Weekends in the Green Lion volunteer house meant getting away for a couple of nights. Therefore, with a bunch of people from the volunteer organisation, we ventured to the party town of Vang Vieng, Laos for a bit of fun, sightseeing and incredible adventure that will not be forgotten.
The talking points of Vang Vieng
Where I stayed
For about $25 a night, I stayed in a neat boutique hotel, the Laos Haven Hotel & Spa. For the price, you simply can’t complain about having an air-conditioned room with television, warm shower and a swimming pool to chill from the insane heat and humidity that comes with Vang Vieng.
Hitting the streets of Vang Vieng
There is a different atmosphere in the air upon hitting town, especially if coming from the capital Vientiane. Instantly you are hit with many tourists who have made their way to the popular town to participate in the many activities on offer and to have a little bit of a party, especially at the popular Sakura Bar, if that is your kind of social scene.
The Vang Vieng streets have many Bars, restaurants, cafes, massage parlours and travel agencies to book a day tour that are on offer in the area. So, soak in the moment when in town and don’t rush to purchase your tours. Get the best price possible.
Eating with Epic Views
Along the Nam Xong River there were many restaurants that I had the privilege to dine at, not only because the food was at a crazy low price but the vantage point from the dining table was simply epic, with large hills soaring high in the background and the river in full view nearby, it made eating good food even more tasteful.
I had the pleasure at eating at a couple of the restaurants on the strip by the river, such as the Riverhill and Banana Restaurant. Both served similar foods of local and international cuisine and both restaurants came with stunning views.
A day trip of thrill and Adventure
For about $30, I had about ten hours of outdoor adventure around the scenic and beautiful Vang Vieng area. The fulfilled adventure was not always tame but the entertainment throughout the day did not relinquish and how could it with a hectic schedule of activities such as the following:
– Kayaking – The Nam Song River was quite the challenge, with the shallow waters and rapids making kayaking a challenge. For 6km we paddled through scenic landscapes, where at times the river was not always tame.
– The Zipline – It is more than 2km of rush when Ziplining amongst the hills of Vang Vieng with the river below. There is no time to fear the heights as you are taken around the obstacles in around 45-minutes and waiting time for each zipline is quite short.
– Water Cave adventures – Quite a tame adventure in the dark caves but certainly not for those who may suffer from claustrophobia. Throughout the hour-long adventure, you are taken through wet, muddy and slippery dark caves with a headlight as your friend through the obstacle.
– Blue Lagoon – At the end of the day it is time to chill and relax in the stunning Blue Lagoon as the adventures come to an end and you take a dip in the cold waters of the Lagoon. The only downfall is the area is quite small and crowded.
The time in Vang Vieng, was short, too short. But not a moment was wasted, as the time was spent making the most of the activities that were on offer and getting to as many as I could in the short period of time, but still there was plenty I did miss out on and if you are looking at heading to Vang Vieng, I would save about 5 days in your schedule. Happy travels.