Information post for those traveling to Laos in Vang Vieng (Vang Vieng). Gathered here everything that I ever needed. The rest, as usual in the comments that I know will tell. If a you will be in Laos, you should go there, do not limit yourself only the capital is Vientiane, in which there is nothing to do.
The content of the article
- 1 How to get to Vang Vieng from Vientiane
- 2 Where to stay in Vang Vieng – our guesthouse
- 3 What to see in Vang Vieng
- 4 Rent a motobike and bicycle
- 5 Map Vang Vieng
How to get to Vang Vieng from Vientiane
Buses are very “comfortable”. So if you picky, it is better to buy tickets not at the bus station, and in your guesthouse It seems like they should be normal. We chose ordinary buses to better immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the country.
Bus to Vang Vieng
Bus to Vang Vieng
Bus timetable to Van Vieng (from the central bus station) 7.00, 8.00, 9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 13.00, 14.00 15.30, 16.00 (40.000 kip or 120r), the journey time is 4 hours
Bus timetable to Van Vieng (if you buy a ticket to Travel agency or guesthouse) 10.00, 14.00 (50.000kip or 200r), travel time 3 hours.
Bus timetable to Luanprobang (if you buy a ticket to travel agency or guesthouse) 8.00 (150.000kip or 580r) and at 18.30 (170.000kip or 650r), travel time 10 hours.
Bus timetable to Vientiane from Vang Vieng: 5.30, 6.00, 6.30, 7.00, 9.00, 10.00, 12.30, 13.00, 14.00.
Bus Schedule Vang Vieng – Vientiane
In Vang Vieng bus stops near a large asphalt sites – this is a former military airfield, that’s where you need to go. Literally 5 minutes towards the river (on the left), is downtown and a bunch of guesthouses. The bus goes further to the bus station (another 2 km).
Former military airfield in Vang Vieng
Where to stay in Vang Vieng – our guesthouse
Here with this question you can not bathe. Main part of Vang Vieng – These are solid guesthouses. It’s definitely not a problem finding accommodation here. just go into everything and see the room.
If you want to book in advance, then here is a link to convenient hotel search service in Vang Vieng, RoomGuru, c reviews from people and photos. Sometimes it’s still more convenient to do everything in advance, especially those who do not like to go and look on the spot.
The cost of living starts from 40.000kip (160r), but more often The total meeting price is 80.000 (320r). There are more expensive. Wifi is almost everywhere, but it is terribly slow, so in this respect it is necessary relax. Internet cafes are also common here.
We lived in a simple AK Guesthouse for 50.000kip (200r), shower and toilet inside, fan, wifi. The owners have their own cafe, and we ate only there, very tasty.
Our Guesthouse A.K.Guesthouse
What to see in Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng offers plenty of entertainment for tourists – caves, kayaking, tubing, rock climbing, hiking and cycling trekking. These services are designed for people in the first just trying these sports, well, or they can be considered only as entertainment. We tried rock climbing and kayaking, yes This is interesting, but expected more.
Kayaking in Vang Vieng
Tubing in Vang Vieng
Due to the fact that there are several times more foreigners here than local, awesome lao everything put on stream: do you want on the bridge go across the river – 10,000 kip (40 rubles), if you want to enter the cave – still 10,000 kip It is best to read a little, but look at the map where to go and where not.
Standard entrance – 10.000 kip
Caves worth seeing:
- Tham Chang Cave Cave (Tham Jang Cave)
- Water Cave or Tham Nam
- Poukham Cave Cave (Blue Lagoon)
– a large, illuminated cave located just 2 km south of Vang Vieng, go only 15 minutes. Next to her great font with very clear water, only for the sake of it you can go. No people lots of. Entrance 15.000kip (60r), plus payment for crossing the bridge – 2000 (8р) kip from the person. Wang wrote about her here Vieng – caves and pseudo-lagoon.
– located 15 km north of Vang Vieng. There is water everywhere, and you move through it in the inner tube (tubing) holding on hands over the rope. We did not go, but the people are delighted. Entry 10,000 Kip (40p), plus another payment tires. As a rule, everyone buys excursion to this cave in a travel agency, which also includes kayaking Next to this cave there are 3 more, they are not so interesting.
– located 7 km west from Vang Vieng, across the river. One of most popular places. Near the cave is a blue lagoon. (Blue Lagoon), where everyone is swimming and jumping from the bungee. entrance 10.000kip for the cave and lagoon. (! note, there are often pointers on the pseudo blue lagoons, so the locals lure away to myself tourists!)
Some prices for excursions to Vang Vieng: – 130.000kip (520r) half day climbing on the rocks – 180.000kip (700r) kayaking up Vientiane (actually 2-3 hours by kayak, the rest by car) – 100.000kip (400r) one-day trekking to the mountains
If you do not want to pay for excursions, then the main direction for The terrain research is west. Take a bike or bike and driving, focusing on the map.
Rent a motorbike and bike
Rent here occurs at every turn, and probably rises in price with every year. The cost of a motorbike is 40.000kip (160r) a handle, and 70.000kip (270r) automatic, use time from 7 am to 7 pm. When renting for 24 hours, the cost increases by 1.5 times. On the map I indicated a place with these prices. Elsewhere, 50.000kip (200r) and 100.000kip (400r), respectively, and when renting around the clock still expensive.
Rent a bike 10-15.000kip (40-60r) for the city, and 30.000kip (120r) for the mountain. City do not recommend taking, asphalt there is only in Vang Vieng itself, and in the district there are only dirt roads. Mountain bikes, however, all dead at all, we went around 3 places and They couldn’t find any serviceable ones either without brakes or without pedals, the switches do not work. As a result, found for 15.000 kip killed, but for an adequate price.
Yes, such a moment, on the dirt roads Vang Vieng is very dusty! So do not plan on foot for a long time to walk on them, very straining.
Very dusty roads around
Map Vang Vieng
By tradition, the map of Vang Vieng in the form of google maps with my tags, maybe something useful.
And there are still very useful and detailed maps of Wang Vieng, with explanations, names and almost all routes. Highly recommend! It is better to print, because what they sell on the spot is not a card, but one name. I brought cards to a separate post – Detailed map of Vang Vieng.
Life hacking 1 – how to buy a good insurance
Choosing insurance is now unrealistically difficult, therefore, to help everyone travelers, I make a rating. To do this, constantly monitor forums, I study insurance contracts and use insurance by myself.
Life hacking 2 – how to find a hotel 20% cheaper
First, choose a hotel on Booking. They have a good base offers, but the prices are NOT the best! The same hotel is often possible find 20% cheaper in other systems through the RoomGuru service.