Vang Vieng, this name should not tell you much but for us at the “Suwan Organic Farmstay”, it’s synonymous with pleasant moments. In fact it’s our “little corner” for our summer getaways or for a relaxing outing during a weekend. The advantage of this place is that it is relatively close to our farm even if it is located on the other side of the Mekong, in the province of Vientiane in Laos.
To get there, nothing easier, just take the bus. At least for the moment because shortly there will also be the option of the train.
Vang Vieng are pleasant walks in the streets of the village, in this beautiful haven of peace surrounded by beautiful views of the surroundings and very lively surroundings near the morning market.
It is of course breathtaking views, landscapes where rice fields and mountains with limestone slopes are home to mysterious caves and some villages seem sealed in time.
But Vang Vieng are also turquoise waters and invitations to swim.
Whether thrill seekers or nature lovers are reassured, the region is a natural haven where you can choose between climbing, trekking, tubing on Nam Som and Nam Ngum rivers, unforgettable walks, feet, kayaking, canoe, buggy or even ballooning.
Our favorite season to go there, from May to November to escape the tourists more and more present for this destination earning just in reputation. But hey, it is enough anyway to go to the country roads to plunge instantly into a generous and preserved environment.
It is this favorite for this region that we want to share with you, and it is thanks to the help of friends living on site that we offer you this excursion of 5 days and 4 nights.
It is also in the hotel of a friend of the family, Trang Tuyet that you will stay. You will spend excellent nights there and have breakfast there. The Victory Hotel is close to a lively center where you can spend your free time evenings.
Program 5 days / 4 nights
Day 1 :
– Arrival at the Victory Hotel and free time. Meeting with our collaborator Trang, owner of the premises
– Breakfast at the hotel and meeting with your private guide
– Viste buggy lagoon with swimming, discovery of a cave and breathtaking viewpoint
– Breakfast at the hotel then our guide will take you to kayak and tubing, visit a second cave.
– Breakfast at the hotel where you will find the buggy and your guide.
– Visit local villages outside Vang Vieng and trekking if you wish …
– Breakfast at the hotel then it will be time to return unfortunately (option: it would be possible to extend your stay if you wish (20 euros / day / room and breakfast / 2 people)
Rates for 2 people:
6,000,000 kips / 620 euros (or 310 euros / person)
Included: hotel, breakfast, private guide, transport to Vang Vieng, excursions, buggy
Not included: lunch and dinner
How to get there ?
To reach Vang Vieng, only the land route is passable. Its aerodrome has been unusable for a long time. You can reach this locality in various ways: bus, minibus, rental car, minivans, etc. Rates and types of transport differ, however, depending on the point of departure. The trip by bus or minibus usually costs 10 dollars but this price varies depending on the circumstances.
The one-way trip is provided either by buses without air conditioning (40000 kips) or by VIP comfort bus (60000 kips). Otherwise, there are minivans whose journey costs between 70000 kips and 80000 kips per head. A car rental from the capital is also an interesting option.
From Luang Prabang
You can choose between VIP bus, Express bus and minibus. A single fare is awarded to VIP buses (130000 kips) and Expres (110000 kips) connecting Luang Prabang and Vientiane. To reach Vang Vieng by these alternatives means to pay this sum and to go down halfway. As for travel by minibus or minivan, it will take 100000 kips ($ 10).
From Udon Thani in Thailand
The direct bus for a one-way trip costs 88000 kips. Passengers can pay the details of their visa when crossing the land border.
So from our farm it is quite possible to reach the bus from Udon Thani or Nong Khai