Vang Vieng for many travelers is simply a piece of heaven on earth. Surrounded by scenic landscape ranging from mountains to rivers and limestone cliffs to rice fields, this small and scenic town offers a long list of interesting attractions. The Nam Song River is where you will witness the famous tubing – and young travellers sitting in large inner tubes floating downriver is a common sight in Vang Vieng. Actually it has become a large part of the reason why many young people come here in the first place. The well-known Tham Poukham Cave features the ‘Blue Lagoon’, a nice spot to swim and swing lazily on a rope, while Tham Norn is among one of the biggest caves in Vang Vieng. If time allows, make a stop at the local market to catch a gimpse of everyday life in a typical Lao rural area.
Vang Vieng is an amazing place to come anytime of the year. Between November and February the skies are blue and the sun is shining, it can get a little chilly in the mornings and evenings. During the months of March, April and May are the hottest times, especially in April when the Laos New Year falls. This 3-4 day festival involves ceremonies and thousands of happy people splash water on each other to cool off in the summer heat. The Nam Song, especially Tam Lom is packed full of local and foreign tourists eating, drinking and enjoying themselves. In June and July the air becomes more humid and bursts of rain occur on some days.
August and September sees the rain coming thick and fast, but not always a bad thing, it’s the best time of year to kayak and tubing is great fun with the river whipping tubers down river. In October time the rain starts to retreat and humidity drops, then the cycle starts all over.
The Blue Lagoon
Located just a few kms outside of town, the Blue Lagoon, is one of the best swimming holes in Laos. If you're feeling fit you can rent a mountain bike in town and ride there, but be warned - the roads are unsealed, bumpy and often either very dusty or muddy. The easy option is to get a tuk tuk. It's worth the trip though. The Blue Lagoon is a serene natural paradise. The river flows gently out of the jungle into a brilliant blue lagoon. A tree grows over the deepest part of the river and the local kids love to show off by jumping from the highest branch of the tree. It's a lovely spot to spend the afternoon relaxing with friends, or hike up the stairs behind the lagoon to explore the Tham Phu Kham cave.