Things to Do in Vang Vieng

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Things to Do in Vang Vieng

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  • Ariana Luminari
    1 contribution
    My husband and I had an incredible time visiting the elephants sanctuary. Set in a beautiful environment surrounded by nature and the beautiful mountains; we enjoyed feeding the elephants and even took a mud bath with them. It may have been the most fun I’ve ever had. The elephants have wonderful personalities and are a delight to hang out with. I highly recommend this experience, and I am so grateful to have found a place that treats their elephants so well, with the respect they deserve.
    Written July 14, 2020
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  • Ray C
    33 contributions
    Such an enjoyable trek, saw only 6 people so felt secluded and not touristy. Not an easy hike but definitely manageable with good footwear and there is a wooden handrail most of the way. View at the top is great with place to stop to sit down, take it in and take pictures. Highlight of Vang Vieng by far!
    Written March 24, 2020
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  • judocarli
    Vientiane, Laos14 contributions
    Felt a great sense of achievement making it through the whole cave and we really felt like we had it all to ourselves. We all hired flashlights which was a must. It’s not an easy path for three small kids 4, 5 & 7 and definitely some slippery spots and potential steep falls, but they made it to the end with no mishaps and only one small meltdown when mum went off searching for the next arrow we couldn’t find :)
    Blue lagoon was quite full the day we were there (pimai) and mostly loaded up with people in life vests. We thought it was quite cold (and the kids weren’t a fan of the fish) so the kids just loaded up their water pistols and shot bystanders. Good fun, but we went back to the hotel for a swim in the warmer waters.
    Written April 16, 2021
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  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,284 contributions
    I enjoyed it and had a relaxing time tubing through the caves.

    It’s not an absolute spectacular thing to do but was fun and refreshing.

    I did it independently hired a motorbike and went myself it’s was extremely unorganised and no one there to show you or explain anything to you. I think they only care about tour companies to be honest.

    Lucky a private tour guide that was showing 2 Germans around said come with us and he organised getting in tune etc. No staff approached me at all?

    When you get on time with your helmet/light you pull yourself through the cave on ropes that are hooked up,

    It’s simple and easy and any age group can do it, not an absolute must while in Vang Vieng but a nice fun experience.

    Cost is about 20.000kip with entry, parking etc so fairly cheap.
    Written January 7, 2020
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  • MumbaiRiders
    Mumbai, India1,399 contributions
    Tham Chang cave complex is the closest cave to Vang Vieng city with the entry fee being 5000 Kip. After entering the complex parked my bike and had to walk across the long bridge built across the Nam Song river.After crossing the bridge came to the entrance of the stairways leading to the caves.Entrance fee was 10,000 Kip and It was a long arduous walk up the broad stairs to the entrance of the cave.The entrance was just a small opening but once inside the cave it seemed a endless maze of narrow tunnels. This cave was used as a bunker to defend against the marauding Jeen Hor (Yuaneese Chinese) during the 19th century and hence the most famous cave in Vang Vieng. Thankfully it was well lit and i was one of the earliest tourists inside this historic cave.Almost got lost in the maze of tunnels trying to find my way back to the entrance and advice tourists to go along with a guide or in a group.
    Written January 29, 2020
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  • Teepa W
    Wellington, New Zealand150 contributions
    Went out to this spot by buggy. Went early to beat the convoys of buggies heading out for the day. We were able to enjoy the beauty of the place and crystal clear water before the hoards arrived.
    Written February 22, 2020
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  • The Roaming Renegades
    Melbourne, Australia468 contributions
    Well worth the 10,000 entry and short but steep hike! Takes about 20-30 mins to get up, wear proper shoes and be prepared to do some scrambling in sections. Views from the top are spectacular and there is two bikes too which is fun (god knows how they got them up there!!), there is also a little shelter too which makes for a nice place to rest and have some food. Please can people be careful with their rubbish and put in in the bags provided. I saw a group of people (seemed to be Laotian, not a judgement as it is cultural but I do find locals in Asia to be worse for littering than western tourists) who left lots of cans and wrappers at the top after having food. Lets all; Locals and visitors from both near and far respect the beauty of this place by keeping it tidy!
    Written February 15, 2020
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  • SEs
    London, UK25,867 contributions
    This is a beautiful Buddhist temple is in the city centre. You will not miss this Buddhist temple when you are going around town.
    Written December 6, 2018
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  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,284 contributions
    Located about 2 kilometres south of township easy to walk to in 20 minutes.

