Getting to Vang Vieng:
Although they say the bus from LPB to Vang Vieng is 5 hours anticipate 8-10 hours. This being said it is an absolutely spectacular drive with stunning landscapes and interesting livestock road blocking situations. As much as you may think a mini-van would be more comfortable, trust me, it is not. Get the later busses for more leg room and general personal space.
I stayed in a private bedroom with en suite at Pans Place Guesthouse.The room was basic and the bed was hard as it is made on a concrete slab but fine and very affordable for a night or two. There is no breakfast included but it is close to town and has a cafe downstairs for you to purchase food.
Vang Vieng hosts an array of pubs and eateries. For a Mediterranean fix head to Mamas… Near the river. The food is good and more importantly affordable. I have heard great things about the Irish pub for a fun night out too.
Things to do:
Although Vang Vieng is notorious for it’s tubing and river side drinking there is quite a lot of natural beauty to explore and other things to do too.
I would recommend a day trek if you are into hiking. If you are not keen to float on rubber and get pissed in the river then I would also recommend a kayaking trip. I booked through Green Discovery Tours and besides my kayaking partner, which you can read all about in Introspection & Italian incidences, I have nothing but good things to say about the experience. We also got to go trekking, caving and ate a delicious lunch amongst the rice paddies and avian.
Yoga: Yoga is available at Ban Sabai. However, similarly to LPB it is generally closed during the rainy season July- September.
What is your most memorable moment from Vang Vieng?