I think Vang Vieng, part way between Vientiane and Luang Prabang in central Laos, is one of the most picturesque places I have ever seen. Everywhere I looked a different photo-op was waiting for me and my trusty DSLR.
We spent 3 glorious nights in this tiny little town, and managed to take in what felt like a month's worth of adventures. Each day was started with a motorbike exploring the area and taking in various caves, viewpoints and waterfalls. At mid-day we would find something delicious to eat and then spend the rest of the afternoon mimicking the morning. In the evenings it was a cool drink before a scrumptious meal and chatter until our eyes closed of their own volition.
A couple of my favourite stops included the Kaeng Nyui Waterfalls and a hike up to the top of the highest cliff in the area that offered a great panoramic of the Vang Vieng area. Kaeng Nyui was a real treat to find as it was very quiet, and we were able to play and explore a series of waterfalls and pools. We spent an entire morning here relaxing and playing because it was just so serene.
|Lounging around at Riverside Boutique Resort|
Stay: If you want to really splash out I couldn't reccommend the Riverside Boutique Resort more. It was definitely our most luxurious stop with a view over the river and mountains to live for. Luxe, clean, curtious. Bikes on site to rent, though overpriced you'll find a million little places in town for half the cost.
Eat: Organic Mulberry Farm Cafe (no website), was my favourite meal in Vang Vieng. With two locations - one in town, and one at the actual farm (where we ate) - it was a good sample of Lao cuisine. The ingredients are fresh, the dishes tasty, and drinks cold. A perfect rest stop no matter what adventure your day holds.