagram spots in Yogyakarta

1. Becici Peak

This place is located approx. 1 hour by car outside the city center of Yogyakarta, and is a true Instagram spot. They have built several unique and different viewpoints for visitors to enjoy. We were surprised by how few people were there! You should plan on spending 1 hour here.

Kindly note that this is not an authentic Indonesian experience, and the park has a very touristy vibe to it. I would not recommend going here if you are not into “theme parks”. However, it is still a fun place to visit if you have the time 🙂

TIP! Go early to watch the amazing sunrise!

Read More: Sunrise at Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta

Instagram spots in Yogyakarta

Becici Peak was probably our favorite spot of the 6 instagram spots in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It was between 5-7 viewpoints, swings, zip-lining experiences and different art installations. And more importantly, there were no other people there!

If you have to choose one place to visit, this would be the one. Maybe you could do an instagram challenge, and see how many instagram posts you can make from this place? 🙂

Entrance fee: 11,000 IDR, 2 persons incl. parking

Instagram spots in Yogyakarta

2. Serebu Batu

This is almost like a small theme park located in the middle of the forest in Yogyakarta. They have made everything from wood, like different tree houses, a small hobbit village, bridges, statues and viewpoints. You should plan on spending between 1-2 hours here.

Serebu Batu is located 10 minutes by car from Becici Peak, and you can easily include this place after your visit to Becici Peak. This is probably our second favorite of our 6 Instagram Spots in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Entrance fee: 11,000 IDR, 2 persons incl. parking

Instagram spots in Yogyakarta

3. Puncak Songgo Langit

If you are keen on hiking, you may walk through the pine forest to the very top of the mountain at Serebu Batu. The hike is approx. 1km long, and is very easy with a path leading you all the way up to the top. Once you have arrived on the top, you will be treated with a great view and more viewpoints and art installations.

TIP! Please by something from the kiosk if you venture all the way to the top. It is a nice way to support the locals, and very few people hike up here.

Instagram spots in Yogyakarta

4. Bukit Pendung Kediwung

Next up on our 6 Instagram Spots in Yogyakarta, Indonesia is Bukit Pendung Kediwung. Here you have to pay for the pictures, and each picture cost between 3 – 5,000 IDR. We were a bit annoyed by this in the beginning, but its really just a nice way to support the locals and the people working there.

There are about 6 different viewpoints, and this place is actually quite popular when it comes to wedding photographs. There is even a “LOVE” viewpoint for those of you who are interested in that 🙂

Entrance fee: 12,000 IDR, 2 persons incl. parking

Instagram spots in Yogyakarta

5. Jurang Tembelan

This was perhaps our least favorite spot on our list of 6 Instagram Spots in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is located 15 minutes by car from Bukit Pendung Kediwung. The view was very nice, and like the other places we visited, they had several different viewpoints.

Entrance fee: 12,000 IDR, 2 persons incl. parking

Instagram spots in Yogyakarta

6. Gumuk Pasir (Black Beach)

We highly recommend ending your day at the Black Beach at Gumuk Pasir. Watching the sunset from here is nothing but mesmerizing. And as a lovely surprise, they have made a beautiful heart by flowers at the parking area. THAT is what we call a good first impression 🙂

TIP! Make sure to check the weather before flying your drone. We tried to take our drone up here, but it was way too windy.

Entrance fee: 10,000 IDR, 2 persons incl. parking. Additional 5,000 IDR per person if you would like to take a picture of the flower fields.

Read more: Sunset at Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta

Instagram spots in Yogyakarta

How to get to the 6 Instagram Spots in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

We are huge fans of private drivers where that is the better choice of travel. We like the flexibility that it provides us. For a more budget friendly option, you can easily rent a car or a scooter and drive yourself. Make sure to bring your international driver license to do so. Either way, we are sure you will have an amazing experience 🙂

We booked our driver through our hotel.

Transportation cost: 800,000 IDR, private driver, 12 hours

Instagram spots in Yogyakarta

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Sunset at Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta

One thing you should not miss in Yogyakarta is the spectacular sunset scene at Prambanan Temple. It´s quite magical to be surrounded by historical buildings, gorgeous architecture, happy travelers and golden light shining through temples. The grounds are impressive, and you could spend hours exploring this place. Continue reading our complete travel guide for a unique experience: Sunset at Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta.

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Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta

The magical Prambanan Temple was built in the 9th century, and is a hindu temple beyond compare. It reaches 47 meters off the ground, and is one of the biggest and most beautiful temples in Southeast Asia.

It is believed that the temple was constructed by Rakai Pikatan during his reign. However, no one really knows as the temples were moved, abandoned and left unattended for many many years. The temple was re-discovered hundreds of years later, and at that time no one really knew the history of this impressive sight. Because of this, a legend grew forward and was then passed down for generations.

Within the Prambanan Temple grounds, there are around 200+ temples, both large and small. Most of them, are today scattered around the grounds as piles of stones. However, there are 18 temples that have been completely and successfully restored to its former glory. And oh my – they sure are beautiful to look at!

Furthermore, there are 8 main temples, where 3 of them are dedicated to the most important deities in Hindu: Shiva the Destroyer, Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Preserver.

Sunset at Prambanan Temple

The Legend of Prambanan

There is a story about a princess named Roro Jonggrang. She was very beautiful, and had many men asking for her hand in marriage. She attracted a prince named Bandung Bondowoso, who later asked her to marry him. The princess did not want this, and as a way of turning down the proposal, she demanded a thousand temples to be built overnight. The prince, completely in love with her beauty, said that he would do as she demanded.

The story has it that Bandung Bondowoso, together with a horde of spirits built the temples of Prambanan overnight. When the temples were nearly completed and the 999th temple was complete, Roro Jonggrang had ordered the villagers to burn the temples to the ground.

This turned Bandung Bondowoso so mad. Enraged by the princess actions, he cursed her and turned her into a statue to complete the 1,000 temples. Today you can see the stone statue standing inside the Prambanan Temple.

Sunset at Prambanan Temple

Sunset at Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta

We arrived at the temple around 4pm, which allowed us approx. 1 hour the explore the grounds before sunset. There are a lot of other tourists and locals here as well, but not nearly as bad as other temple grounds we’ve been to.

We spent our time walking around the grounds, exploring the temples up close. The details of the architecture is so impressive. Spending the golden hour here was one of the best ways we could have ended our day.

