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Vang Vieng: Kayaking & Cave Tubing with Zip Line/Blue Lagoon

1. Vang Vieng: Kayaking & Cave Tubing with Zip Line/Blue Lagoon

Start your full-day adventure with pickup from your hotel in Vang Vieng and join a 6-mile ride north to Ban Vieng Samai, the kayak starting point. Your kayaking guide will provide you with paddling instructions before you set off downstream on Nam Song River. On the journey, glide over many small rapids and enjoy the scenery of the incredible mountain karts along both sides of the river. Then, take a break from your kayaking tour with a visit to Tham Nam Cave. Tube inside the marvelous, 1,640-foot-long cave, dragging yourself with the help of a fixed rope. Take some time to enjoy a picnic lunch and then hop back on your kayak, paddling until you reach the center of Vang Vieng. Afterwards, you will have the choice to either be transferred back to your hotel, or to participate in activities such as zip lining and swimming in the Blue Lagoon 1. Before the zip line experience, your guide will walk you through instructions and safety training. Fly 4,440 feet over the green forest and river. The journey consists of 7 lines, 12 platforms, and 2 bridges. The Blue Lagoon 1 is one of the most famous locations in the city. Sit back and relax or jump in the natural pool to cool down. After your fun day out, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Vang Vieng in the evening.

From Vang Vieng:Tham Nangfar & Tham Nam with Kayaking

2. From Vang Vieng:Tham Nangfar & Tham Nam with Kayaking

See the very best that Vang Vieng’s landscape has to offer while enjoying an action-packed day of adventure. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel then heads to Tham Xang, also known as Elephant Cave. The cave lies on the bank of the Nam Song River and is an important Buddhist temple with a remarkable limestone formation inside. Listen to your guide share fascinating insight into the history of this charming cave which dates back thousands of years. Next, pass through a small Lao farm village, bursting with luscious green rice fields. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear spring water that lies at the mouth of Tham Nam water cave, then go tubing up to 500 meters inside. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, fill up with a tasty BBQ lunch served on banana leaves. After lunch, it’s time to start making your way back to the city along the river, either by kayaking or tubing. For the kayaking option, your guide drives you to the starting point in Khmu Village, 10 km north of the city. From here, start the 3-hour kayaking journey down to the Vang Vieng, stopping at idyllic bars along the river for refreshments and a well-deserved rest. The journey follows a few twists and turns, and you’ll pass by local fishermen at work on this gentle journey. Arrive in the city just in time to view the beautiful sunset over the mountains. The tubing option starts at Ban Phou Din Daeng, which is 4 km north of Vang Vieng. Sit back and relax as your tube glides along the river, and soak up the surrounding scenic views from start to finish. Your guide explains how to control your tube on the water, and leads the group downstream in a kayak.

Half-Day Nam Song River Kayak Tour with Zipline or Tham None

3. Half-Day Nam Song River Kayak Tour with Zipline or Tham None

Start your half-day trip with pickup from your accommodation in Vang Vieng city center and transfer to the kayak starting point. Before kayaking experience begins, your guide will give you the basic paddle instructions and some history about the mighty Nam Song river. Glide over many small rapids and enjoy the scenery of the incredible mountain peaks along both sides of the river. Apart from the kayaking experience, you can also choose to partake in either the zip-lining experience or Tham Nam None cave tubing. If you choose the zip line option, you’ll experience the green forest canopy that covers the mountains on the side of the river. Make your way along a stream down to the zip line at the Tham None river bank. Take a short trek up to the hut on Phar None (sleeping wall). This is a great location for taking pictures of the surrounding mountains, and has a beautiful view of the Nam Song river. Get strapped in and take an exciting zip line ride flying over the green forest and river below. There are 6 lines in total for you to enjoy. If you choose the Tham Nam None Cave option, you can explore the secluded cave that served as a place of refuge for people caught up in the chaos of the Indochina Wars. Making your way into the cave by an inflatable tube, pull on a rope to reach the walking point where you’ll see many beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.

Vang Vieng: Half-Day Zip Lining with Cave Exploration Option

4. Vang Vieng: Half-Day Zip Lining with Cave Exploration Option

Experience the green forest canopy that covers the mountains on the side of the river. Make your way along a stream down to the zip line at the Tham None river bank. Get strapped in and take an exciting zip line ride over the green forest and river below. There are 6 lines in total for you to enjoy. Before the zip line experience, your guide will walk you through the instructions and safety training. Fly 4,440 feet over beautiful landscape.  You can also choose an option to upgrade your journey by visiting Tham Nam None Cave during this half-day tour. If you choose the Tham Nam None Cave option, you can explore the secluded cave that served as a place of refuge for people caught up in the chaos of the Indochina Wars. Make your way into the cave on an inflatable innertube and pull on a rope to reach the walking point  to see many beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.

Vang Vieng: Blue Lagoon and Countryside Bike Tour with Lunch

5. Vang Vieng: Blue Lagoon and Countryside Bike Tour with Lunch

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Vang Vieng at 9am and heads off-road into the surrounding jungle landscapes. On a mountain bike, follow your experienced guide out of town, crossing over the Nam Song River bridge towards Phu Kham Cave. Climb to the top of the mountain to reach the cave and discover the religious statues hidden inside. Continue the ride along the Blue Lagoon Loop, soaking up the breathtaking countryside scenery that surrounds you. Arrive at Vang Vieng’s most popular attraction, Blue Lagoon One, and enjoy some time to cool off in the water and rest your legs. Hop back on your bike for the next part of the tour, which travels across rough dirt roads for about 30 km. There’s plenty of opportunities along the way for a well-deserved break as well as time to take photos of the view. Throughout the ride, pass by several small local villages to learn about the region’s culture and heritage. As the tour comes to an end, cycle your way back towards Vang Vieng and into the center of town. Once you reach the end of the Blue Lagoon Loop, enjoy drop-off to your hotel at around 4pm.

Vang Vieng: Jungle & Caves Full-Day Private Trekking Tour

6. Vang Vieng: Jungle & Caves Full-Day Private Trekking Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Vang Vieng at 9:00 AM. Drive out to the village of Phathao, located 12 kilometers to the north of Vang Vieng. After reaching the mountain range, climb to an elevation where you’ll find some beautiful panoramic views. It’s the nicest way to see Vang Vieng from high above. Near the top of this ridge lies the Tham Hok Cave. There, you will be met by some of the most impressive stalactites and stalagmites to be found in Vang Vieng’s many caves. After spending some there, make the descent down the far side of the mountain, where "Secret Eden" awaits you. Enjoy plenty of time for a swim in the cool water and a picnic lunch before returning back to your hotel in Vang Vieng.

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What people are saying about Vang Vieng

Overall rating

4.4
(41 reviews)

This was definitely one of the best tour we did on Southeast Asia. Te group was small (5 including the two of us), and there was three guides. Kayaking was the best part. Great views, only us were there at the moment so not crowded. Its definitely worth it.

I really enjoyed this tour. Kayaking, cave tubing and blue lagoon were a lot of fun. Our group was not interested in zip lining but we could see other people were quite fond of the experience. In other words, money well spent.

Gives you a taste of all the things Vang Vieng has to offer: kayaking, caves, tubing, lagoons. Also, takes the hassle out of arranging transport to and from each activity.

Really enjoyable experience and a unique way to see the country side

Good fun, I didn't have any guide, you can actually do it alone