Vang Vieng Travel Blog› entry 7 of 19 › view all entries
Vang Vieng looked scenic as we passed though on our way to Luang Prabang and it is a convenient place to break the journey on the way back to Vientiane so we decide to stay and check out the fun on the river. This town is well known as a travellers mecca and though the idea of hordes of drunken Poms and Aussies isn't everyone's idea of a great place it's actually not too bad. It is probably rowdy by Lao standards but all seems good humoured fun; the oddest thing to me are the number of cafes showing non-stop Friends and just how popular thay seem to be, at least one though was bucking the Friends trend and was showing non-stop Family Guy!
We take a day tour on the river with Caving, Tubing and Kayaking combined and lunch all for $12.
There are 2 other caves nearby one of which is particularly deep.
After lunch we take kayaks about 8km downstream back to town. The first part has a few small rapids but the river soon becomes gentle as we arrive at the point where the Tubers start their journey down river. We stop twice for drinks on the way. At the first place there is a rope jump into the river for anyone who wishes to try it. It looks easy from the ground so never one to pass on an opportunity to make a fools of myself I give it a go; I really need to work on my landings!