Vang Vieng made a reputation for itself as an outrageous party town in the 1990s. Today, Vang Vieng attractions are drastically different.
Once a party hotspot, Vang Vieng, a riverside town that lies in between Luang Prabang and Vientiane, is today an eco-adventure paradise with activities catering to an ever-increasing audience of adventurers and affluent travellers looking for a unique Asia experience.
So whether you fancy exploring the Nam Song River or watching the sun rise from a hot air balloon, here are some of the best things to do in Vang Vieng.
What to do in Van Vieng: Adventures Abound
Top Things to Do in Vang Vieng: Food
For a local farm-to-table experience, check out Organic Farm Vang Vieng, a restaurant/farm that serves authentic Laotian cuisine, with all of the produce sourced and prepared on site. The farm also offers tours and cooking lessons for those keen on immersing themselves in local culture.
Want to have a no-frills Korean barbecue meal with friends? Then fire up the grill and savour the wide selection of tantalising meats and seafood at Peeping Som’s Bar and Restauarant, located on the main road in Vang Vieng. Proceed with caution when applying the chilli paste dipping sauce — the kick is fiery!
Meanwhile, Viman Vang Vieng stands out amongst the other restaurants in the city thanks to its unlikely combination of Thai and German food. Here you can find dishes like Thai curry and pad thai on the same menu as classic German foods like bratwurst.
Best Things to Do in Vang Vieng: Fun After Sundown
Nights in Vang Vieng bring out the city’s playful charm. While it is no longer the party town it used to be, Vang Vieng is still home to lively venues like the popular Sakura Bar Vang Vieng, which tends to get crowded early. For a slower pace head to Gary’s Irish Bar instead, where you can feast on televised sport and comfort food.
Whether you are looking for outdoor adventure or simply want a break, there is bound to be something to appeal in Vang Vieng.