The entrance ticket includes a welcome drink, and also make sure you roam through the local market on your way out. There are local handicrafts, clothes, painting and other things being sold.

Entrance fee: 350.000 IDR per person + 15.000 IDR for parking.

Book your tour: Prambanan Sunset Tour

Sunset at Prambanan Temple

How to get there

There are many ways to get to the Prambanan Temple, and the most popular methods is either by taxi or bus. We had a private driver for the day, and our last stop was Prambanan Temple. It is located 15km outside the city center of Yogyakarta, and it takes approx. 30 minutes to drive there.

Bus: 4000 IDR per person

Taxi: 300.000 IDR in total for 3 hours

Private driver: 950.000 IDR total for 10 hours

Sunset at Prambanan Temple
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Sunrise at Borobudur Temple, Yogyakarta

One of the absolute best things you can do in Yogyakarta is a visit to the Borobudur Temple. More importantly, you can get up super early and enjoy the sunrise at the temple as well! Both the locals and the tourists love it, and you do not want to miss this highlight. Whether you are planning a trip to Yogyakarta in Indonesia, or daydreaming of those bucket list places, you may look no further; this comprehensive guide certainly got you well covered!

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Sunrise at Borobudur Temple

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple

Rise and shine at 3am for one of the best sunrise experiences in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The temple is located approx. 1 hour by car outside the city centre, and is one of the most popular things to do whilst in Yogyakarta.

Borobudur Temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist Monument, and is considered to be one of the world’s Seven Wonders. Overlooking lush, green fields and distant mountains, certainly makes this temple even more beautiful. The architecture is simply amazing, and you can easily spend hours roaming around the grounds.

The temple itself does not open before 6am, and you therefore need to have prebooked your tour in advance. We had our hotel organize it all. Make no mistake though: the sunrise at Borobudur Temple is one of the most popular tours on offer in Java, and it is c r o w d e d!

Entrance ticket: IDR 950.000 or USD 70 incl. breakfast (2 persons)

TIP! There are no drones allowed here.

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple

We spent between 1,5 – 2 hours exploring the grounds of Borobudur Temple. It is not a large temple, and we therefore did not feel the need to book a guide. However, if you prefer having someone to show you around and let you in on all those details – there are plenty of guides waiting to be booked near the entrance. The price varies from IDR 50.000 or USD 5.

After you are done exploring, you may enjoy a buffet breakfast at the restaurant located by the entrance. It is included in your entrance ticket, and is highly recommendable as you will certainly be starving at this point 🙂

Certain places just takes your breath away, and watching the sunrise from Borobudur Temple was such a place for us.

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple

History

The temples was built between AD 780 and 840 by the Sailendra Dynasty, who ruled in Java at the time. The main purpose of the temple was a pilgrimage spot to guide mankind from all desires into enlightenment and wisdom.

The Borobudur Temple is built in a style called Mandala. This style symbolizes the universe according to the Buddhist teaching. The structure is known for being square shaped with four entry points and one circular center point. Further, there are three zones, and the central point is representing Nirvana.

Kamadhatu, Zone 1

The first zone consists of 160 reliefs, illustrating human behaviors such as desire, killing, robbing, rape and torture. A small area of the covering base has been removed so that visitors may see some of the reliefs. If you would like to see the entire photography collection of the reliefs, you may visit the Borobudur Museum to do so 🙂

Rapudhatu, Zone 2

Similarly to the first zone, the second zone also contains reliefs, along with statues of Buddha. There are a total of 328 statues of Buddhas on the second level of the temple, and approx. 1.300 reliefs stretching over 2,5 km.

Arupadhatu, Zone 3

The third level leads to a dome, representing “rising above the world”. The terraces contains circular stupas and sculptures of Buddha. Most importantly, it is the main point of the temple!

Sunrise at Borobudur Temple

How to get there

We decided to rent a private driver as we are lazy (with a big L) and prefer hassle free travel in the middle of the night. We got picket up at 3.30am, and it took us 1 hour by car to reach the temple. The sunrise is around 5 – 5.30am, and this was certainly perfect for us when doing the Sunrise at Borobudur Temple Tour. More importantly, you can sleep on your way there.

Transportation cost: IDR 650.000 or USD 45 (private driver, 5 hours)

For a more budget friendly offer you may also rent a taxi, or take the bus. However you decide to go, you will certainly have a wonderful experience.

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Kampong Phluk Floating Village, Siem Reap

So you have checked off all your bucket list sights and attractions in Siem Reap, and wondering what to do next? We highly recommend you to spend half a day venturing off the beaten path to explore one of the floating villages in Siem Reap! Not only will you have a city escape, but you will also get to experience what the daily life on the river is like. Check out our complete guide on Kampong Phluk Floating Village below 🙂

Read more: How to spend 3 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Kampong Phluk Floating Village

You have a couple of options if you decide on exploring one of the floating villages outside Siem Reap. We asked the locals, and they all recommended a visit to Kampong Phluk Floating Village. And oh boy, are we glad we listened! This ended up being our very favorite thing to do during our days in Cambodia 🙂

The locals who live and work here, have built hand-made houses that are balancing on thick wooden trunks. Even their temples and schools are above water. You will see children paddling to school, fishermen preparing fishing nets, and families cooking food. This is truly a unique way to learn more about life on the Cambodian countryside.

Kampong Phluk Floating Village

Daily life in the floating village

There are over 4,000 people living in Kampong Phluk Floating Village, and while most of them are fishermen, you also find farmers located further out. The village does not have any running water, so the locals rely on the water from the river to do their laundry and cooking.

There are also a lot of crocodiles in the area, which they attempt to trap. Sailing by the village you will see wooden cages containing captured crocodiles in the area. They do not kill them, and they release them far away from the village to ensure they do not hurt any of the residents and visitors.

Visiting Kampong Phluk Floating Village is certainly one of the most unique experiences in Cambodia. For us it was a way to witness the challenges the local people face on a daily basis. We left with more understanding and impressions of the Cambodian life.

Kampong Phluk Floating Village

The Mangrove Forest

When you glide through the floating village, you will also pass a beautiful mangrove forest. Imagine our excitement when we realized you can explore these further for an additional USD 5 per person! Yay!

A friendly local lady took us through a watery maze surrounded by mangrove forest. You can and should experience this when visiting the floating village in Siem Reap. The atmosphere was everything, and this was certainly one of the most authentic local experiences we had during our time in Siem Reap. This part lasts about 30 minutes.

