Climbing to the Viewpoint
There are a few good places to hike up and enjoy the view. I went to the Pha Ngern View Point. To get there, you should rent a motorbike and drive there from the city. It’s not that far, and you could walk or take a bicycle to get there; however the way up is not that easy and if you’re already tired it might not be the best thing. The entrance fee is 10.000 LAK (1 Euro), and then you are free to hike up. Take a bottle of water with you. They tell you that it is only 20 minutes to the top but in reality, it’s about one hour and it goes straight up. The way is quite challenging, but the view is so worth the effort. Arriving on top, you have an amazing 360 degrees view over the city, the mountains, and the surrounding villages.
Watching the sunset in a rice field
When you are either climbing up one of the tops or visiting the blue lagoon, you should wait for nightfall and drive with your motorbike into a rice field and just sit there and watch the sunset. It was quiet, peaceful and beautiful to watch it there. You can also go and fly with a hot air balloon to see the sunset, but it’s costly.
Visiting the Blue Lagoon
Around Vang Vieng, you can find five blue lagoons. The blue lagoon 1 is the most popular and the nearest to the city. However, this lagoon is quite touristic, and big groups of Korean people arrive there and overrun the place. It’s still lovely to jump a few times and to cool down from the hot weather. If you want to escape these groups you can visit the Blue Lagoon 3, from friends I heard that this is the best one.
Tubing down the river
Tubing in Vang Viene is definitely not anymore what it was before. Before 32 bars were situated along the river and 400 people did it daily. Because of the high alcohol consumption, there were some deaths, and one of them was the son of an Australian diplomat. In consequence of that, the Australian government forced the closure of this pleasure. I found this story so interesting that I had to tell you about the background.
Although it’s not the same, it’s still worth doing. There are only 2 bars along the way left, and they are in the beginning and where you arrive. There are also less people but the vibe is still good. Just go to the shop which is located in the middle of the city, pay 60.000 LAK and 20.000 LAK deposit and get a free tuk-tuk ride to the beginning which is about 4 km outside the city. From there you start your journey and drift down the river in your tube. You can stop at the two bars in the beginning and enjoy a drink and good music and jump on the tube and go further down. It’s pretty relaxing, and the views are beautiful.
Partying in Sakura Bar
I don’t drink any alcohol anymore, but I spend four days in a row in the Sakura Bar because the party was so good. The music is fantastic, best EDM sounds and vibes I heard in a very long time, and the Korean people do the best party! Go there before 9 pm and enjoy a free whiskey with a mixer and drink it while sitting next to the campfire. At around 10 pm the vibe is going up very fast when the music turns up, and the Korean people show up. At 10.30 pm the club is on fire, and a mix of Western, Korean and local people jump to amazing EDM beats and dance like crazy. I mean even completely sober this is a fantastic a totally insane party! Unfortunately, everything closes at 12 am, but on Fridays, the jungle party continues until 4 am. I didn’t make it to that party because I was so exhausted from dancing in Sakura Bar. Hands up for this bar!
- Total countries I visited until now: 33
- Planes: 7
- Busses: 34
- Trains: 14
- Boats: 13
- Km running: 1216