Vang Vieng

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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.
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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 13 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 10 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 11 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 14 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 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$18

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See all hotels in Vang Vieng.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Champa Lao Bungalows

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 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Abby Boutique Guesthouse

Abby Boutique Guesthouse

Abby Boutique Guesthouse is located in Vang Vieng. Free WiFi access is available. Fitted with air-conditioning, each room here provides a fan, a dining table and a flat-screen cable TV. You can enjoy a mountain view. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Sisavang Guesthouse

Sisavang Guesthouse

Located in Vangvieng Town, Sisavang Guesthouse is a 10-minute walk from Nam Song River. It offers cosy rooms with free Wi-Fi and on-site parking. Guests enjoy complimentary tea and coffee at the lobby. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$33

$33-
Moradok 2 Resort

Moradok 2 Resort

Located opposite of Song River, Moradok 2 Resort features cosy rooms with either river or mountain views. It features a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage. Moradok 2 Resort is located 2 km away from Jung Cave. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$33

$33-
Hotel Vilayvong

Hotel Vilayvong

Hotel Vilayvong is located in central Vang Vieng, within a 5-minute walk from the local ethnic school and Nam Song River. Providing free Wi-Fi in public areas, it also has a tour desk and bicycle rentals. Parking is free. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34 - $40

$34-
Phou Ang Kham 2 Hotel

Phou Ang Kham 2 Hotel

Phou Ang Kham 2 is located 2 km from the tubing and bungee jumping spots. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a balcony and free Wi-Fi. The property features a tour desk, shuttle service and luggage storage. The property is 7 km from Phou Kham... Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-
Domon Guesthouse

Domon Guesthouse

Domon Guesthouse offers comfortable rooms with a private balcony and a seating area. Featuring free on-site parking, it is a 10-minute ride from tubing spots. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the residence. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-
Khampaseuth hotel

Khampaseuth hotel

Khampaseuth Hotel is a 5-minute walk from city centre. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel is equipped with a tour desk and shuttle service. There is a computer corner in the lobby area. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-
Mountain River View Guesthouse

Mountain River View Guesthouse

Set in Vang Vieng, 400 metres from Post Office, Mountain River View Guesthouse features a restaurant and free WiFi. Views of the mountain, river or city are featured in certain rooms. There is a tour desk at the property. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$38

$38-
Champalao The Villa

Champalao The Villa

Champalao The Villa is approximately a 7-minute walk from the town centre of Vang Vieng. It offers simple yet cosy accommodation to ensure guests a comfortable stay. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the residence. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$40 - $60

$40-
Bearlinbungalow

Bearlinbungalow

Surrounded by towering and stunning limestone hills, Bearlinbungalow welcomes guests with six bungalows and an on-site restaurant. For guests to stay connected, free WiFi is available in all areas. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$40

$40-
Thavisouk Hotel

Thavisouk Hotel

Located on the banks of Nam Song River, Thavisouk is a 3-minute drive from downtown Vang Vieng. It offers free Wi-Fi and scenic views of limestone hills or the river. Rooms come with a private balcony and an en suite bathroom. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$45 - $30

$45-
Vieng Tara Villa

Vieng Tara Villa

Vieng Tara Villa is a 2-minute walk from Nam Sing Riverfront. It offers villas with free Wi-Fi in public areas. The property features a luggage storage and free public parking. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$47

$47-
Thavonsouk Resort

Thavonsouk Resort

Located along Nam Song River, Thavonsouk Resort features cosy rooms with private balconies. It has a restaurant and free Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the property. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
The Elephant Crossing Hotel

The Elephant Crossing Hotel

Located along the banks of the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, this hotel offers rooms with stunning river and mountain views. It offers a Laotian restaurant and free Wi-Fi. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50 - $80

$50-
The Grand Riverside Hotel

The Grand Riverside Hotel

Offering comfortable rooms with picturesque views of the surrounding mountains, The Grand Riverside Hotel is located just 100 metres from Nam Song River Bridge and 600 metres from Jang Cave. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Vansana Vangvieng Hotel

Vansana Vangvieng Hotel

Vansana Vangvieng Hotel is situated on the banks of Nam Song River. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a balcony and free Wi-Fi. Guests can relax by the pool or indulge in massage treatments. Daytrips can be organised at the tour desk. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55

$55-

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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