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Kampong Phluk Floating Village

How to get to Kampong Phluk Floating Village

You have plenty of options when it comes to transportation. You can either join an organized public/private day tour, or you can venture out on your own. If you decide to go on a tour this will cost you approx. USD 50 – 80 per person. We decided to go on a tuk-tuk adventure, as this is both cheaper and provides a more private and relaxed experience.

Once you have purchased the entrance ticket to the village (20 USD per person) you will be picked up and escorted to your own longtail boat. You should have seen our faces when we realised that a 10-year old kid would be driving our boat! It was perfectly safe, and he was a very good driver. It just felt a bit… strange?

Kampong Phluk Floating Village
Kampong Phluk Floating Village

Read more: Asia Route: 3-weeks itinerary to Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

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How to spend 3 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap in Cambodia is a pretty awesome place to visit. It is one of the most vibrant and happy places we have visited, despite it´s dark history. The locals are super friendly, the food is great and the activities are many. There are secluded areas off the beaten path just waiting to be discovered around every corner. So, whether you are into photography, temple jumping, history or sightseeing, Siem Reap is the place for you. Check out our complete guide on how to spend 3 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia below!

Read more: Asia Route: 3-week itinerary to Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia

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Things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia

You can spend days, if not weeks exploring this beautiful country. We spent 3 days in Siem Reap, which hardly felt enough. Immerse yourself in beautiful culture, try local delicacies such as spiders or scorpions or imagine being Tomb Raider jumping from temple to temple. There are rivers and beaches, cities and villages, forest and land and the friendly locals are just waiting to give you a heartwarming welcome.

1. Visit the famous Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is one of those natural bucket list places that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. It is the biggest Buddhist temple on the globe, and it took 30 years to build it. Climbing the stairs and sliding through the archways, you will get glimpses of a time long forgotten.

You can easily explore the grounds yourself, or you can join one of the public or private organized tours. Either way, we highly recommend you to either get an English-speaking guide to walk you through this insanely large and interesting complex, or purchase one of the guide books. You can find both guides and books at the entrance.

TIP! It is insanely warm during daytime, so bring loads of water, sunscreen and start your day as early as possible.

To do in Siem Reap

2. Check out Tha Prohm temple

If you are a Tomb Raider fan, you will love Tha Prohm temple. This is the temple that provided the iconic backdrop in the movie, and also lured millions of tourist visiting this place to this day. A mix between stone-structured architecture and Cambodian jungle, leaves visitors completely mesmerized. This is an absolute must-do during your 3 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia trip.

TIP! Start as early as possible to avoid the crowds, this temple is extremely popular.

3. Explore the grounds of Angkor Thom

It is hard to imagine any temple being more beautiful than the Angkor Wat, but the grounds of Angkor Thom are surely in the run. This place is centered on the famous Bayon temple, but visiting this place is so much more. You can cross off sights such as the Royal Enclosure, Baphuon, the Terrace of Elephants and Phimeanakas, and you can easily spend half a day exploring these grounds.

TIP! Make sure you buy one of the delicious freshly made juices at the entrance. Such a refreshener during a hot and very humid Cambodian day!

To do in Siem Reap

4. Explore the city with a tuk-tuk

Tuk-tuk is the most popular way to explore Siem Reap, and is genius for a city adventure. Jump on the back and have the driver just drive you around. You will not regret it, as you take in all the impressions, smells and sights around you. This is the perfect introduction during your 3 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia trip.

To do in Siem Reap

5. Enjoy a cooking class

If you are a foodie like us, one of the things you probably always do is to include either a food tour or cooking class during your travels. Siem Reap in Cambodia is no exception. Immerse yourself in local flavors and spices, learn about Cambodian traditions and just enjoy your culinary creation in the kitchen.

Most cooking classes includes a menu of traditional Khmer dishes using only organic ingredients. These dishes is often sprinkled pools, Amok curry or stir fried chicken and noodles.

Book here: Cooking classes in Siem Reap, Cambodia

To do in Siem Reap

6. Learn about Cambodia´s dark history

There are several museums you can spend your time in, if your are curious to learn more about Cambodias history during your 3 days in Siem Reap. Upon seizing the power in 1975, the Khmer Rouge began a murderous and bloody regime that lasted for 4 years.

Over 2 million people died during these years, and they was either killed, starved or striked down with disease. Pol Put´s brutal regime attempted to turn Cambodia in to a classless, agrarian society.

Here are 5 museums that depict the history of Cambodia;

  • Angkor Panorama National Museum
  • Siem Reap War Museum
  • Cambodia Landmine Museum
  • Cambodia War Remnant Museum
  • Genocide Museum

7. Wander Pub Street

Even if you are not into partying, you should still include a visit to the famous Pub Street in Siem Reap. Here you will find plenty of restaurants, cheap beers, neon signs and backpackers at every bar. There are also plenty of budget hotels in the area, if you are looking for a central and convenient place to crash.

To do in Siem Reap

8. Visit a floating village during your 3 days in Siem Reap

If you are like us who simply love venturing off the beathen path, then this one is for you. Siem Reap is surrounded by several floating villages, and whilst most tourists travel to Tonle Sap, you should set off to Kampong Phluk.

This experience is without a doubt the highlight of our 3 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia adventure. You will see temples, schools and even houses balanced on thick, wooden trunks. Children paddling to school, fishermen preparing the fishing nets, and families cooking food. This is truly a unique way to learn more about life on the Cambodian countryside.

To do in Siem Reap

9. Boat trip through a mangrove forest

One of the most authentic local experiences we had was with this local lady taking us through a watery maze surrounded by mangrove forest. You can and should experience this when visiting the floating village, mentioned above. It is a highly recommended activity, and the atmosphere was just everything!

To do in Siem Reap
To do in Siem Reap
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Vietnam Route: 10-days itinerary in Vietnam

With it´s unique heritage and amazing foods, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling for any traveler. A country of breathtaking natural beauty, dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages. Unforgettable experiences are everywhere. Wondering how to travel through Vietnam or what to do whilst there? Here are the highlights you should see during a 10-days itinerary in Vietnam.

