With Nam Song river flowing through the heart of town, Vang Vieng is expectedly an aquatic paradise.
Tubing: Vang Vieng's most famous attraction, tubing is a must-do when you're at Vang Vieng. Many visitors can spend half a day tubing, as they get lost in the mystic and serenity of Nam Song river. Whether you're tubing to check it off your bucket-list, soak in the scenery, or hop between bars with friends, there are strategies to maximise your enjoyment. A good website to peruse is the culture trip: https://theculturetrip.com/asia/laos/articles/the-ultimate-guide-to-tubing-in-vang-vieng-laos/
Kayaking: Tackle the rapids around Vang Vieng by choosing between half-day runs down the Nam Song to multi-day camping trips. There are multiple registered companies offer kayaking with lessons for paddlers of all abilities. Couple Vang Vieng’s spectacular scenery with silence and solitude.
Swimming: Looking to take a dip? Vang Vieng offers several swimming opportunities with a natural backdrop. East of town, Kenlon Waterfall in the Kaeng Nyui group offers a pleasant swimming hole. Along Route No.13, you can wade in the Po River at the KM 161(Lak 161) Bridge, swim in the Nam Xong near Tham Lom (Wind Cave), or swing off trapezes into the river at “Water Fun Park” at Ban Phoudindaeng. West of Vang Vieng, visitors to Tham Pou Kham (Golden) Crab Cave can dive into the Ka River water hole, and Tham Pha Pheung (Bee Cliff Cave) offers a natural swimming pool inside. And, for those seeking really cold water, jump into the water basin inside Tham Chang south of town.