Vientiane Province’s Top Attractions

  Caves Just 4 km north of Vang Vieng, and easily accessed from Route 13, you can inspect Tham Lom (Wind Cave). You’ll have to climb over boulders and up a steep path to reach the entrance. Then, turn on your torch to explore the 1-km cave that’s about 5 metres wide, and coated with … Read more

Things to Do in Vientiane Province

Vang Vieng The world’s river-tubing capital offers more than a thrilling ride down the Nam Song River. Vang Vieng’s backdrop of limestone outcrops is filled with caves to explore, trails to trek, and waterfalls with swimming pools. Extreme adventurers can climb cliffs or take the “Vang Vieng Challenge”. Hitting the River Hop in a big … Read more

Vientiane’s History

  As the Luang Prabang-based kingdom began to spread, it stepped into Vang Vieng, settling “Muang Song” in 1353, as a staging post on the road to Vientiane City. The French colonials changed the name to Vang Vieng in the 1890s. The town expanded during the second Indochina War from 1964-1973, when the US built … Read more

Travel Guide to Vientiane Province

Though often overlooked, the province is easy to access, and an adequate local transport system offers several ways to get around. Accommodation is readily available in all price ranges, and dining choices start giving you a true taste of Laos. Busses to towns in the province depart from the capital’s Central Bus Station near the … Read more

Getting around Vientiane Province

Vang Vieng Vang Vieng holds a variety of options for going on self-guided adventures around town, to the caves, along the river, and into the mountains. By foot, you can stroll around town to see the temples, find a restaurant or bar, or cross a suspended bridge to a relaxing hammock on the Nam Song … Read more

Vientiane Province Accommodation

Looking for a peaceful riverside hotel or lively resort with water sports? How about a quiet bungalow in nature? Vientiane’s top tourism spots offer more than 250 places to stay that meet every taste and budget. Vang Vieng is heading upscale, with hotels and resorts for families, Millennials, and Baby Boomers replacing many of the … Read more

Getting to Vientiane Province

  Public and VIP busses to towns in the province depart from the capital’s Central Bus Station behind the Morning Market. Busses leave on the hour for Vang Vieng (LAK40,000) and Thalat/Nam Ngum (LAK15,000). A daily bus departs for Kasi at 08:30 for LAK50,000. You can also book passage in a van for Vang Vieng … Read more

Vientiane Province Waterfalls

  Kaeng Nyui Loop Take a spin on the Kaeng Nyui Waterfall Loop. After a short 4-km drive past the Vang Vieng airstrip to Ban Naduang, follow a 400-metre trail along the Houay Nyui and Nam Lao streams. You’ll cross bridges, and pass several cascades and rapids. The path ends at Kenlon falls dropping about … Read more

Vientiane Province Ethnic Diversity

  The Lao Loum (lowlanders) live in the floodplain, and make up the majority of the country’s population. Laos’ substantial Lao Sung population tends to live at higher elevations. However, these two main groups consist of smaller ethnicities in Vientiane including the Hmong, Yao, Khmu, and Lao Theung.  The Lao Loum is the official designation … Read more

Vientiane Province’s Buddhist Temples & Shrines

  In the town’s north, Vat Mahathat was originally built on 18 stone pillars in 1880. Stop at Vat Kang, before visiting Vat Sisoumang, built in 1944 by a local named Chanthao. In the town’s southernmost village, Ban Meuang Xong, you’ll find Vat Meuang Xong (Vat Mixay), built in 1889. Vat Mahathat: Begin your Vang … Read more