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10 days itinerary in Vietnam

10-days itinerary in Vietnam

This 10-days itinerary in Vietnam is a day by day route taking you to the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay. If you have the time you could easily add more days, and please note that each day includes a link to a detailed article about that specific location. Each article includes many tips and tricks, and suggestions of things to do during your upcoming adventure to Vietnam! 🙂

10 days itinerary in Vietnam

Day 1 – 3: Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is the perfect place to begin your 10-days itinerary in Vietnam. There are tons of activities on offer, restaurants to visit and places to explore. Whether you’ll want to go partying in one of the many roof top bars, eat your heart out or explore the many sights, Vietnam has something for every traveler. The entire city in buzzing with life, and highlights are waiting for your around every corner.

Day 1

We spent our first day strolling the streets of HCMC, visiting what felt like very night market, food stall and street vendor. The city itself is divided in districts, and if you wish to explore every inch of this awesome place you could spend days, if not months doing so. The people are super friendly, very welcoming and genuine. It is hard to not fall in love with this mega-city.

Day 2

On our second day we decided to hit the streets, and booked a private guided food tour. This was without a doubt one of the best decisions we made! Cruising around HCMH on the back of a scooter, eating delicious food and enjoying magnificent views along of the city. This ended up being one of our highlights of our trip, and is highly recommendable.

Read more: Nightlife and food tour in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

10 days itinerary in Vietnam

Day 3

On our third and last day, we decided to venture out of the city and explore the Mekong Delta River. It was so much fun exploring it´s beautiful maze of rivers, floating markets and fruit farms. The long tail boat ride was great, and we had a blast learning about the life around the water. During a day tour you will only see a fraction of the beauty this place has to offer. I therefore highly recommend spending more time in this region, exploring and traveling even deeper to find all the hidden gems.

Read more: A Mekong Delta River Tour, Vietnam

10 days itinerary in Vietnam

DAY 4 – 6: Hoi An

Hoi An is personally one of my favorite towns, and it is super cute!! With its lantern-covered streets, romantic restaurant and colorful shops, its certainly as magical as it is beautiful to look at. The Old Town boost with historic houses, warehouses, Chinese temples, boutique hotels and bars. Spend your days exploring its local markets or beaches, or venture out to the famous Golden Hands Bridge just outside Da Nang. Either way, you will not be disappointed that you added Hoi An to your list!

Read more: 5 awesome things do do in Hoi An, Vietnam

10 days itinerary in Vietnam

Day 7 – 8: Hanoi

In 2016 Hanoi was named the 8th most popular destination in the World by TripAdvisor. The city is 1000 years old, and the history is mind-blowing. Theatres, unique temples, ancient citadels and gorgeous day tours and scenery outside the city walls all offer fun-filled days in the capital. There are gems to be discovered all around Hanoi, and some of these includes colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, mosaic walls and remarkably preserved museums. Make sure to visit as many of these attractions in Hanoi as possible.

Read more: 10 fun things to do in Hanoi, Vietnam

10 days itinerary in Vietnam

Day 9: Halong Bay

You can’t visit Hanoi without also visiting Halong Bay. This beautiful area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. The bay is dotted with 1.600 limestone karst and islets, and is a stunning natural wonder in Northern Vietnam. The tiny islets is covered by forest, and the limestone pillars are rising from the emerald waters of the bay. This is a truly awe-inspiring sight and a vision of beauty.

Most visitors decides to embark on an all-inclusive cruise tour that includes sleeping on board a wooden junk boat. You have the option of doing it as a day tour, or spend 1 or 2 nights on board a traditional boat. We opted for a 2-nights cruise, but looking back we would have only gone with 1 night.

Read more: Halong Bay, Vietnam

10 days itinerary in Vietnam

Day 10: Hanoi

If you wish to add more days to your itinerary, then Hanoi is the perfect base to do so in the northern parts of Vietnam. Whilst there are plenty of activities on offer in Hanoi Itself, you should definitely consider a day trip or two in this region. This way you can truly discover what Hanoi and its surrounding areas are all about. And don’t forget to spend a couple of days exploring the gorgeous hills and villages of Sapa – one of the very highlights of this region,

Read more: 8 best days trips from Hanoi, Vietnam

Getting around in Vietnam

How you decide to travel through Vietnam really just comes down to time and budget. The logistics are impressive, and you have a wide range of options to choose from. Everything from sleeper trains, buses and planes are available for you.

So whether you love exploring the countryside and views from a bus window, or you fancy the idea of going to sleep in one place, only to wake up in another – Vietnam has got you covered!

Bus/Minibus/Van

The roads in Vietnam has been greatly improved the last couple of years, along with the services on offer. However the roads are still narrow and bumpy, which is something you need to take into consideration before venturing out on a 15-hours bus-ride.

Breakdowns are also common, and often require a somewhat lengthy wait as the driver is the one who will repair the bus. You should therefore make sure to pack some water and food just in case your bus decide to break down on a lonely stretch of road.

That being said, traveling by bus is perhaps the most popular way of getting around in Vietnam. It is despite the inconvenience, still easy and straightforward. Also, most buses will stop for toilet and snack break every few hours.

The seats can be somewhat small for us Europeans, as they are made for Asians. And the overnight buses are often made of comfortable sleeper berths – but again, you will be fighting for space.

Most buses have recliner seats, A/C, and provides water and blankets on departure. We took an overnight bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang, and our bus had two storeys with three individual rows of seats.

TIP! If your bus has two storeys, I would recommend requesting for a seat on the ground level when checking in. The bus normally does not offer much space for your day bag or other belongings.

The price for a bus ticket tends to be around 200,000 – 800,000 VND (10 – 30 USD).

Read more: how to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang

Self drive by motorbike/scooter/car

Many tourists decides to rent a car or a motorbike, as this is both adventurous, cheap and provides the most flexibility. And even though there are many positive sides to these options, there are also downsides to consider. The roads in Vietnam are no joke, and the traffic itself has little to no regards for safety. Accidents are common, and hospitals are far away.

If you are considering this option, you need to be a highly skilled driver. And a super human seeing that you will be driving through tsunamis of scooters in the big cities, and roads thinner than an iPhone 10 in the mountains 🙂

Hire a driver

If you enjoy exploring the country from a car, the absolute best way to do so is to hire a driver. Here you will be winning on the comfort, the safety, the views as well as experience the insane traffic in Vietnam. Slightly more expensive than taking the bus, but again – a much better and safer experience than driving by yourself.

And if you are lucky, your driver may turn into a guide showing you those secluded and off the beaten path places! Yay!

