7 Things To Do In Vang Vieng, Laos
Yuli Azarch | September 23, 2015 | No Comments on 7 Things To Do In Vang Vieng, Laos
I visited Vang Vieng in Laos for two weeks. This place is simply magical, it is surrounded by green lushes all around you, lots of nature, amazing views. If you are looking for a small and authentic place as well, it is a highly recommended to visit.
What are the things which I recommend doing at the Vang Vieng from my experience?
1) Go see the Blue Lagoon. You will be able to get a Tuk-Tuk easily that will get you there, or rent a motorcycle if you are up for it, the road is bumpy. Price for Tuk-Tuk for getting you there and back should be around 100,000 kips (Local Laos money) and not more. It’s a beautiful place where the waters are clear blue and there is a jump which you can do from a high tree. Around 10 meters high.
2) Visit the Waterfall. There is a beautiful waterfall 30 minutes from the main town. There are barely any tourists there which makes it more appealing to me, and a better way to enjoy the beauties of nature and the waterfall there. Same as for the Blue Lagoon, you can simply get a Tuk-Tuk from anywhere and they will get you there and back easily.
3) There is an organic farm 10 minutes from town center. A great place to visit. I think it is very important to see how our food is grown, and how it is grown organically (aka how it was grown throughout whole history), and it brings a stronger connection between yourself and the food you eat. You can eat a homemade goat cheese, made in the actual farm, and you can enjoy Mulberry drinks and Mulberry shakes (Mulberry is a fruit which is growing on the farm and has lots of health benefits associated to it). Nothing better then drinking and eating the most local food possible, that was not shipped anywhere, and was made just in the last week. The road to the farm is beautiful as well and filled with mountains and green views. You can either take a bicycle which should take you up to 15-20 minutes to get there, or any Tuk-Tuk will get you there in 5-10 minutes.
4) Eating out: Veggie Tables is a restaurant I recommend you to try. The food is simply delicious, very cheap, and comes in big portions. And it’s the only organic restaurant in town. A meal cost me in the restaurant anywhere from $4-$5. They promise to use organic vegetables and no MSG in the restaurant, it is quite rare when you are going to small places, so if you care about your health I recommend dining there. You can find wonderful exotic fruits especially such as Coconut & Durian. you can find them anywhere, very tasty, very local, very healthy and very much recommended to everybody, and very safe food to eat when travelling.
5) Zip Lining, it is actually one of the most scary zip lines I’ve done in my life. I have done a few zip lines in the past, but nothing prepared me to this one. It is a very high zip line, so you are literally on top of the mountains in the air when doing it. You see everything below. Also, the length of the whole lines itself is 3 kilometers. In terms of height it is a few hundred meters below you. It is intense and beautiful zip line for adventure seekers. The views you can enjoy while zip lining:
6) You should drink organic coffee, which is grown in Laos. You can find it in a few places in town and in other places in Laos actually as well. In the past I was quite against coffee, due to it’s acidity and high caffeine, but after reading different scientific research about the potential benefits of coffee, I changed my mind about it. I realized it is not necessarily the coffee that is bad, but the quality of the beans, roasting, which makes it bad. Most crops of coffee in the world are not organic, which is the first problem, and most beans are roasted too much. Good quality coffee beans actually should hold a maximum of one week with the right roasting. Travelling around the world and visiting organic farms where coffee grows, also added another perspective to the matter. However, when you drink organic coffee with the highest quality and purity, it is actually very beneficial for you and very healthy, and not acid at all!
Another thing which fascinated me about coffee, is when reading books about the daily routines about the most creative minds of our time, almost all of them were coffee drinkers, and even quite fanatic about it (In terms of, how much beans to use, kind of roasting).
7) Laos massage will cost you you around $4-$6, for a one hour session. I personally like Thai massage more, I think it is better, and more professional, but for this price who can complain.
The internet and is laos was surprisingly well. I personally used only 3G, so you should get the Unitel company for that with unlimited bandwidth. Wi-Fi in Laos just sucks and doesn’t work at all. I was able to work freely without a problems, as I had a worry about the connectivity and speeds in that country before getting there.
What are you thoughts of this place if you ever been there? Share your thoughts and comments below.