A popular destination for tourists, some travellers may find Vang Vieng a bit too Westernised for their liking.
The abundance of young, party-loving travellers, lured to Vang Vieng by the popular (and dangerous) tubing activities that used to occur there (they still happen to some extent, but much of it has been closed down due to deaths), may turn some off visiting the town, but I would urge you to visit this place of paradise.
Getting drunk and tubing down a river, stopping at riverside bars to get progressively drunker, isn’t the only drawcard of Vang Vieng.
In fact, it would be a small part of it.
I loved Vang Vieng for the adventure – we went tubing inside caves – a huge feat for me, as I have some claustrophobia; we went kayaking; and jumped out of trees into the gorgeous blue lagoon.
A tuk tuk ride along the back roads and across the rickety bridges of Vang Vieng could also be considered an adventure sport in itself.
Of course, if you want to party, Vang Vieng is certainly a good place for it.
By night you’ll find many good bars with wonderful deals if you want to get your drink on.
Enjoy this wonderful town – it was my favourite destination in Laos.