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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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 (2019).
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2. Go on a zip-line 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.
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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.
- 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.
- Jump in the back of a tuk-tuk and head 3km down the Nam Song River to the beginning of the tubing trail.
- Throw your tube in the water and start floating.
- 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 🙂
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 smaller 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.
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 to jump 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.
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:
Smile Beach bar
Nam Song river
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