Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng, photo by Nick Hubbard
 

Vang Vieng is a town on the Nam Song River, located in Vientiane Province, several hours by road north of the capital city of Laos, Vientiane.

The area is known for its extraordinary karst hill landscapes, which provide a range of outdoor and adventure activities. Most popular are tubing and kayaking on the river, hiking and climbing the karst mountains, and exploring the many caves in the region.

Vang Vieng is especially oriented toward younger backpacker travelers, with the main street featuring guest houses, bars, restaurants, internet cafes, and tour agencies.  But this is changing as the town clamps down on rowdiness and as other travelers discover the area.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   Lonely Planet
   Rough Guide

 

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Amy Guesthouse

Comfortable rooms with mountain views are provided at Amy Guesthouse. Guests enjoy free wired internet access at the lobby. Amy Guesthouse is a 30-minute drive from Blue Lagoon and approximately a 40-minute ride from Elephant Cave. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$26

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Khamphone Hotel

Khamphone Hotel features bright and airy rooms with air conditioning and the convenience of a restaurant. It offers free Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the hotel. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

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Champa Lao Bungalows

Located by Nam Song River, Champa Lao Bungalows is a 5-minute walk from the city centre. It offers rooms and bungalows with free Wi-Fi. The property is equipped with a tour desk, shuttle service and luggage storage. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

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Chanthala Guesthouse

Located in Vang Vieng, 300 metres from Post Office, Chanthala Guesthouse features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Chanthala Guesthouse features free WiFi . Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$11

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Saykham Guesthouse

Mesah View Guesthouse is located in the city center of Vangvieng. It offers comfortable rooms and free Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the property. Mesah View Guesthouse is only a 5-minute walk from tubing spot. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$18

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Sicily Hotel

Sicily Hotel

Sicily Hotel is set in Vang Vieng, 1.4 km from ShootUpVV Paintball. Sicily Hotel features free WiFi throughout the property. A flat-screen TV is featured. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The inn also offers car hire. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

$20-
Vang Vieng Boutique Resort

Vang Vieng Boutique Resort

Located in a quiet garden setting, Phongsavanh Resort is a 5-minute walk across the old airfield to the main street of Vang Vieng, as well as the night market. Free WiFi access is available in the restaurant. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

$20-
Inthila Garden Guesthouse

Inthila Garden Guesthouse

Situated in Ban Khouaphan, 1.9 km from Vang Vieng, Inthila Garden Guesthouse features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. The rooms come with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

$20-
Malany Hotel

Malany Hotel

Malany Resort is located in the centre of Vang Vieng, just 500 metre away from Southern Bus Terminal. It offers non-smoking rooms with free Wi-Fi and the convenience of an on-site restaurant and on-site parking. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$21

$21-
Thavikhoun Guesthouse

Thavikhoun Guesthouse

Thavikhoun Guesthouse is a 2-minute drive from Van Vieng Bus Terminal. Offering air-conditioned rooms, the guesthouse is a 5-minute walk from the city centre and night market. Free public parking is possible on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$22

$22-
Salikanya Guesthouse

Salikanya Guesthouse

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Salikanya Guesthouse is set in Vang Vieng, 1.3 km from ShootUpVV Paintball. Free private parking is available on site. Each room includes a TV. Some rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$22

$22-
Inten Guesthouse

Inten Guesthouse

Inten Guesthouse is situated in Vang Vieng, 400 metres from Vang Vieng Hospital and 600 metres from Post Office. Organic Mulbery Farm Cafe is 700 metres from Inten Guesthouse, while Tham Chang Elephant Cave is 1.3 km from the property. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$22

$22-
Maylay Guesthouse

Maylay Guesthouse

Maylay Guesthouse is a 2-minute walk from Nam Song Riverfront. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and free public parking. The guesthouse provides luggage storage and laundry service. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$23

