Activities in Vang Vieng

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One thing we want to clarify directly: Vang Vieng is amazing when it comes to activities. It is much more than just a party town. There are a lot of great activities and if you love action and nature you are in the right place. The nature in Vang Vieng is really great. And in contrast to Thailand, which is partially completely overrun by tourists, much is still relatively untouched here. There are even some places that are beautiful and almost unknown. However, that also means that you have to be a bit careful. Many places are not secured, so there is a relatively high risk of injury. But if you’re cautious, you should be totally fine. So, let’s take a look at some of the activities in Vang Vieng.

Drive through Vang Vieng and discover the scenery

You have several options for driving through Vang Vang Vieng and discovering the scenery. The most fun is a buggy tour. If you rent a buggy, you have a lot of action and see many beautiful places in no time. This is also possible with a rented motorcycle, but you’ll have a harder time with the condition of the roads. Especially when it rains you’ll have to drive very carefully. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful with the buggy, but you can assume that mud and wilderness won’t stop you. The last option would be a bicycle. It may not sound so action packed, but it’s definitely a great experience. By bike you can easily drive through Vang Vieng and discover a lot. Especially if you’re ready for driving some hours. We recommend it. It’s healthy and fun.

stream in the jungle

Natural springs and waterfalls

If you like water you’ll have a lot of great activities you can do in Vang Vieng. A possibility would be going to the Blue Lagoon. The natural spring is really beautiful and a great place to bath and relax. Well, actually it is wrong to speak of one lagoon, because there are plenty of them. Just click on the link and you will know what we mean. In addition to lagoons, there are also waterfalls. The most famous of them is the Kaeng Nyui Waterfall. You can even swim there.

Activities in the jungle

The jungle of Vang Vieng is a great place for a variety of activities. For example, you can zip through the trees or do some trekking. Not to mention all the amazing viewpoints you’ll find here. Some of them actually aren’t even viewpoints. But does it really matter? In the end, all that matters is the view. So, go to the jungle and explore the wilderness. By the way, the picture you see below was also taken from a viewpoint high up in the deepest jungle.

jungle outlook from tree

Hot air balloon rides

Vang Vieng is one of the best destinations for balloon rides. A balloon ride costs a bit more than 80 bucks per person. That’s really not expensive. In addition, the landscape of Vang Vieng is ideal for a balloon ride. It really is worth seeing the town and its surroundings from the air. So, you really shouldn’t miss it. 

Activities in the Nam Song River

This small river that flows through the town of Vang Vieng is one of the major tourist attractions for a reason. The Nam Song River offers many fun activities. You can swim in it, kayak or do the famous tubing. But just sitting on the shore and watching the action is a nice experience, too. However, we would advise against simply jumping into the river. Especially when it’s raining.

kayak rental vang vieng

Cost of activitites in Vang Vieng

Actually, the activities in Vang Vieng aren’t that expensive. Nevertheless, you’ll probably pay a lot for activities during your vacation. Simply for the reason that there is so much to do here. You can save especially if you do several activities at once. That works best if you book a tour or rent a vehicle and drive around. Whatever, what you get offered is definitely worth the money. You would have to pay far more for it almost everywhere in the world.

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