Last updated on November 9th, 2023 at 09:26 pm
Vang Vieng is a small town in Laos that is known for its stunning scenery, adventurous activities, and laid-back atmosphere. It is a popular destination for backpackers and travellers who are looking for a fun and exciting place to spend a few days. This blog post will provide you with an itinerary for your 3 days in Vang Vieng that will allow you to experience the best that the town has to offer. This 3 day itinerary includes a mix of adventure activities as well as relaxing activities.
- Day 1 in Vang Vieng
- Day 2 in Vang Vieng
- Day 3 in Vang Vieng
- Where to eat in Vang Vieng?
- How to get around Vang Vieng?
- Where to stay in Vang Vieng?
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Day 1 in Vang Vieng
On your first day in Vang Vieng, you can enjoy some more adventurous activities.
Go hot air ballooning over Vang Vieng and soak in the stunning scenery. We got to go at sunrise and had insane views. This was definitely the highlight of our trip to Vang Vieng and would 100% recommend. We booked through our accommodation and it cost 2,000,000 kip.
Tip: Book the hot air balloon as soon as possible for the day you arrive so if the weather is not good, you will still have time to try again the next day.
Go back to base and grab some breakfast, before you go hiking to Nam Xay Viewpoint for incredible views. This viewpoint offers stunning views of the surrounding area, and it is definitely worth the trek.
The entry fee is 20,000 kip and it takes between 30 minutes to 45 minutes depending on your pace. But be careful as it can be very slippery and you are climbing up rocks for a lot of it, so good shoes are required (not flip flops). You can rent shoes at the bottom for 20,000 kip if you need to.
Day 2 in Vang Vieng
Start day 2 in Vang Vieng with a relaxing morning at your accommodation. After breakfast, head to the Nam Song River for some tubing. Tubing is a popular activity in Vang Vieng, and it is a great way to see the scenery and relax at the same time. You can rent tubes from your accommodation. The cost is about 100,000 kip.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can stop off at some of the bars and restaurants that line the river. These bars often have floating decks where you can take a break from tubing and enjoy a drink or a meal.
Unfortunately, we did not get to do the tubing as the river was too high after some rainfall. Something to consider if you are travelling during rainy season.
After a few hours of tubing, make your way back to your accommodation and relax for the rest of the day.
Day 3 in Vang Vieng
On day 3, rent a buggy and head to the different blue lagoons. There are 6 blue lagoons in Vang Vieng and renting a buggy is a fun way to get around to see them. It costs about 600,000 kip to rent a buggy for 4 hours. You can book for longer or shorter too and the price will vary depending on how long you want it. You can rent a buggy from anywhere in the town and they drive you to the buggy station to pick up your buggy.
The blue lagoons cost about 20,000 kip each to enter and you can spend as long as you want swimming around in there. Blue lagoon 3 was my favourite!
Where to eat in Vang Vieng?
Garys Irish Bar– great for western style food and has a lively atmosphere so is a good option for a few drinks. We spent every evening in this place eating and drinking, I would highly recommend.
Bamboo Bistro Garden – go here for lunch or dinner, it has some good western food and has soya milk available for coffees.
Kiwi Kitchen – nice spot for breakfast, it has a good overnight oats smoothie bowl.
How to get around Vang Vieng?
The cheapest option is to rent a scooter in the town. You can rent one for about 100,000 kip per day. Everything in Vang Vieng is fairly close by and you can get there within 30 minutes of driving, so a scooter is a great, cheap option.
As I mentioned above, a buggy is a great way to go around the loop and stop off at the different lagoons and viewpoints if you wish. It costs about 600,000 kip to rent a buggy for 4 hours. You can book for longer or shorter too and the price will vary depending on how long you want it.
You can get a tuk-tuk easily. There are many waiting on the side of the roads. Be sure to haggle with them and set a price before you go.
Where to stay in Vang Vieng?
Nanas Backpacker Hostel – I stayed in the same brand hostel in Vientiane and it has to be the nicest hostel I have ever stayed at. It has a pool and gym and is super clean. It offers private rooms as well as dorms.
Confetti Garden Hotel – this 4 star hotel looks to be a great option if you are after something more luxurious. You can get rooms for as little as €30 per night. It has an indoor swimming pool and has a brilliant rating of 9.6 on booking.com. The reviews are also very good, making it a good option.
I hope you enjoyed this itinerary of 3 days in Vang Vieng. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. Plus, share it with your friends if you found it helpful.
After your 3 days in Vang Vieng, you can continue your travels to other parts of Laos, such as the capital city of Vientiane or the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang (read my 2 day itinerary here).
I hope you have a great time in Vang Vieng!
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