By Train

Taking the train is a good option for those who are looking to exploring a different scene than the hectic and buzzling mega cities. From Ho Chi Minh City there is a good rail network providing great access to for example Hue and Da Nang.

Pros: You can travel both during the day and during the night! It is also an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to travel. With A/C, toilets, and stunning views, its no wonder that this alternative is popular with both the locals and backpackers.

Cons: The shortest train journey takes 24 hours.. In other words, if you are short one time, you might wanna skip right down to the plane option like we did.

By Plane

Seeing that plane tickets in Vietnam are generally cheap, it will in most cases be worth spending the extra money on flying. We opted for this alternative during our 10-days itinerary in Vietnam. We found tickets as cheap as 20 USD per person!

When you only have 10 days to explore a place, you are probably looking for a way to maximize your time. And in Vietnam – flights are you very best friend!

When to visit Vietnam during your 10-days itinerary in Vietnam

Vietnam is one of those countries that are complicated to decide when to travel to, especially if you´re planning on visiting the whole country. In many ways its a whole-year destination, as long as you’re not afraid of a little rain.

February to April and August to October are the best months to visit Vietnam during your 10-days itinerary in Vietnam. The temperatures are pleasing, and the rainfall is lighter.

Ho Chi Minh City: Year-around destination. You can expect afternoon downpours between May and November, but that never hurt any touring.

Hoi An: best between February and July. However, it remains relatively warm all year around.

Hanoi: Year-around destination. Hot in the summer, cold in the winter.

Halong Bay: March to June, September and October. Experience warm summer days and clear skies during these months.

How much does Vietnam cost?

From a privileged western perspective Vietnam is insanely cheap. It truly is a backpackers dream when is comes to budget. Both accommodation, food and experiences are reasonably priced, and you can totally blow your budget and still have money to spend for the rest of your travels.

It does depend on how you travel and where you go however, but all in all we found Vietnam to be very affordable. And like most places, the bigger the city – the higher the price.

Average prices in Vietnam

Guesthouse: 5 USD per night (double room)
Hotel: 10 – 60 USD per night
Food: 5 – 10 USD per day (per person)
Transportation: 15 USD (per day)
Motorbike rental: 5 USD (per day)
Sim card: 2 USD (6GB)
Laundry: 1-2 USD (per KG)

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Laos Route: 1-week itinerary through laos

Laos is fun-filled adventures, awesome activities, beautiful sunsets, stunning backdrops and gorgeous views. A 1-week itinerary through Laos shows you the stunning diversity of this country. Go buggy driving, water tubing or trekking in Vang Vieng. Enjoy the sleepy streets or go temple hopping in Vientiane. Explore Luang Prabang – the ultimate haven and one of the prettiest cities we have ever visited on our Laos trip. Here are the highlights you should see during a 1-week itinerary through Laos.

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1-week itinerary through laos

This 1-week itinerary through Laos is a day by day route taking you to the highlights of Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. If you have the time you could easily add more days, and please note that each day includes a link to a detailed article about that location. You are also more than welcome to download the Laos Route detailed itinerary in PDF-format at the bottom of this post.

1-week itinerary through Laos

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Day 1: Vientiane

The sleepy capital of Vientiane, is a great start of your route through Laos. There are not that many must-see attractions here, but there are still a couple of things you simply can not miss. Enjoy a Lao Herbal Sauna and traditional massage in the middle of the forest, or visit the COPE Museum for a heartbreaking insight to the secret War that took place between 1964 and 1973. Eat crispy, local and delicious food or go exploring the town´s quirkier sides at the Buddha Park.

Check out the link below if you want to dive further into the must-do´s during your 1-week itinerary through Laos in Vientiane.

About Vientiane: Things to do in Vientiane

1-week itinerary through Laos

Day 2 – 4: Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is filled with awesome adventures, gorgeous sunsets, amazing backdrops and jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery. You can explore the mountains for perfect picturesque views of the valley. Or you can go lagoon swimming, water tubing, zip lining, mountain climbing and kayaking. The activities on offer are endless, and the number of memorable experiences are countless. Make new travel buddies, or greet old ones. Or get to know the friendly locals at one of the hangout spots around town. Vang Vieng will leave you with awe-inspiring impressions and memories.

Make sure you read the post below on Things to do in Vang Vieng for the absolute highlights during your 1-week itinerary through Laos.

Must Read: Things to do in Vang Vieng

1-week itinerary through Laos

Day 5 – 7: Luang Prabang

This sleepy, yet vibrant town brings a new level of chill into your life as you roam through the streets. Watch the people and soak in the atmosphere in the restaurant street, or go bananas at the Buffet Street. You can rent a bicycle and go sightseeing, or perhaps you would enjoy a waterfall adventure to the Kuang Si Falls. This place is heaven on earth, and truly the ultimate zen destination on your Laos Route.

Make sure you click the link below to see more of what you must do in Luang Prabang during your 1-week itinerary through Laos.

Read More: Things to do in Luang Prabang

1-week itinerary through Laos

Getting around in laos

Laos´s transportation system is an adventure in itself, and is a real patience test for every traveler. Hard seats, crowded buses, long hours, bumpy roads and very small spaces are some of the words that describes the transportations modes in Laos. The most important thing to remember is not to be fooled by maps and distant charts. Short rides can take hours as old vehicles try to crawl up the bumpy, mountainous roads. Sounds fun, right? It actually is quite charming in some really weird way.

In the past couple of years the roads have been upgraded, and its easier to get around than it used to be. However, they only last one or two rainy seasons as they rarely get any maintenance. Breakdowns are also common, and often require a somewhat lengthy wait as the driver is the one who will repair the bus. You should therefore make sure to pack some water and food just in case your bus decide to break down on a lonely stretch of road.

By bus/minibus/van

The local buses provide cheap transportation between the major towns. However, these buses tend to be overloaded, where seats often have torn cushions (if you’re lucky). Also remember that these buses are designed for the smaller Lao frame.

We therefore opted for the air-conditioned VIP buses throughout our 1-week itinerary through Laos. These are a bit more pricier, but so worth it if you ask us. You can purchase tickets from your guesthouse/hotel or traveler´s cafés. For the local buses you may purchase the tickets from the town´s bus station. We prebooked all of our tickets through 12go.asia to ensure we got the best buses. This worked out perfectly fine, but was a bit more expensive than the options above 🙂

Kindly also note that the transport vehicle can be changed from bus to minibus, depending on how many passengers there are on the trip.

