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Vientiane

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  • Day5

    Blue Lagoon 3

    May 7, 2017 in Laos

    With a rainy day previously, which suited how we felt with the aftermath of the previous day's events, we decided we would be slightly more active today. Having heard lots about the blue lagoons in Vang Vieng we decided to visit one of them. Despite being slightly further out, we opted for blue lagoon 3 as its meant to be far less touristy and bigger than the other two.

    The main mode of transport to get there was motorbikes, however seeing as neither of us could drive one we decided to rent a buggy. Being slightly more expensive, we thought this would be our time to splash out a little and oh my it was worth it. Although we got slightly lost on the way and almost broke down we arrived at the blue lagoon safely after 6km of very questionable road surfaces. The drive was absolutely sunning and there was so much freedom with what we wanted to do with the buggy. The trip there was through the rural landscapes and villages of Laos and it was such a surreal insight to the country itself and how the people live.

    The blue lagoon itself was definitely worth trekking the extra miles for. The water was a beautiful, crystal blue spring water. Despite being a bit chilly to start off with you could tell how fresh the water was from just swimming in it. there were various activities you could to in the blue lagoon, such as zip line into the water, kayak around or jump off platforms into the water.

    The days activities really made me think of my brothers as I know how much they love anything to do with jumping into water and mucking about around it. Driving the buggy I know would also appeal to them a lot.

    After a couple of hours we made our way back and headed out to Smile Beach Bar which overlooks the river and some of the mountainous areas, also a great viewpoint for a sunset. We enjoyed our dinner there sitting in hammocks while the sun went down. It was a pretty precious moment.

    Then a bit of a shock what happens next.. we headed back to the town and went to go follow the free alcohol.
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  • Day9

    8 days and counting

    May 11, 2017 in Laos

    As our time in Vang Vieng carried on we fell more in love with the place. We didn't just extend once, but twice, totalling our stay to 7 nights.

    Most of our time consisted of enjoying the swimming pool down the road at a luxury hotel that cost only £3 to use, most of the time we even got the place to ourselves. The backdrop behind the pool was of the mountainous region of Laos, which was stunning as ever.

    After the pool we would head to our favourite chill place and relax watching Friends and usually ordering dinner or visiting our favourite restaurant, a vegetarian and vegan place which was delicious! The aubergine burger would have to be my favourite.

    As routine, at 8pm we would head to the first bar for the hour of free whiskey and at 10pm move onto the next bar, our favourite, called Viva.

    On the last day we headed to highly recommended viewpoint. The half hour trek to the top was along a very unmarked path. However the pano view of Vang Vieng at the top was definitely worth the trek up. But by the end I'm pretty sure I could fill a swimming pool with the amount of sweat I produced. After soaking up the views we headed back just in time to make it in time for our bus to Luang Prabang.

    We were both very sad to be leaving Vang Vieng after meeting so many people and loving it so much. However, couldn't tell if the the bar staff were happy we wouldn't be drinking all their free whiskey or sad to see their best customers go. Personally I think they should be grateful to us after all the free promotion we gave out about their bar and will continue to recommend it.
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  • Day4

    Tubing

    May 6, 2017 in Laos

    One thing that is a must do in Vang Vieng is tubing. This activity involves floating down the river for the duration of the afternoon and stopping off at bars along the waters edge.

    At 12.30pm we headed out on our tubes and I've never had so much fun (and alcohol) in one day.

    At the first bar we enjoyed some drinking games such as beer pong and flip cup, both I can say I wasn't very good at. At the next bar it was more chilled and we sat by the water, enjoying our drinks and the views. The final bar was definitely the best, with the heat of the day people decided it would be fun to have a water fight which was much needed to cool off.

    Despite all the alcohol and drinking you couldn't ignore the stunning scenery around us and the natural beauty of Laos.

    But at 6pm we decided to call it a day and headed back to the hostel. However, seeing as there was free alcohol at 8pm that couldn't go a miss, so we had some dinner to line the stomach then carried out our usual routine of following the free alcohol. That night there was also a jungle party on, so continued our night there. Having had a very full on day I hadn't quite thought about how I would feel the next day... oops.
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  • Day46

    Vang Vieng, Laos

    February 7, 2017 in Laos

    Vang Vieng is known for its location on the Nam Song River which attracts younger travelers looking to enjoy the scenery. It was a famous backpacker party spot up until recently when it become scrutinize in the news for numerous casualties from tubing/partying on the river. In 2012, this attention resulted in the Laos government shutting down almost every bar along the river, and all of their associates ziplines and rope swing . However a more tame tubing scene is still one of the main attractions in Vang Vieng. As floating the river was one of our favorite things to do in Texas on a hot summer day, we knew had to check it out. To get there we had to take a 4 hour minivan ride packed with 12 passengers and luggage strapped on top - a scenic drive and experience of its own.

    The tubing was fun but it was definitely not as fun as our Texas experience, although this was definitely more scenic. However we did enjoy making some new friends along the way with travelers from America, Canada, Germany, Scotland and France but it made us miss the good old days with our Texas friends.

