Vang Vieng in Laos is one of those places that you hear mixed reviews about. Some people have the time of their lives while others can’t wait to get out of there. The general apprehension is that if you’re a twenty year old backpacker wanting to get drunk and go tubing down a river, you’ll love it. If you fit into any other category, you’ll hate the place. I wanted to find out for myself.
Laos is a country located in Southeast Asia and is a part of Indochina. Our Laos travel articles take you to the Mekong River to the mountainous jungles.
It was a long bus ride from Hanoi, Vietnam to Vientiane, Laos. We shared it with packaged lobsters, 8 other travelers, some rice and other produce. What do you expect for peanuts? I don’t know if I could handle the ride today, but a few years ago, armed with leftover sleeping pills prescribed from my doctor for an overactive thyroid, we managed to make it through many epic bus journeys.
One of the top things that I just had to see when traveling to Laos, were the Pak Ou Caves. I had seen an episode on Don’t Forget Your Passport years ealier, and I had wanted to go their ever since. It is a sight definitely worth seeing. Located just 25 km outside of Luang Prabang, you can hire a boat to take you there for the day or take a Songthaew which is what Dave and I did.
In a landlocked country in central South East Asia, there is a tiny piece of paradise on a stop between two popular destinations.Vang Vieng Laos is a little town on route 13 between the major cities of Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
A place where you can lose yourself relaxing by the river, riding a bike through incredible scenery, exploring remote caves or simply lazing in old opium dens watching the latest bootleg Hollywood release.
When travelling most people choose to hop a flight to their next destination. This allows them to see more sights in a shorter amount of time and to squeeze more destinations into their itinerary. Sometimes, after too long on the popular tourist route, I prefer to slow down and to take my time. To interact with the local people, to see out of the way places and unspoiled countryside.