Today I’m featuring amazing shot taken in a Vang Vieng area by Edwina from Traveling German Blog.
Edwina loves exploring the world in search of good food and adventure mixed with a little luxury.
She left her full-time job in 2013 to become a part-time marketing consultant and to blog about her adventures.
Photo Story: Vang Vieng Laos
This picture is from Vang Vieng, Laos, from a hotel that consists of a few bungalows built right into a large rice field. During harvesting season, guests can help with the rice harvest and learn about Lao agriculture.
Vang Vieng area has a reputation for being a backpacker destination where gap year students go to get drunk while tubing down the river and watch endless re-runs of the 90s series Friends in cheap bars while eating “happy” pizza.
As much as I love Friends, that didn’t sound appealing to me. But I had also read that Vang Vieng has been working on cleaning up its reputation and the surrounding areas looked amazing in all the photos I saw, so I decided to give it a try!
Here is a great post about things to do in Vang Vieng if the tubing is not your thing :)
My verdict: The bars showing non-stop Friends episodes really do exist, but there’s much more to Vang Vieng area.
It’s a great place for adventure travellers. I explored the area on a bicycle and actually hiked up one of those mountains shown in the background of this photo.
Laotians don’t seem to think much of curvy hiking trails that go around the hill, making the path a bit less steep. This one went pretty much straight up!
Some of it was more climbing than walking, and my fitness wasn’t exactly up to par. It was totally worth it, though; the views from up there are stunning!
Another activity I highly recommend in Vang Vieng is kayaking. The number one most popular thing to do in Vang Vieng Laos is tubing down the river.
I chose kayaking as that gives you a bit more control. You can move more in the low season when the river is slow, and you can tell yourself you’ve done a workout (pssst… if you’re lazy like me you can also just let the current take you back to town, or find yourself a strong partner for a double kayak!).
So if you’re in Laos, and you like adventure travel and stunning mountain scenery, give Vang Vieng a chance! Even if you’re not a 20-something backpacker looking to party all week. It might just positively surprise you.
Vang Vieng is a small town north of Vientiane, on the Nam Song River in Laos. It’s surrounded by striking limestone mountains and caves.
Tham Poukham, to the west, is a cave with a blue-green lagoon and a reclining Buddha statue.
North is the deep Tham Nam Cave, which has a spring at its entrance.
Nearby, Tham Xang Cave has a stalactite resembling an elephant. The town is home to 16th- and 17th-century monasteries.
The town has been known as a party destination for years, and whilst this still remains more outdoor-oriented activities are now available such as mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, caving, swimming and rock climbing.
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