    The rest of the time we spent relaxing at a riverside bar with huts above the water with a great view and good people watching of those tubing, kayaking and locals fishing. Other than that, we felt that the town was a bit too small, didn't offer much variety and was a little too populated with young Asian tourists so after two days we were ready for our next stop!
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  • Day35

    Vang Vieng

    October 14 in Laos

    Angekommen im Städtchen Vang Vieng, gelegen am Nam Xong Fluss, umgeben von Karstfelsen und Regenwald. Ein Paradies für Naturliebhaber und bis 2012 zusätzlich ein touristisch höchst umstrittener Ort.

    Beim Tubing in Vang Vieng ließ man sich (v.a. wohl viele Australier und Engländer) früher den ganzen Tag in Traktorreifen den Fluß hinunter von Bar zu Bar treiben oder sprang von selbstkonstruierten Bretterkonstruktionen an einem Seil ins Wasser. Vor allem gegen Ende der Trockenzeit ein äußerst gefährliches Vergnügen, bei dem Alkohol und Drogen keinen geringen Einfluss gehabt haben werden. 2011 gab es dann wohl rund zwei Dutzend Todesfälle beim Tubing. Das sorgte international für Aufsehen und negative Schlagzeilen in den Medien. Die Behörden schritten ein und beendeten Chaos. Die illegalen Bars am Fluss wurden geschlossen.

    Mal sehen, was dieser transformierte Ort für uns zu bieten hat. :-)
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  • Day36

    Vang Vieng

    October 15 in Laos

    Start in den Tag mit Yoga am Nachbar-Pool, während Jan von einem Thailänder zum Frühstück eingeladen wird. Spaziergang zu einer Höhle mit kleiner Badelagune. Relaxing und Leute beobachten am Fluss. Hey, da kommen ja die beiden Amis aus unserem Kochkurs völlig betrunken mit Tubing-Reifen aus dem Wasser! :) Seit neuestem ist Tubing doch nur noch mit Schwimmwesten und ohne Alkohol erlaubt ... So so...Read more

  • Day37

    Vang Vieng

    4 hours ago in Laos

    Heute war ein von Fotos nicht einzufangender Tag. Allein auf dem Tuk Tuk jagte ein wunderschöner Landschaftseindruck den nächsten. "Fifty Shades of green" - passt!

    Außerdem mit schwimmenden Reifen und Stirnlampen tief in einer dunklen Höhle gewesen, Kayak gefahren auf dem Nham Song River und eine von asiatischen Touristen überbevölkerte Lagune besucht. Ein Schauspiel. Wichtig: Am Rand stehen und laut kreischen, wenn jemand mit Schwimmweste ins Wasser springt. Was alternativ natürlich immer geht: Foto Foto Foto ...Read more

  • Day54

    Vang Vieng

    August 6 in Laos

    Vang Vieng used to be the party hotspot in Laos and for some time in all over South East Asia due to it's infamous river tubing including all sorts of drugs. But after several deaths on the unpredictable river the government shut down the whole party business basically overnight.
    Now there's a bit of a party scene left and at some spots you can still get drugs. And it's also still possible to tube down the river. We decided to book a full day tour that includes the stuff we want to do. Besides that we had a relaxed evening just visiting the night market and having a beer at our hostel.
    The next day we got picked up to go to the ziplines. Along us there were about 25 more people but it wasn't too crowded and we really enjoyed the ziplines leading through the jungles. Then it was time to get into the tube and let us gently float down the river. That was the plan but then it turned out to become a quite rough and pretty fast tour due to the heavy rains lately. It was still great fun even though Julia missed the exit and needed to be "saved" by our guide 😁 The last leg of our trip got us into a buggy to make a 20km journey to a spring water. This turned out to be the highlight of the day! We were covered in mud and it was so much fun going through the gigantic potholes... That's definitely more enjoyable after rainfalls 🙂 The Blue Lagoon was a great refreshment and possibility to get clean again.
    On our way back three of the five buggies broke down due to different issues... And we were the last group of the day which meant that it took forever to get us "rescued". One of our fellow tour group participants was so nice to give us the last working buggy so we could return to the tour operator. We came home with more than three hours delay but it didn't really matter as we didn't have any plans. We got rid of the mud and then went out for a mushroom pizza and pineapple shake.
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  • Day175

    Vang Vieng

    March 13, 2017 in Laos

    De meeste toeristen komen naar Vang Vieng om te tuben (= op een opblaasband de rivier afdrijven met enkele bars als tussenstop). Kroegentocht op het water met andere woorden :). Hoewel het voor veel zatlappen hierbij blijft, heeft de prachtige omgeving heel wat te bieden: grotten, watervallen, blue lagoons, ... Met cocktails en de beste pizza's in een halfjaar, sloten we de leuke tijd met Oliver af!Read more

  • Day106

    Vang Vieng

    January 25 in Laos

    In Vang Vieng haben wir nur einen kurzen Stop eingelegt und waren u.a. mit dem Kajak auf dem Nam Song unterwegs und haben ein kühles Bad in der "Blue Lagoon" genommen.
    Zudem gab es auch hier wunderschöne Sonnenuntergänge und mit all den Karstbergen, die sich durch die Gegend ziehen, allgemein eine schöne, beruhigende Atmosphäre. 😍

You might also know this place by the following names:

Vientiane Province, Vientiane, 비엔티안 주, Viangchan

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