Vang Vieng Experience
This half or one day tour combines all the activities that Vang Vieng is famous for, including kayaking on the beautiful Nam Song River surrounded with towering mountains, exploring the beautiful rural scenery and amazing limestone caves, and swimming in crystal clear spring waters.
Half-day programme: Vang Vieng > Viengsamay Tham None > Riverside Boutique Resort
We will transfer around 10km North to the ethnic Khmu village of Viengsamay where after an introduction to the basics of kayaking we shall set off down the beautiful Nam Song river. The river offers various small but fun rapids along the way to Tham Lom (Winding Cave). After exploring the cave we continue traveling downstream to Tham None (Sleeping cave). Which is one of the biggest caves in Vang Vieng and served as a rescue shelter for the villagers during the Second Indochina War. Today it is home to a family of bats and the ‘Magic Stone’ of Vang Vieng. In the rainy season we will swim through the entrance to the cave. The final leg of the journey is a gentle paddle which will return us to Vang Vieng just in time to catch the sunset from the swimming pool at Riverside Boutique Resort.
Full-day programme: Vang Vieng > Viengsamay > 0rganic Farm > Riverside Boutique Resort
We will transfer to ‘Viengsamay’ village around 10 km north of Vang Vieng. After an introduction to the basics of kayaking we shall set off down the beautiful Nam Song river which offers various small but fun rapids along the way to our first stop at Tham Sim cave. Here we will walk up to the massive theater like cave which is full of impressive stalagmites, stalactites and bats! After emerging from the cave a short trek over a pass leads us to a picnic spot on the riverside where we shall enjoy lunch. After lunch we shall continue down the river until the next stop at the Organic Farm where mulberry tea and a variety of different fruit wines are produced.
Continuing on down stream we arrive at Tham None Cave which is one of the largest caves in Vang Vieng! It served as a bomb shelter for local villagers during the Second Indochina War. However, today it is home to a bat family and the ‘Magic Stone of Vang Vieng’. The final leg of the journey is a gentle paddle downstream to Vang Vieng where we shall arrive just in time to catch the sunset from the swimming pool at Riverside Boutique Resort.
Note: The Full-Day Kayaking tour can only be done in the dry season. In the wet season, we start from Pathang village, which is 8km further than Viengsamay village. Lunch will be served at Viengsamay village. Only one cave will be visited, Tham Xang (Elephant cave) due to the fast water running.
|Start||Riverside Boutique Resort at 9:00 or 13:00 (half day) / 9:30 (Full day)|
|End||Riverside Boutique Resort at 13:00 or 17:00 (half day) / 17:00 (full day)|
|Duration||Half or 1 day|
|River Grade||1 - easy|
|Trekking grade||2 - easy|
|Transport||Private songthaew, kayak|
|What to bring||Hat, sunscreen, clothes/shoes to get wet, mosquito repellent, sarong for bathing|
|What is included||Water, English-speaking guide, transport (+ meal only for full-day tour)|
|Duration||Price per person||Private surcharge per group, w/normal transport||Private surcharge per group, w/minivan|
|Vang Vieng Experience||Half day||$66||$44||$32||$30||$22||Upon request|
|Vang Vieng Experience||Full day||$80||$51||$44||$42||$28||Upon request|