• Vang Vieng - the sleeping town of Laos

    Not only Luang Pha Bang, Vang Vieng is also known as a famous tourist destination in Laos. Vang Vieng is the perfect place for you to relax every day with yoga treatments, exploring natural caves, waterfalls and lagoons. Trust me, Vang Vieng is really a place to bring many interesting things for you.

    Things to know before you visit Vang Vieng

     

    experience-travel-Vang-vieng-tran-tran-binh-yen-o-lao-5_2Vang Vieng was known as the sleeping town of Laos

     

    • Lao tourist visa: You can go to Vang Vieng from Luang Prabang or Vientiane. Visa application is possible on arrival to Laos at both airports for most nationalities - bring 1 passport photo and US $ for application fee, although they can also accept Thai Baht. Visa fee on arrival in Laos ranges from 30 USD to 40 USD depending on your nationality (+1 USD for visa service fee), Laos tourist visa valid for 30 days.
    • You can get a local Laos SIM card for cheap, and the internet connection is surprisingly strong.
    • Before you head to Vang Vieng, make sure you have downloaded map apps to your phone such as Hobo Maps, which provide a full map of Vang Vieng town for you to explore. Most places in town will sell maps, but for more convenience you should download the mobile app and access them for free online.
    • The currency is Lao Kip and the exchange rate fluctuates between 8000-8600LAK: 1 USD. There are many places to change money in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng, and there are also ATMs where you can withdraw money.
    • Vang Vieng is a rather small town but has a wide selection of restaurants and minimarts where you can find most of what you need.
    • According to Vang Vieng tourism experience  , the best time to visit Vang Vieng is from October to March (you can even go hot air ballooning in Vang Vieng this season). During the summer months, you may face heavy downpours, but in return, you can see the green rice fields after each rain. On the river, avoid summer because heavy rains make Nam Song river more "fierce".

    Where to stay in Vang Vieng

    Inthira Vang Vieng is a new boutique hotel in town, offering beautiful rooms with Nam Song views. But that's not all - the rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, great bathrooms and friendly staff make your stay even more enjoyable. They can book everything for you, from tuk tuks to transportation to Vientiane or Luang Prabang and even your day trips or hot air balloon tours.
    Silver Naga Hotel is also located right on the Nam Song River. It has a wide selection of rooms, infinity pool and yoga studio in Vang Vang. You can choose the rooms overlooking the pool, where there are partners to watch the sunset dive behind the mountain. 

    Transport

    According to Vang Vieng travel experience , you can take a big bus (AKA, VIP bus bus) or minivan from Luong Pha Bang to Vang Vieng, or you can take a bus or minivan from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. Buses run from Vientiane (driving takes ~ 4 hours) and Luang Prabang (driving takes ~ 5-7 hours) every day. You can ask your hotel to book a bus ticket, or go to one of the many tour companies in town to buy your own. The price is about 120,000 Kip. You can also rent a private car for around USD 120 per way if you prefer a more comfortable ride.

    Places to visit in Vang Vieng

    1. Kaeng Nyui Waterfall
    Kaeng Nyui is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Laos. 20-25 minutes drive from the town center east of Vang Vieng. While Kuang Si in Luang Prabang was roaring in the rainy season, Kaeng Nyui was in a peaceful state of dry season. The water rushes down to 30 meters, you can soak in the clear water and have fun together.
    2. Mount Phangern
    Going to the top of Phangern mountain to capture the panoramic view of Vang Vieng is probably an experience that you will never forget. Choose for yourself the best shoes for this tough hike. 
    3. Nam Xay Top View
    Compared to walking Phangern, Nam Xay Top view is easier and shorter and will only take about 20-25 minutes for you to reach the top of the mountain. With a 360 degree panoramic view angle, you will have to exclaim when you see the entire Vang Vieng stretching out to your eyes
     

    Wine and Wine

    There are many famous restaurants in Vang Vieng offering delicious - unique - strange dishes that you can visit. According to Laos travel experience, below is a list of restaurants that help you both save travel costs and enjoy the delicious dishes of the land of Million elephants.
    Il Tavolo : This is a great Italian restaurant in Vang Vieng run by an Italian father-son duo and the food is very good. Come and try their awesome wood burning pizza and astonishing arrabiata sauce.
    Chaleun : A comfortable local restaurant with almost every traditional Lao food that you can choose from the menu. Try chicken satay, water spinach and pad Thai or try the free fruit shake. 
    Cafe eh eh : A small coffee shop owned by an Australian owner located next to the Elephant Crossing Hotel. Delicious coffee at reasonable prices, try pure kombucha here.
    Sabaidee Burger : Delicious burgers (albeit a little smaller in size) with standard hand-sliced ​​French fries.
    Sababa Organic Restaurant : A lovely, family-run restaurant next to the Cafe eh eh. Come and try their Thai pad.

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