At the base of the town’s limestone mountains are a network of caves. Padeng Cave and Ring Cave are across the river and along a marked path in the direction of the limestone-mountains. Also the Blue Lagoon, a great spot to relax and cool off. At the Blue Lagoon you can also visit Tham Poukham or “Cave of the Golden Crab,” named because a few of the stalactites and stalagmites look like golden crabs. Water sports such as kayaking and tubing are popular and rock climbing is also a growing pastime. Just off of route 13 north are two of Vientiane Province’s well known attractions: a small man-made reservoir known as Nong Nok near Ban Sivilay which is a great bird watching site; and the ancient Vang Xang Buddha images and sculptures that are carved into the side of a sandstone escarpment.
Climate: Vang Vieng has a tropical savannah climate with a dry and a wet period. Most rain falls from May till September. The rest of the year is relatively dry.
The best time to visit: The best time to visit Vang Vieng is during the dry season from November to March, when temperature is cooler and drier, while heavy afternoon rains from May to September mean the lush scenery is as its best.
Getting here: From Vientiane it is a 3-hour-drive and Luang Prabang 7-hour-drive.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
November to January is the best time to visit lowland Laos, when daytime temperatures are agreeably warm, evenings are slightly chilly and the countryside is green and lush after the rains. However, at higher elevations temperatures are significantly cooler, sometimes dropping to freezing point. In February, temperatures begin to climb, reaching a peak in April, when the lowlands are baking hot and humid.
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
The easiest and quickest way to get into Laos is to fly. There are three main international airports in Laos, with Vientiane being the main gateway into the country. The three international airports including Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang and Pakse International Airline in Pakse and another international airport near Savannakhet called savannakhet Airport which serves only one international airline to Suvarnabhumu in Thailand.
Airlines flying to & from Laos including Bangkok Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, Lao Airlines, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Air Asia recently.
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