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Vang Vieng town itself is quiet when the party crowd is tubing upriver.  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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Vang Vieng Sports & Activities

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Trekking, kayaking and caving

VLT Natural Tours is a Vangvieng based tour company offering a full range of group and customized tours. A friendly and honest company who would like to help you to explore the beautiful nature in Vangvieng and the culture of the Lao people.

All of the tours come with a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the tour in any way. They listen to customer’s feedback and always try to improve their service.


This does not require booking. Simply go to the bank and walk towards the river. The villagers have two companies in cartel alternating the service approximate 100 metres from the river. It costs 55,000 Kip for the tube and a 60,000 Kip deposit.

At midday to 2PM, it is reasonable time to go because almost everyone else is still asleep. Enjoy the magnificent view of the mountains beside the river. There are many beer and other pit stops along the way. Also, try the diving stop and the swing. Some dry bags may not be of the best quality, often digital cameras get ruined by faulty dry bags rented to tourists, so beware and if in doubt, don't bring your camera.

Tubing in Vang Vieng.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Tubes have to be back by 6PM to get the deposit and in winter it gets a bit cold from 4PM, so start early. Ride at least one rapid before starting the party to avoid disturbing guests visiting the Organic Farm. Some westerners have the job of promoting bars. The party scene has taken over and the owners use humongous loudspeakers, effectively blocking out any singing of birds.


Beware of tubes getting stolen while stopping at bars, you may lose your deposit and the ride down. Tubes get stacked up at each bar so keep an eye on how many are left, especially at the first few bars where lots of people arrive without their own tube. If you're not used to drinking liquor, stick with beer and for reasons of safety and common sense consider avoiding alcohol completely if entering the water. 

During rainy season, eye infections are not uncommon. Get yourself eye drops (available at the local pharmacy for 20,000 Kip). Also, consult your doctor about taking doxycyclin.

Organic farming

3km north of Vang Vieng, close to where the main tubing run commences, there's an organic farm. It is noise free until about 11AM and again when the last revelers go back to town at about 6PM. The organic farm has dormitory, budget and more luxurious rooms for rent. They teach the village kids, build mud brick buildings, learn and teach farming, eat organic food and off to bed at 10PM.

Rock climbing

There are excellent walls for everyone from first timers to pros. The day trips which includes guide, all gear, lunch, transport starts from USD$20. 

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