Discover Trip to Vang Vieng - Vientiane
Vang Vieng is known as party central, natural wonder and the land of backpackers all in one. Situated 155 km north of Vientiane and on the road towards Luang Prabang, this area has endured much and more than lives up to the labels that people place upon it. Trip Guru highly suggests taking a look if you're interested in natural wonders such as caves, diving into lagoons and are a fan of rock climbing.
For the eager explorer, there are a myriad of caves you can pass through. After walking through a hiking trail, you may see the entrance to Tham Phu Kham cave, which is an adventurous 200m climb, with some steep sections. The cave is an underground maze of fascinating crevices, each maw full of stalagmites and stalagtites, with cool moist air. Keep your eyes peeled for a chamber with a sunlit reclining Buddha. At the bottom of the track to the cave is the blue lagoon, a crystal-clear pool perfect to end your trip and to wash away any cave dust.
Meanwhile, the Tham Nam (water cave) is a long, winding cave that stretches as long as 7km, or even longer. A unique feature of this cave is that during the wet season, you need to explore with an inner tube or by wading through, using a rope to pull yourself further into the cave. It's recommended that you have other people with you for this one-of-a-kind experience, and you can get quite the workout by crawling through crevices and should not be missed.
Tham Phu Kham cave and the Blue Lagoon are located near the village of Ban Na Thong, 7km west of Vang Vieng town, accessible by tuktuk or you can ride a songthaew from Vang Vieng. It's open from 8am to 7pm. For Tham Nam, follow Route 13 north and turn left at Km14, then follow a dirt road for 1km until you reach the river. Then you can take a boat to cross the river and see Tham Xang, where Tham Nam is a short walk away.