I arrived in Vang Vieng at sunset and, after dropping off my bags at my accommodation, I went straight to the river to watch the sun disappear behind the hills. I was blown away by the beauty of the place. Vang Vieng has a reputation for “tubing” – riding down the river on inflatable tubes and stopping at bars along the way – but there is so much more to it than this.
The town itself is pretty basic with bars, restaurants and the usual touristy gift shops. But the landscape around the river is absolutely gorgeous and I would highly recommend that you take some time to explore it. I took part in a much more calm version of tubing, where I explored caves by tube (no alcohol involved!). I also trekked through the countryside to a small cave temple and kayaked down the Nam Song River, which was so beautiful.
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