    Enter to area is 5.000kip then 15.000kip to enter caves.

    Before you enter the steps are to caves (very steep) to the left you see some small orange bridges cross the and you come to a little cave that’s a temple.

    Cave themselves are spectacular but good to see caves are not massive so you can easy see caves in 30 minutes.

    Being so close to town and only costing 20.000 to see you worth it for me.
    Written January 5, 2020
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  • Maureen E
    Zwolle, The Netherlands5 contributions
    Awesome place! When we arrived there were only some children swimming here. So not touristy at all, but really beautiful and nice. It is super clean water and there is a cool zip line and swing. The food was very good and it’s a good place to chill. After we went swimming, we got a tour into the cave, which was a great experience! I would definitely recommend this place if you do not want to go to the super touristy blue lagoons.
    Written July 30, 2019
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  • ianx17489
    Inverurie, UK795 contributions
    This was part of a day trip we were on, otherwise I would not bother. It's a small cave with an artificial feel to it. Been there, done it. What more can I say....
    Written November 11, 2019
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  • SEs
    London, UK25,867 contributions
    This is one of the many caves around here.I was with a guide and driver. The best way to visit these caves is with a guide and have power full torch.
    Written December 6, 2018
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  • jl_t1992
    14 contributions
    We have just come back from doing Pha Poak climb, and overall it was alright. It really is a dangerous climb with old ladders and nothing but sharp rocks to climb onto most of the way up (which I actually found quite fun climbing). However after successfully climbing up and down, and then visiting the cave nearby, on our way back the man selling tickets called us over to him.

    To begin with we weren’t quite sure what he wanted but then we could hear a girl on the hill screaming and falling down the side of it. She had gone off path and he had told her to go back but it was too late. We had to translate for him and call to the girl who sounded OK but was stuck, as every time she tried to walk she fell further down the cliff. The man selling tickets insisted we go climb and help her, which we were very apprehensive about in case we also fell and got stuck. We ran up part of it to try see if we could communicate with her easier or see her but she was too far round for us to get to.

    We ran back down and the man said he would go and get his friend, who then ran up the climb with a rope to try and find her. After a while the man told us it was OK and it sounded as if his friend had made it to the girl, but it made it pretty obvious that if you do fall and get stuck it could turn very ugly if you fall somewhere unreachable.

    If you plan on visiting please be careful. There is no path and it is very easy to fall at any point if you’re not confident in climbing up or down steep rocks. And make sure you stick to the path, not that there really is one...
    Written March 9, 2019
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  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,284 contributions
    Difficult to rate if you have been traveling through SE Asia as compared to Myanmar and Thailand Wats this would be a minor temple.

    Nice and peacefully Wat only a few hundred metres from city centre.

    Has some great details to it and a nice large golden Buddha.

    If Laos your first stop than you will really enjoy it if you have seen many others then this will be a little boring for you.
    Written January 6, 2020
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  • David B
    Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
    We had bought our car across the border from Thailand and had a free day, and on the advice of some expatriate Frenchmen we had met the day before, we set off to the outskirts of Vientiane to find the Elephant Village.

    It was not that hard and within 40 minutes had navigated to it.

    There were about five adult elephants in the elephant corral, with two calves and their mother in another enclosure.

    The adult elephants were kitted up with houdas, but even though elephants have been domesticated for thousands of years, I do not like the idea that we should subject these majestic animals to our tourist whims by riding them.

    Instead we bought heaps of bananas and sugar cane and amused ourselves for half an hour feeding them.

    The calves were particularly voracious, poking their trunks through the railings and trying to snatch whole bunches of bananas from our hands. The adult elephants thumped the wooden staging floor with their trunks demanding their share.

    Here's an interesting fact that I bet you did not know. Elephants have more than 40,000 muscles in their trunks. Humans have a grand total of 639 in their whole bodies. Remember that one for your next trivial pursuit contest.
    Written March 23, 2019
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