Undoubtedly it is the best outdoor sporting heaven in Laos. It is probably one of the last surviving peaceful environment on this planet indeed.
Nightlife is outrageous - if you like party, you must go!
Is a very small rising city that is rapidly becoming a tourist destination. Don't expect too much as there are limited activities you can do here.
The major attracting is the kayak and tube rafting which is about 5KM long. However there are river bars along the route so take your time. If you visit the blue lagoon (approx 15km away) you can either go jump in the pond or climb up to the cave however prepare a face mask during dry weather as the route can get very dusty because you'll be travelling on red soil. If it had rain earlier in the day, be prepared for a rough ride as the road will be very muddy.
Its beautiful, but unfortunately its received more visitors than it can handle and has negatively impacted the culture of the area in my opinion.
blue lagoon is a nice place, we can play in clear water and the air is fresh. if you don't want to get wet, you can just relax and enjoy the view.
landscape along the river, you can see people canoing, get to hot air baloon, tubing and a lot of activities that you can do
Van Vieng is a good size village, with restaurants and places to have a drink. It is a great place for young people with outdoor activities, kayaking, boating, walking and climbing.
Also a good place to come with a group of friends to create own atmosphere as there is not much to do.
Once known as the party place of Laos, Vang Vieng is trying to change its image to be more of an outdoor activities and beautiful scenery place! The mountains around the town are stunning and you can take endless pictures here! There are loads of nature/outdoor activity options for lots of different prices.
I did the tubing and it was fun! There was a variety of ages (some 50+) but mostly youngish folk. You can definitely still do the tubing and not go to any bars and it would still be a good experience! But I think most people did a kayaking trip instead of tubing! I also went out on a scooter to the blue lagoon and cave - which is a hard drive in wet season - don't drive if you are not experienced but I think in dry season it would be fine for beginner drivers (just watch the pot holes). Blue lagoon is very touristy but still a nice cool dip and the cave is quite cool. I think on the way out to the blue lagoon there are multiple other caves/lagoon you can go to - I didn't have the time but I heard good things about these. Both nights I ended up at the Irish bar - which was great! I also ate one night one the street (a burger and a pancake - both yum - good for a budget traveler) and one night at the thai-german guys place and had an amazing schnitzel and fresh raedler beer. I would definitely recommend it here, even for families!
Had a good stay hired a motorbike for 3 days to see all round went to blue lagoon v good this place is for the younger set plenty of bars & music but out of town are some great scenes to see
Vang Vieng is a city with lots of outdoor activities. There is tubing or kayaking down Nam Song River, visiting cave, zip lining, waterfall, rock wall climbing and etc.
There are plenty of restaurant that serve western dishes and cheap beer. Plenty of guest house. A place where you can make friends easily. Very close to nature. With great scenery for relaxation.
Vang Vieng is a fun town. There are quite a lot of young people - which is nice and adds to a light hearted atmosphere.
My girlfriend and I went tubing and saw some caves and went to the blue lagoon. The caves were amazing and huge, the blue lagoon is a great place to relax, swim and dive into the water. Now in Luang Prabang I do miss the lively atmosphere of Vang Vieng a little. The bars are very relaxed there and helpful.
If you are under 30 and want to party and act like an disrespectful tourist - you will love this place.
The locals call the party kids Zombies because of the under dressed girls and the gap year Brits. 20-30 deaths a years due to drugs and drinking. kids don't send yourself home in a body bag. Your parents deserve more. Enjoy the sights. Be polite and represent your country.
Vang Vieng is like New York City, returning to this town is fueled by a love-hate relationship for most people.
This is a once-small town struggling to grow with the tourist boom. Lack of modernity and infrastructure everywhere in Laos is a given, as travelers we are all part of the struggle. Enjoying Vang Vieng is more about management expectations and being open to discovering the hidden layers inside this very beautiful spot and the truly getting to know the locals. There are always a few scammers, just like NYC. And yet, you will find warm, friendly Lao people are everywhere you turn. Just don't expect travel advice from someone making banana pancakes for a buck and change. Chok Dee deu.
Vang Vieng is a small town which is known for tubing and its water sports, however, over the years, pollution from the riverside bars may have made the river less clean than most people believe.
