Vang Vieng Experience
Vientiane, Vang Vieng
Dinner at the hotel | Riverside Boutique Resort or similar
This morning we travel on route N10 out to Vang Vieng. Stop at Ban Hai for those who are interested to sample a traditional dessert “Kao Larm” and discover its special cooking techniques – rice mix in coconut milk stuff in bamboo tube prepared to cook on fire. Bamboo tube also treated as a cooker both for water and food used by hunters or where cooking materials are difficult to get. Visit Ban Keun’s salt mine extraction, the main salt distributor for Vientiane and probably the entire. Tha Hua village, the next one on route, is also famous for dried fishes and dried cassava chip. Reach Vang Vieng in time to explore Tham Jang cave and not to miss out it is surrounding karst scenery. The rest of the day is at leisure. Transfer to your hotel and free at leisure.
Approximate travel time: 3-4hours
Vang Vieng, Vientiane
Breakfast at the hotel, Lunch at local restaurant |
Transfer to the north of Vang Vieng, our first cave exploration today is Tham Xang (Elephant Cave), that lies on the opposite banks of the Nam Song River. It is an important Buddhist temple and owes its name to a remarkable limestone formation. The nearby Tham Hoi cave (Snail cave) winds its way deep into the mountain. One hour of exploration through numerous corridors ends at a crystal-clear spring. Here, swimming in the stream – in a cave lit up by candles – is possible all the year round. The most beautiful cave on this trip is Tham Loup (Deep cave) known for its many stalagmites and stalactites.
Another chill pool of spring water lies at the mouth of Tham Nam (Water cave), is also the popular place for a swimming and tubing. Picnic lunch served nearby the area before starting the first trek out to Hmong village of Phathao passing by farmers’ rice paddy fields and vegetable gardens. We begin to kayak down the Nam Song river through idyllic scenes of rural life, and view of limestone mountains. Transfer back to Vientiane in the late afternoon via the new highway route.
Approximate travel time: kayaking 1.5hour, caving 1hour
Notes: Please bring comfortable shoes, sun lotion, hat, mosquito repellent.