Nestled in a valley on the banks of the Nam Song River amid a misty jungle, Vang Vieng is a convenient stop-off point for those journeying overland between Luang Prabang and Vientiane. A tourism-oriented town in Vientiane Province, Vang Vieng is 160 km north of the capital Vientiane. The surrounding area is inhabited by the ethnic Hmong and Yao hill tribe people, and is particularly picturesque – craggy karst limestone scenery, a smattering of caves, and crystal-clear pools and waterfalls. The dramatic limestone karsts make Vang Vieng ideal for outdoor pursuits – tubing, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, and trekking and cycling to nearby caves and villages. Enjoy the town’s range of bars and restaurants, as well as visit the organic farm for a taste of the locally-produced Mulberry Tea.
En Route Drive Highlights-Visit Local Forest Market & Phatang Mountain View point
Leaving Vang Vieng early morning, make a brief photo stop at Phatang Mountain view point, offering amazing scenery. Optionally, you can stop at Koe Kuang, boasting a local forest market offering edible snakes, rats and assorted reptiles – if you are adventurous enough to stomach it! Also, visit Ban Hin Ngon, a picturesque Hmong village, before arrival at Phou Khoun for lunch. Post lunch, reach and explore Ban Kiu Kam Pone, a Khmu village. Enjoy the opportunity to stretch out at Ban Nam Ming, a picturesque riverside village. Arrive in Luang Prabang by late afternoon.