First of all, if you didn't already know, Laos is a very beautiful country. Being the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, it is home to beautiful mountains, lush rainforests, rice paddies, and lovely people.
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Vang Vieng is one of the towns with the most stunning scenery in the country, surrounded by limestone karsts with a river running through it. It's the stuff dreams and movies and dream movies are made of.
Being so small, it attracts a large number of tourists, especially backpackers. It used to be known as a party town with the backpacker-famous tubing pub crawl where young people would hop from one river bar to the other on inflated inner tubes. After some deaths occurred as a result of that, they put stricter regulations on the activity to make it less dangerous. It can still be done but don't expect the rope swings to go along with it.
There are quite a few activities to do around the town. It is centered around tourism now. One of the most popular things to do is go to the Blue Lagoon about 7 kms out of town. You can rent a bicycle like my brother and I did. You can also rent a motor scooter or just take a taxi out to it.
The road to get there is breathtaking. Surrounded by towering karsts and farmers working their rice paddies. It felt like I was in a movie.
Rice farmers at the foot of the limestone karst mountains
Just follow the signs to the Blue Lagoon. At the same site is a cave called Tham Phu Kham. It's free to enter and fun see. If you want to go deep into it be sure to bring a good light.
Tham Phu Kham means Cave of the Golden Crab
The Blue Lagoon is basically just a slow-moving river that has an amazing blue color in the dry season. We went in the wet season so it was more green. There are rope swings, a slide and a big tree to jump off of into the cool, deep water. If you're not a confident swimmer, life jackets can be rented. Drinks and snacks are sold there so you can spend as much time there as you like. It makes for a great half day adventure. What I recommend while you are out there is to go a little further along the road where you can climb up one of the karst mountains you have been gawking at all day. That will be in my next post so be sure you're following me to get the scoop on that.
Would you jump off the tree into the Blue Lagoon? Let me know in the comments.