Regardless, there are more things to do than tubing. While there, my group did a climb up Red Mountain which was rather interesting.
This is a very laid back area. Lots of bars with cheap alcohol and restaurants playing friends episodes at night.
Caving, rockcliming, kayaking, tubing, and mountain biking during the day.
Only place in Laos we had food poisoning. The town itself has nothing much to offer unless you're young, male tourist who wants to go wild and annoy all the other tourists who want a nice relaxing holiday.
Great village, full of things to do. Mostly visited by backpackers for parties and tubing on Nam Song river.
Several great places to eat, many places to shop for small gifts or pick up small items you forgot to bring with you. Many places in area that can arrange places to go for single day trips, or 1-2 day trips. Great organic farm just outside of town.
Small village but can be very crowded at times with backpackers. Has several places to eat, many vendors in most areas.
Tubing and paddle boating available. Many tours to book to go to sightsee in several local places. All around this village you will find beautiful scenery, you can't go wrong when taking a day trip somewhere. I would suggest the Blue Lagoon for swimming is a must do. Also a nice trip down the Nam Song river in a tube, or up and back by boat tour.
About 3 hours bus ride from Vientiane. Very commercial this town has become. Good to just sleep, eat, relax and watch sun down.
they rip off tourists whereever they can. u have to pay twice for crossing bridges and then additionally for a "cave", bicycle rent was expensive, food is expensive or bad quality.
they only reason to go there is the wonderful views....... thailand, cambodia and vietnam offer much more for less
It is a tourist area, in particular, for young people but many attractions are available to any traveler.
Spectacular scenery around the town - mountain backdrop, river and paddy fields. Plenty of outdoor activities to engage or just lie around enjoy the laid back town and scenery.
Many activities to do throughout the village. You can rent motobikes or bicycles from several places.
You can book onward travel plans at several places so shop around for best price before buying. Many restaurants and food vendors in all areas. Tubing on the river or a boat trip on the river are very enjoyable. If you have transportation and directions, it is well worth the trip to drive to the Blue Lagoon, research it first. There is also a nice park with a huge cave to explore.
Very beautiful town. Several things to do and see, such as tubing, boat ride on the river, visiting the Blue Lagoon for swimming, and visiting the caves.
Can rent motobike or bicycles from several different places in the town. Many restaurants scattered along each street. Many street vendors and shops in the city centre.
great little town with an endless supply of waterfalls, waterholes, & caves to explore and experience.
always nice to end the day with a good coffee or a street side crepe of fresh banana and honey. can walk to most of the town but need a tuk tuk to the waterholes and falls. nice place to sit on the river at a hotel and enjoy dinner
As always it is a nice get away from Vientiane. Over all the outdoors and river is nice but I would not go there unless you want to be out doors or with back packers.
Vang Vieng is no longer the nice riverside village it used to be and isn't on my top places to go in Laos, but it depends what you're after.
Food wise, Whopping Burger is one of the better options, shopping - it's a good place to get water proof gear for phones and bags, best not to do anything that will land you in the provincial hospital, for minor injuries head to Vientiane and go to either the French Clinic or the Australian Embassy Clinic.
To explore more also save time, I suggest to rent motorbike, so can going around everywhere freely, distance between each caves can be quite far away.
only sad experience, I saw one accident which one man died, not nice experience.
Layback and lots of nature to venture and enjoy the activities such as tubing, kayaking, caving, walking, treking, cycling,boating
If you need to rent a bike or buy some groceries, please walk around the streets before making your decision.
The area near Elephant Crossing hotel is a little overpriced. Wifi is provided at almost every restaurant so don't worry about having to disconnect from the internet. You don't need internet here anyway.
If you like out door activities, night life, and backpackers then this is the place for you. Otherwise skip it and head straight for Luang Prabang.
I personally love this town but it is definitely not for everyone.
Extremely beautiful place. Swimming at the blue lagoon is a must, river boat trip is great, can rent motobike for about $8 a day, many places to eat and drink, tubing down the river is a must, several shops and cafés to choose from.
This was our second visit here in the last 6 months and we will be back again!!