Vang Vieng: Spending Time amongst Nature


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Vang Vieng used to have a pretty wild reputation in previous times. The reason is it used to attract a young crowd that came in for a cheap drink and to take a swim in the river. However, in 2012, the government decided on renewing its image. Now, it is more focused on cultural activities rather than just partying hard.  It is the natural beauty of the city that attracted me here.

Here is my list of things to do when you are visiting Vang Vieng.

Go Rock Climbing

I love adventure. This is the reason I planned for a little rock-climbing. You can rent the equipment if you don’t have one. Also, if you are new to this, there is a school to train you. There are many options available. I went for a full day but there are half-day and multi-day options available. Keep in mind that some routes are going to be closed in the rainy season.


Get an inflatable tube to go to the Mulberry Farm for some tuk-tuk. Floating down the stream you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful scenery. Make a pit stop to play volleyball. Make sure that you carry your sunscreen. I got a dry bag from the souvenir shop as it is important to keep your clothes and your phone dry.


Go hiking on the flat land around the river. I simply fell in love with the natural beauty of the spot. You can also go for uphill climbing wading across the river and scrambling up rocks. I hiked to Phagern Mountain top. The clear blue sky against the white flag is just ethereal. It is actually a 30 minutes climb to the top against boulders and wooden ladders. However, the view makes the visit worth it.