After four and a half  hours by minivan we finally arrived in Vang Vieng,  we decided to stop off on the way to Luang Prabang as we didn’t fancy the 8 or 9 hour direct bus ride with the kids, and gave us the chance to explore this little town favored by backpackers .

Vang Vieng has a notorious past as a Back packer party destination,Famous for its Riverside Raves,Bars with a la carte drug menus, River tubbing (descent of the river On a large inner tube, with frequent stops for a Lao Beer and a space cigarette )   but due to a large amount of backpacker deaths and a government clampdown the town is cleaning up its act… and becoming more suitable for families etc.

The Bars still have a chilled out partie vibe, and the River tubing still thrives along side kayaking down the Nam Song River, there still seems to be riverside raves upstream and outside of town, but this does not spillover into the town making it a very family friendly place

We stayed 2 days, which was perfect for relaxing  and to admire the views from the banks of the river “Nam Song” with its Karst hill backdrop

We had a great time watching girls playing at the edge of the water as we chilled at  “Smile Beach” with a few cold beers watching the hot balloons soar overhead as the sun dropped behind the hills as a steady stream of  kayaks and groups Inner tubes floated by …

Vang Vieng has plenty to offer in the way of outdoor activities and tours, Trecking,Tubing, climbing, kayaking , Quads etc etc… we decided to book an half day Zipline and Kayaking trip with the girls. Its the first time we have done anything like this as a family and the Kids amazed us with their bravery and gungho spirit when it came to the Zip lines followed by  8 kilometers of kayaking.
This left us with a half days to visit a few of the local temples and to meet the monks who live there.

 

A 4.5 heures en minivan de la capitale, nous voilà arrivés à Vang Vieng, afin de faire un break vers notre destination Luang Prabang et d’explorer un peu cette petite ville de backpackers perdue dans les montagnes.

Cà fait tout d’abord bizarre en arrivant d’entendre la techno music dans les bars, de rencontrer des laotiens très décontractés, mais quand on connaît le passé hippie de Vang Vieng, ses fêtes à gogo, ses illustres tubbing (descente de la rivière sur une grosse bouée, avec arrêts fréquents pour une petite Lao Beer)… alors on sourit et on prend vite la température 😉

Nous y sommes restés 2 jours, le temps:

  • d’admirer la vue sur la rivière « Nam Song » et de voir défiler les kayaks, pirogues et tubbing… et de rigoler avec les filles au bord de l’eau… On a adoré l’endroit « Smile Beach »… tout est dit!
  • de s’éclater à faire du zipline (à 8 kms) avec sensations fortes garanties… encore une fois, Bravo les filles!…, puis de revenir en kayak à Vang Vieng au milieu des paysages karstiques, prévoir une demi-journée le tout.
  • de visiter son joli temple et de côtoyer les moines qui y demeurent.
Vue aérienne de Vang Vieng

L’heure de la sieste

Smile Beach
Elle n’est pas belle la vie?..
Tubbing

Vang Vieng by night

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