If you prefer to travel with a minibus or van, you can easily book this as well. The prices tend to be higher than for the local buses, but the travel time will usually be a bit quicker. Prepare to feel just as crammed as on the regular buses though. They really are designed for the Lao frame.

1-week itinerary through Laos

Self drive by Motorbike/car

You can also hire a car or a motorbike to self-drive across the country. However, it is highly recommendable to hire a driver as well due to the road conditions. This option might therefore cost a little more. I am guessing somewhere in between USD 40 to USD 100 per day, depending on which route your taking.

You should also try to avoid driving after dark and before dusk. Buffaloes, chickens, cows, dogs and thousands of people head to home on these unlit roads. It is really hard to see them, making them into a dangerous obstacle course.

TIP! If you are on the back of a motorbike, bring a face mask. The dust from the road is highly uncomfortable without one.

1-week itinerary through Laos

By plane

The domestic flights tends to get cancelled due to fog or other weather conditions. It is highly recommendable to confirm your flights departure a day or two in advance. Also, it´s best to book ahead of time, as the flights fills up fast.

when to visit laos during your 1-week laos trip

October until April are the best months to visit Laos during your 1-week itinerary through Laos. There is a year-round temperature of 25*C, although in the wet season between May and September it can get a lot warmer. Wet season is not as bad as it sounds either. It is daily heavy, but short rainfalls, where some days are cloudy and other days are gorgeous.

May – September: the rainy season in Laos runs from May until beginning of October, and can make a real mess of the countries dirt roads. The hottest months are in May and June, and the heaviest rainfalls are generally from August to September.

October – April: the dry season in Laos runs from October to April. November and January tends to be the best time to visit Laos, as the daytime temperature are warm, and evenings are slightly cooler. The countryside is green, lush and gorgeous in vivid colors after the rains.

Read more: Kuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang

1-week itinerary through Laos

how much does laos cost?

Your budget for a 1-week Laos route depends on where you stay, how you travel in between destinations and what activities you book. A stay at a hotel will range from 20 – 60 USD per night depending on the popularity of the destination. Its the same for eating, where Laos food ranges from 1 – 5 USD per meal.

Average prices in laos

⛺ Guesthouse: 15 USD per night (double room)
🏨 Hotel: 20 – 60 USD per night
🌯 Food: 5 – 10 USD per day (per person)
🚗 Transportation: 10 USD (per day)
🛵 Motorbike rental: 5 USD (per day)
📡 Sim card: 2 USD (6GB)
👖 Laundry: 1-2 USD (per KG)

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7 awesome things to do in Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is described as the “jewel of Indochina”, and let me tell you – it is well worth its reputation. This is the capital of zen, the ultimate haven and one of the prettiest cities we have ever visited. We have made a list of 7 awesome things to do in Luang Prabang, Laos. This Travel Guide gives you the low-down on them all!

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what to do in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is one of those places you just have to experience for yourself. It´s hard to describe its great atmosphere in words. This sleepy, yet vibrant town brings a new level of chill into your life as you roam down the streets. Watch the people and soak in the atmosphere in the restaurant street, or go bananas at the Buffet Street. You can rent a bicycle and go sightseeing, or perhaps you would enjoy a waterfall adventure to the Kuang Si Falls.

There are so many awesome things to do, and you should plan on spending about 2-3 nights here.

1. Embark on a Mekong River cruise

One of the highlight in Luang Prabang must be a lazy boat ride on the Mekong River. Imagine just floating down the waterways, enjoying the most stunning sunset with a picture-perfect backdrop. On both sides you will have mountains covered in lush forest, gorgeous vistas, palm trees and banana trees. There are few things in life which gets better than moments like these.

Book here: Mekong River Cruise, Luang Prabang

Things to do in Luang Prabang
Things to do in Luang Prabang

2. Spend a day at Kuang Si Waterfalls

Hire a scooter or jump on a shared tuk-tuk and venture out to Kuang Si Falls for one of the best experiences in Laos! Turquoise water, cascading waterfalls and three-tiered swimming holes are just some of the magnificent views you will encounter. You can swim in the blue lagoons or hike to the very top of the falls for a stunning view. The choices are endless, and this is an absolute must-do during your stay in Luang Prabang!

Read more: Kuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang

Things to do in Luang Prabang
Things to do in Luang Prabang

3. Mount Phousi – a must on things to do in Luang Prabang

Mount Phousi is probably the coolest kid in town when it comes to watching the sunset. It offers 360-degree views of the charming, small town. You will have an awesome view of the river surrounding it and its distant mountains. You have to hike up 300 stairs to get to the top, but rest assured – its completely worth it. AND you can cross of your gym session for the day 🙂

Be sure to start climbing those stairs early to avoid the crowds on your way up though. Every other traveler in Luang Prabang wants to see the sunset from above as well.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

4. Eat at the Buffet Street

The buffet street is a backpackers dream, and probably one of the cheapest, coolest and most tasteful meals in Luang Prabang! You pay for a bowl, and you fill it with everything you want. And the choices are truly endless, ranging from tasty locals dishes as meat, fish and vegetarian. Its located in a narrow alley just next to the night market, and it’s filled with stalls offering market style buffets. The seating is communal so it´s a great place to meet other travelers, exchange stories and perhaps make some new friends 🙂

Things to do in Luang Prabang

5. Enjoy the lantern-lit night market

The night market is located in the very heart of the town, and is open from 5pm to 23pm every night. If you are unsure of which market to choose whilst in Southeast Asia, this one should definitely be on top of your list. Its one of the most lively, colorful and fun markets, where local vendors sell their unique and incredible wood carvings, clothes, jewellery and other lovely handicrafts.

TIP! Its most fun to visit the market at 8pm as the vibe makes for a fun night out 🙂

Things to do in Luang Prabang

6. Hire a scooter and explore the countryside

This is a great place to hire a scooter and just venture off into the unknown, exploring the surroundings of the Lao countryside. There is a nice absence of traffic on the main roads, and you will feel like you have this place all to yourself. Surrounded by lush forest, palm trees and small wooden houses – yes please 🙂

Things to do in Luang Prabang

7. explore the impressive temples of Luang Prabang

In 1887 almost all of the cities temples we destroyed when a mercenary army from China looted the town. Today there are 34 beautiful temples located in Luang Prabang, and you can easily spend a day exploring them. They are all very marvellous and glorious, and create a serene and special mystical feeling to the place.

