Vang Vieng

Road to Vang Vieng

Road to Vang Vieng

The windy roads from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng brought us high in the mountains, covered by dense, tropical vegetation.  It’s beautiful to see the landscapes & daily lives passing by when driving through the villages.  People sitting in front of their porge, children running around, screaming hello while waving whenever a car passes by,  playing with very simple things,… I reminds me of my childhood, when I was doing all those things as well.

Exploring the surroundings of Vang Vieng with Purin

Exploring the surroundings of Vang Vieng with Pumin

When approaching Vang Vieng, the landscape slightly changes and limestones emerge from the ground.  It’s not without a reason that Vang Vieng is called the Laotian ‘Guilin’ or ‘Halong Bay’.  Mountain rivers flow gently along the mountains, through the villages giving us fantastic views.  In the minibus I met Purin, a guy from Thailand who worked for Penpal in Bangkok.  We got along well and spent a couple of days in Vang Vieng.  We rented a motorbike and explored the surroundings.

With Sengkeo, owner & manager of Saeleo Project

With Sengkeo, owner & manager of Saelao Project

On the way to the famous Blue Lagoon, we met Sengkeo.  He’s the owner & manager of the Saelao Project, situated on a few hundred meters of Phonsav cave & the bllue lagoon.  You just can’t miss it!

Sengkeo deserves all the help he can get, so if you plan to visit Laos, be sure to be part of this beautiful project.  Or even just have dinner there… Every contribution helps!

The town of Vang Vieng itself is not really my cup of tea.  Pubs, bars & young, loud party people celebrating & drinking 24h a day!  What bothers me the most are the many restaurants & bars that play American tv shows like Friends, Family Guy, South Park, etc.   The town completely lost its authenticity but luckily the neighboring villages didn’t.  So my advice is to rent a bicycle or motorbike and get out as soon as possible to explore the beauty of the real Laos.

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