Witness the enchanting metamorphosis of Vang Vieng
Formerly a place where parties have been a common occurrence, the rehabilitating town of Vang Vieng in Laos is now a sanctuary that pretty much looks like a surreal scene from a very expensive painting.
Gone are the days where most travelers avoid this very town due to high tendencies of being chaotic—currently, this is something that the country of Laos is bragging about.
With the help of a vigilant government and a cooperative populace. If ever you’d drop Vang Vieng a visit now, prepare yourself to be amazed by how it have evolved—luscious and healthy flora and fauna, the relaxing sways of cerulean waves, the very tranquility of the ambience and funky boutique hotels lining the beachfront.
Truly, this town has gone from zero to hero and is being turned to by its mother country as a melting pot for tourism and commerce.
Vang Vieng is specifically located in the riverside area of Central Laos. It is perched in the middle of two equidistant tourist spots, which are Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
Dividing the whole town into two halves is the legendary river of Nam Song.
According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Vang Vieng, like the rest of Laos is under the tropical savannah type, which means that weathers are ambivalent to dry and wet episodes.
One thing that you might want to bear in mind is that Vang Vieng is really not a place to visit during the months of May to September due to heavy rainfall and flooding.
The rest of the year aside from the aforementioned months are on the hot and dry side, which is cognitive for trips to the beach and outdoor strolling.
Temperatures are highest on the months of March until April with a mean rate of 33 to 35-degrees Celsius.
Getting in Vang Vieng would take a longish road trip from Luang Prabang’s airport terminal or Vientiane’s main drop-off point and can take 6-8 hours and 3-4 hours respectively. Main method to get inside the town’s center is through the use of buses and minivan services.
Due to Vang Vieng’s small land coverage, it is best and recommended to get around town via walking, bicycle rentals or renting motorbikes.
The local mode of transport, which is called ‘tuk-tuks’, is also readily available for a more unique way in scanning this small city’s travel destination.
What to See
Pedang Cave and Ring Cave
Be in touch with your adventurous side and set yourself trekking a high mountaintop with a cave waiting for you at the zenith.
Explore the short-spanned cave called the Pedang and Ring Cave and be convinced that Vang Vieng is a must-visit place for thrill seekers.
This very place is usually crowded with tourists due to the fact that this river has a makeshift bamboo bridge for sightseeing.
Tham Poukham is also dotted with vendors selling local stuff; security is at its finest as there are a lot of policemen roving the grounds and is mesmerized by the nearby Sleeping Golden Buddha.
Dubbed to be a well maintained cave due to its well-lighted exterior and managed staircases for tourist convenience, Xang Cave is slowly rising to fame as one heck of a destination in Vang Vieng.
At the peak of the cave, you’d have a breathtaking view of the farms circling the city and the directions inside won’t really require you the services of a tour guide.
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