Things to do in Luang Prabang

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Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang

Everyone we met told us that Kuang Si Waterfalls in Luang Prabang could not be missed. And for once, the reality met the expectations. This place is strikingly beautiful, and certainly not to be missed. You can swim in the turquoise water or hike to the top of the falls for a magnificent view. If you have time, you can also hike to the butterfly park where you can swim amongst thousands of colorful butterflies. This comprehensive Travel Guide to Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang, has got you covered.

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a travel guide to Kuang Si falls in laos

We first saw a stunningly beautiful picture of the falls on Facebook, and knew immediately we had to make a trip there. The place is ranked as one of the absolute best things to do whilst in Luang Prabang. And there are so many reasons for it! Adding this awe-inspiring waterfall to your itinerary in Laos, is one of the best travel decisions you will make. This place could very well be the highlight of your trip to Laos!

Location: 29km from Luang Prabang

Opening Hours: 8am to 5.30pm every day

Entrance Fee: KIP 20.000/ USD 2 per person

Best time to visit: Ideally before 10am during weekdays, earlier during weekends. This way you avoid the busloads of tourists arriving around 12pm.

Ready to open the doors to Narnia? Let’s go!


1. Check out the Kuang Si falls local market

You’ll walk past the local market next to the parking area, at the very beginning of Kuang Si Waterfalls. They sell everything from food, Beer Lao, local souvenirs, handicrafts and clothes. It´s small, but the people are lovely and the food is even better.

2. Learn about their Bear Rescue Center

There is a wonderful center operated, which is home to over 20 Asiatic Black Bears. They have all been rescued from living in cages, being transporten between farms or used for entertainment. At the Bear Rescue center in Kuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang, they are happy and healthy. They have large enclosures filled with pools, areas to play at, hammock etc. It´s all thanks to Free the Bears, and if you would like to contribute, you can make a donations or buy one of their t-shirts 🙂

3. follow the trail through emerald pools

You start your trip at the lowest pool, before wandering to the top where you will find the main waterfall. However, we really enjoyed this area of the park the most. There were fewer people there, and the colors surrounding us was pure magic. We felt like we were in a fairy tale from the very beginning, with water flowing over the limestone rocks into the turquoise pools. There is this super cute bridge also, which is the perfect spot for a nice, little photo session 🙂

The closer you get to the top, the more people you will see. But at this point you don’t care. You are way to occupied soaking in the impressions from walking through and around each pool. Surrounded by tropical trees, people swimming under the falls and taking endless amount of pictures.

Selfie at the bridge in Kuang S9 Waterfalls, Luang Prabang

4. hike to the top of the falls

If you are adventure-seekers like us, who always look for a way to travel deeper and explore areas of the beaten path, then this is perfect for you. On either side of the main waterfall there are paths leading you to the top of the cascading waterfall. Most visitors don’t venture up here, and they are definitely missing out on probably the most epic view of all – the one at the top.

TIP! Take the path on the right side of the bridge when you go up, and the one on the lift side when walking down. Its smoother, step-free and makes the hike easier.

The hike takes approximately 15-20 minutes, and isn’t too strenuous. The terrain however, might be a bit tricky as some parts are without railings, and other parts are muddy due to water flowing over the trail. The hike up is completely worth it though, and you will be rewarded with a gorgeous view, few to no other people, and small, private pools where you can cool off. There is also a love-boat leaving every 20-minutes taking you further into the lagoon for more captivating surroundings.

If you have time, it is also highly recommended by travelers to venture deeper into the forest until you reach the Butterfly Park. Unfortunately we didn’t have time for this, but apparently you can swim amongst thousands of colorful and gorgeous butterflies! How amazing is that?!

View from the top of the waterfall in Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang

5. swim in the turquoise water

After your hike to the top of the fall, you can return back down to the best part of your day at Kuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang. Yep, you guessed it! Swimming in the pools of turquoise, emerald water! The pools near the restaurant have changing rooms, and this is also the most popular pool to jump in to. There are rope swings and trees to jump from.

We decided to jump into one of the lower pools, as we had this one all to ourselves! And it was spectacular 🙂

Kindly note that there are certain areas and pools that are off limit as they are considered sacred by the local population. There are signs of “no swimming” in all of these areas.

Swimming in the pools in Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang

what to bring

  1. Mosquito spray. There is a slight chance of Dengue Fever in Laos – better safe, than sorry 🙂
  2. Sunscreen.
  3. Proper shoes. If you plan on hiking to the top of the fall, then regular flip flops won’t be your best friend trough the somewhat steep and muddy trail. We learned this the hard way.. 🙂
  4. Swimming gear and towel.
  5. Dry bag for your valuables and clothes.
  6. Camera/phone
  7. Food and drinking water. It is much more cozy to have a picnic beneath the waterfall, than to eat at the somewhat slow, average and expensive restaurant on sight 🙂
Turquoise pools in Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang

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how to get to Kuang Si Waterfalls

Kuang Si Waterfalls is located approximately 29km outside the center of Luang Prabang. It should take you a solid 45 minutes to get there, and it is surprisingly easy to get there. There are tons of transportation options for you to choose from, and there is something for every budget and adventure level.

By tuk tuk

For around USD 25, you can hire your own private tub tuk for the day. This is the perfect alternative if you wish to have more control over your own schedule. The driver will wait for you at the falls, and take you back to Luang Prabang whenever you are ready for that. Your hotel can assist you in booking a tub tuk, or you can just find one on the street and start exploring 🙂

Shared tuk tuk

The most common way to get to the falls is to join one of the shared tuk tuks. They fit 6-7 people, and the price should be around USD 5 per person if all seats are taken. Drivers will wait until they have a group ready to go, so you might risk waiting some time for other passengers. You will also have to agree on a set leaving time together with your group and driver. If you like flexibility then this might not be the choice for you 🙂

By mini van

There are shuttle services between Luang Prabang and Kuang Si Falls every day, and the tickets cost about USD 7 per person. The departure and return time are set in advance, so you might not get as many hours as you’d like. The advantage however is the price, and this is one of the most economical ways to get to the falls.

