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About Muang Vangviang
Price: 3 €
Traveling time: 5 hoursTook the local bus at Vientiane at 3pm. You'll get to V.V. in the dark and they'll drop you off at, what seems to be, an airstrip. Aim for the lights! That's where the town is!
Tips & Tricks
- Try to get here before dark...easier to get your bearings and to find a hostel.
- Watch out: many people have died over the last years while tubing & drinking!
Things to see
It's €5.50 to rent the tube and there's a €6 deposit (be back before 6pm or loose it). The price includes a tuk-tuk to the startingpoint. There are 12 bars (only on the first half) offering free shots, slides and zip-lines. Do take in mind the low tide (Nov-April): There's hardly any current and it will take about 3 hours paddling yourself back into town. It only takes 1 hour during the monsoon.
The water looks extremely blue, but the surroundings are really bare and boring. There's also a cave you can visit (lights can be rented). We didn't think it was interesting and pleasant enough to stay all day. You can't really cycle all the way here. The dirt road is bumpy and it's about 6 km out of town. Cheapest way is to find more people to share a tuk-tuk with (with 4/5 people it will cost €2.50 each)
Plenty! I don't remember the name of the one I stayed at, but it was on the 1st street left of Kangmuong street (seen from main road). It was cheap, clean, cool (temp.) with bathroom and warm water.
All over town
These stalls sell delicious sandwiches with French bread (bacon, chicken and cheese with lettuce, tomatoes and mayo-mustard-ketchup is my favorite!). Chocolate pancakes are great before partying :)
Near the river, everybody knows where!
Famous for its buckets, full of alcohol mixers (€4). Lovely place with good music and really nice hammocks to chill in. Even a nice dancing stage! Light garlands everywhere make the place cosy.
Near the river, up the road from Bucket Bar
Some people start at Smile bar for the free drink, but most people come here after the Bucket Bar closes.