Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng, Adventure For Everyone

When planning a trip, recommendations about a place are always shared with friends and travelers. There is often, a lot of opinions. Sometimes places have a bad reputation and are bypassed from travel plans, but when you look a little deeper or even try it for yourself, you might be pleasantly surprised.

That place for us was Vang Vieng, in Laos.

This place was plagued with heavy partying, drugs, and serious accidents and ONLY for young adult backpackers. In 2012, there were significant changes, and now it has become a beautiful outdoor playground for EVERYONE!

Tubing down the Nam Song and stopping from bar to bar is a young person’s thing, but this place offers so much more! How about kayaking you can sit back and let your wife do all the work??

This small town has energy, enthusiasm, and it has quickly become our favorite place in Laos. The community here wants to make it work with local businesses and expats who have set up businesses here. It’s safe and incredibly friendly. Many travelers just side step it and fly into Luang Prabang, and they don’t travel further south.

This place is for adventure for everyone, from couples, families, the young and the mature! Renting a bike to see the countryside is a must in Vang Vieng – you see villages, caves, and incredible mountain landscapes. Even crossing the seasonal bamboo bridges is an adventure. You can get lost on the dirt roads, but you can quickly navigate your way back, we felt very safe here!

So, wherever you decide to travel, our view is:

There are a lot of opinions. Those opinions may not be right for you. It’s worth asking a lot of questions – based on what you want to see, do and experience. The best way is to check it out for yourself, even for one night.

You might find something you never expected, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

The attached video are highlights of our journey and time in Vang Vieng, Laos traveling from Vientiane, Laos. We visited the back roads of Vang Vieng to the village of Ban Na Som and visited caves like the Blue Lagoon (Tham Phu Kham), the Chang Caves (Tham Jang).

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This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. I’ve never been interested in traveling to Laos, but NOW… This is MY KIND OF PLACE. Thank you for showing me a bit more of the world and what it has to offer. Love this. And, the music is lovely, too. 😉

  2. Your video is alsolutely beautiful…..What an excellent job…..Troy don’t make Dorene do all the work help her…..You look too relaxed…..lol…..Lv

  3. You two continue to inspire me. This is like NOTHING I have ever seen before. Thank you for being so YOU! And Troy, you are such a natural on camera. Who would’ve thought? ha ha….

  4. Thank you for taking us on your adventure of a lifetime! Your video and narration are super. We have only to look at your faces to know how happy you both are. The country is beautiful and you do it justice with your “videography”. Until we meet again, happy trails!

    1. Thanks, Frances. It’s been an incredible learning experience getting behind and in front of the camera. Thanks for your continued support, we really appreciate it!

  5. Love the video! We’ve not been to Laos yet and I kind of wrote it off for a lot of the reasons you introduce in the beginning of the video (I’d heard it was pretty much a place to party with other backpackers, etc and that just didn’t sound like the travel experience I wanted). Nice to see that there is an outdoorsy vibe to it and that some of the backpacker-party vibe has changed. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Looks so amazing. We are catching up on all your Loas videos – – – – somewhere I have always wanted to go to. Go pro shots look great and Dorene you always look fab despite seemingly doing most of the work. 🙂 We just back from a sailing adventure in the Grenadines. Troy – too much sailing for you, not enough lounging. Dorene – you would have loved it. Enjoy your ongoing adventures. We look forward to the next video. Love sharing your adventure. CHEERS! PS The street food looks so amazing. Bringing back memories.

    1. Thanks Helga, you should definitely go! Our next video is out tomorrow to share another part of Laos so stay tuned!
      Yes, Grenadines is on the list, glad you guys had a great time! All the Best D&T

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