Kindly note that these shuttle buses stops at each passenger´s hotel to pick them up, so you will likely spend more than 45 minutes to get to the fall.

private mini van

For USD 30 per day, you can hire a private car or mini van. This is by far the most comfortable option, and can be quite economical if you are a group of friends. You will also have the flexibility in deciding when to depart and return from the falls. More importantly, you will have air-condition both ways.

By boat

A 1-hour boat ride down the Mekong is probably one of the most romantic ways to get to the falls. This way of transportation will provide you with views that no car ride can. Rugged, wild mountaintops, glimpses of local life, jungle and winding trees. When your boat ride is complete, you will be picked up by a driver who will transport you to the beginning of Kuang Si Waterfalls. Sounds pretty wonderful right?

Book here: Tours to Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang

By scooter/motorbike

We opted for this alternative, as we are keen on doing most things independently. We paid USD 20 for a day + gas and parking at Kuang Si Falls. However, this is only recommendable if you are a skilled driver. The roads overall, are not very well maintained, and tourist motorbike accidents happens often. You therefore really need to make sure that you have calculated the risks before deciding to go for this alternative.

You also need to make sure that you hire your scooter or motorbike from a reliable agency. I would rather pay a little more for trustworthy service, than to be scammed by a dodgy agency. Also, make sure to wear helmets and proper clothing. You should never leave belongings on the bike, and always make sure that your bike is locked properly when parked.

If you can check of these boxes, then you are ready to go to Kuang Si Waterfalls on a scooter/motorbike 🙂 Have fun!

How to get to Kuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang

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How to spend 3 days in Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng is beautiful sunsets, awesome backdrops of cliffs and gorgeous views of green paddy fields. The town itself is no gem, but the scenery surrounding it is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Spend a couple of days here, rent a buggy, go water tubing or trekking, or just enjoy the views of Laos most picturesque spots. Read all about how to spend 3 days in Vang Vieng, Laos below.

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A travel guide including 6 must-do activities in Vang Vieng, Laos

Things to do in Vang Vieng

There are so many activities on offer in Vang Vieng, that it can drive you dizzy sometimes. We have put together a travel guide with our top 6 activities you should include during your stay. These activities varies from water tubing, zip lining, swimming in lagoons to watching gorgeous sunsets with the most amazing backdrops. You should plan to spend 3 days if you want to include all of the memorable experiences below.

1. hot air balloon ride

You should start your very first day with an awesome Hot Air Balloon ride offering insane views of Vang Vieng. This is the perfect way to start exploring this picturesque town. You will see all the hidden spots, layouts and things you simply must do during your stay. And more importantly, it is one of the cheapest Hot Air Balloon rides in the world! The price tag is currently at USD 100 per person.

Book here: Hot Air Balloon in Vang Vieng, Laos


2. go on a ziplining adventure

One of the best things to do in Vang Vieng is to enjoy a mega scary, fun-filled ride in one of their zip-line parks. They have several unique platforms, all offering different ziplines or bridges. Most trails are a couple of kilometers long, and ziplining through the forest of Vang Vieng is a real adventure. The guides are great and took really good care of us throughout this experience. More importantly, they take the security very seriously, and you will go through a comprehensive security course and check before you can start your adventure 🙂

TIP! Make sure to wear proper sneakers. We wore flip-flops, which was t.e.r.r.i.b.l.e.

Book here: Zip Line Adventure in Vang Vieng, Laos

Getting ready to zip line in Vang Vieng, Laos

3. water tubing down the river

Other than ziplining, this must be one of the best ways to spend a day in Vang Vieng. Nearly everyone has heard about the famous water tubing experience, and it is super fun! The best part is: you don’t have to get trashed to do it! Imagine just floating down the river in a tube, enjoying the scenery, relaxing and soaking up the sun, with a cold one in your hand. It´s a cool experience, with a chilled out vibe. And much safer than it was a decade ago 🙂

You have two options if you want to go water tubing. You can either join a tour with a travel agency. This option is often combined with other activities such as kayaking or climbing. If you want a bit more up beat experience and a taste of the party scene, you can do it yourself.

  1. Rent a tube at one of the offices in town. The cost is approximately USD 5 per tube, and you will also have to pay USD 5 for deposit. This one is returned back to you if you deliver the tube back before 6pm.
  2. Jump in the back of a tuk-tuk and head 3km down the Nam Song River to the beginning of the tubing trail.
  3. Throw your tube in the water and start floating.
  4. There are 2 bars along the river which you can stop at and enjoy various foods and drinks. And of course make some new friends as well 🙂
Water tubing in Vang Vieng
Water tubing in Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, Laos

4. Rent a buggy – a highlight during your 3 days in Vang Vieng

We rented a buggy for a day, which ended up being one of our favorite things to do in Vang Vieng. There are several offices in town where you can rent your buggy at. Just start walking and within minutes you have booked yourself an experience for a lifetime. You will be provided with a map, and from there you can literally drive everywhere. The most popular routes are the 5 lagoons, where you can swim and enjoy the lagoons. You can also drive to one of the caves, or to the beginning of the hiking treks to enjoy some spectacular views.

TIP! Make sure you book one of the bigger buggy’s, as they are more comfortable, and much more fun than the small ones. Also, don’t wear clothes you can’t throw away after. We had road dust all over us, and ended up throwing our clothes afterwards.

Buggy driving in the countryside of Vang Vieng, Laos
Buggy driving in the countryside of Vang Vieng, Laos

5. go swimming in one of the lagoons

Perhaps the most relaxing activity is to go swim in one of the many lagoons around town. There are 3 lagoons that all are accessible as a packaged tour. However, you can also venture out on your own and visit all 5 lagoons in Vang Vieng. To do so, you can either rent a buggy, go by tuk-tuk or rent a bicycle to get there. It is amazing jumping in the clear blue waters after a hot bicycle tour. This is one of the loveliest activities in our 3 days in Vang Vieng Travel Guide.

Read more: Tours and activities in Vang Vieng, Laos

6. watch the sunset – a must during your 3 days in Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng must be one of the places on earth with the most amazing sunsets. Everywhere you go in town, you can see the sky changing color when the suns sets behind the horizon. To add to this already beautiful backdrop, people are lighting up sky lanterns and hot air balloons starts flying. It is such a highlight during your 3 days in Vang Vieng. We found several spots where you can watch the sunset from, and here are our favorites:

Earth bar

Smile Beach bar

Sunset at Smile Beach bar in Vang Vieng, Laos

Nam Song river

Sunset at Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, Laos

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