Water activity

From Vang Vieng:Tham Xang & Tham Nam with Kayaking or Tubing

Water activity

From Vang Vieng:Tham Xang & Tham Nam with Kayaking or Tubing

From € 19.76 per person

Discover the wonders of Tham Xang and Tham Nam water caves on this full-day tour. Go tubing up to 500 meters into the cave, trek to a local hill tribe, then sail along the Nam Song River either by kayaking or tubing back to the city.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Hotels in Vang Vieng city center.


  • Visit Tham Xang water cave which has an elephant shaped rock formation inside
  • Go tubing through Tham Nam cave and marvel at the numerous stalactites
  • Enjoy a tasty BBQ lunch served on traditional banana leaves
  • Choose between kayaking or tubing along Nam Song River back to the city
Full description
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.
  • Full-day tour
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Vang Vieng
  • BBQ lunch
  • Entrance fees to Tham Xang and Tham Nam caves
  • Tubing gear
  • Kayaking gear
  • Life jacket
  • Waterproof bag
  • Drinking water
  • Insurance
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

Know before you go

  • Please wear sports clothing/active wear
  • Please bring a swimsuit, a towel, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and a set of dry clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

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Great experience with excellent guides! Kayaking is so much fun and so was the cave tubing. Food was good too.

March 10, 2023

Hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht und es war eine nette Gruppe und super Guide

March 8, 2023


In one day we have seen all highlights Vang Vien has to offer. Our guide ‘D’ was the best. Fun, facts and treating the group as family. Thank you for this amazing experience.

January 26, 2023

Product ID: 327371