$23-
Viengsavanh Guesthouse

Viengsavanh Guesthouse

Located in Vang Vieng City, Viengsavanh Guesthouse is just a 5-minute walk from Wat That Temple. It offers comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms and the convenience of a 24-hour front desk. Free Wi-Fi is available in the public area. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$23

$23-
TCK View Guesthouse

TCK View Guesthouse

TCK View Guesthouse is a 10-minute drive from Song Riverfront. It offers modern air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The guesthouse features a tour desk, laundry service and airport shuttle. Free public parking is possible at a nearby location. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$24

$24-
My Villa Home

My Villa Home

Featuring free WiFi, My Villa Home is set in Vang Vieng, 500 metres from Vang Vieng Hospital. Organic Mulbery Farm Cafe is 700 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$25

$25-
Laos Haven Hotel & Spa

Laos Haven Hotel & Spa

Located 800 metre away from Vang Vieng Bus Station, Laos Haven Hotel & Spa offers simply furnished rooms with en suite bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$25

$25-
Popular View Guesthouse

Popular View Guesthouse

Located by the Nam Song River in the town of Vang Vieng, the Popular View Guesthouse is surrounded by mountain scenery. The guest house offers a restaurant and a tour desk. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$25 - $45

$25-
Soutjai Guesthouse & Restaurant

Soutjai Guesthouse & Restaurant

Centrally located, Soutjai Guesthouse & Restaurant is a 10-minute walk to That Temple. It features free Wi-Fi and free parking on site. A 30-minute drive to Khayak point, the guest house is a 3-hour ride from Wattay Vientiane Airport. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$25

$25-
Amy Guesthouse

Amy Guesthouse

Comfortable rooms with mountain views are provided at Amy Guesthouse. Guests enjoy free wired internet access at the lobby. Amy Guesthouse is a 30-minute drive from Blue Lagoon and approximately a 40-minute ride from Elephant Cave. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$26

$26-
Mountainview Riverside Boutique Hotel

Mountainview Riverside Boutique Hotel

A 2-minute walk from Nam Song River, Mountainview Riverside Boutique Hotel features cosy rooms with balconies overlooking mountains. Guests enjoy free coffee and tea at the lobby area, as well as free WiFi which is available throughout the hotel. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$26

$26-
Vangvieng Boutique Hotel

Vangvieng Boutique Hotel

Centrally located in Vang Vieng, Vangvieng Boutique Hotel is 4 km to the tubing spot. It offers free WiFi throughout the property. Free parking is available. A chargeable shuttle service is provided. Phou Kham Cave is 7 km away. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$27

$27-

Highlighted Interests:

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

Inner Tubing Center

Vang Vieng has been known as a place to hire an inner tube and flotat down the Nam Song River for the day, perhaps stopping in at the beer joints along the way. The city has removed the bars to reduce rowdiness. But inner tubing remains a popular and relaxing way to enjoy the river, stay cool, and slowly drift past great scenery.
Geologic Formations

Karst-Based Mountains

Vang Vieng ranks with the karst country of China around Yangshuo as among the most beautiful limestone karst scenery in the world. The karsts are formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum, and are characterized by dramatic formations above ground and sinkholes and caves underground.
Caves
There are numerous caves in the area. Taking your own flashlight (ideally headlamp) is a good idea. Among the main caves are:

Tham Poukham - Blue Lagoon, (7 km west from town). A spring fed lagoon at the bottom of "Golden Cave". The cave above requires a modest 100 m climb up a makeshift bamboo ladder. Once inside, there is a short walk to the Sleeping Golden Buddha and glimmering stalactites about 300 m further inside. The outside area is a nice place to relax, swim and play on the rope swing.

Padeng cave and Ring cave. Guides are required as these caves involve complicated navigation and entrance signs indicate that guides are mandatory.

Xang Cave. The cave is well lit and has stairs running throughout that makes it an easy self-guided tour. One part has a really nice view of the farms surrounding the city.
Other Interests:
Natural
Kayaking and Canoeing
Scenic Waterways
Lowland Mountains
Hiking and Trekking
Climbing

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