Yesterday we booked a tour with Wonderful Tours in Vang Veing. It included:
- Cave tubing
- Elephant cave
- Relaxing on the riverside
- Blue lagoon entrance fee
In the price book it says for 3 people the price would be $40 USD. Prior to going to this place another place quoted us $20 USD for the same thing, and he said he would match it no problem. In Luang Prabang two girls told us they had a really great experience using this tour group so we decided to purchase our excursion through them. I’m so glad we did because it was awesome!!
The excursion started at 9:00am, we met at the tour office. Jumped into our tuk tuk with about 8 other people. We started off with cave tubing and it was SO much better than any of us expected! We grabbed our tube, put on our head lamp and pulled ourselves into the cave using the ropes. When you got into the cave there were so many people it was filled with life, laughter and splashing water everywhere. You had to pull yourself through the cave against the current using the rope. Other people were zooming through but I was looking around, and trying to take in this amazing experience. At one point when I looked behind it was pitch black because no one was behind me. It was so cool and scary!! Thankfully no bats in this cave 🙂
After cave tubing we ate lunch. It was two chicken skewers, fried rice and a huge baguette. I’m starting to notice a trend here in Laos regarding these huge baguettes lol. One comes with almost every meal. For dessert there was delicous papaya and bananas.
Near the cave tubing area was our next stop the Elephant Cave. It’s called this because of the rock formation inside that looks like an Elephant, clever right? Anyways, the cave wasn’t too exciting but pretty nonetheless.
Following that we jumped into the tuk tuk and drove to our kayak site. Jade and I shared a kayak and Evelyne shared one with one of the guides. Kayaking down the Nam Song River was gorgeous. Huge mountains and trees lines the River and made me feel like I was in mystical world. The current was pretty good and although our kayak loved to go any direction but straight, we everntually got the hang of it and it wasn’t so tiring.
After about 20-30 minutes kayaking, we pulled up to a river side bar and had a drink and relaxed. While we did this, Evelyn went ziplining – she paid about $7 more to include ziplining. I was thinking about doing it too but I thought it may feel too rushed if I did and just wanted to relax and enjoy the day so I didn’t purchase it. I relaxed on the patio of the riverside bar, enjoyed my drink, took in the view and just enjoyed myself.
About 45 mins later we were called to start kayaking again. We met up with Evelyne and started down the river. We kayaked for about 20 mins more and then pulled over to get into the tuk tuk for our final stop: The Blue Lagoon.
While doing research for this trip I read that the Blue Lagoon wasn’t really worth your time and I would have to say if you’re really short on time you can skip it but otherwise it’s a cute area to hang out, eat some food and just relax. It’s not big or overwhelmingly beautiful but it had a swing you could jump into the water with and two large tree branches you could jump off of. It also had a swing you could sit on in the water for a front row seat to all the tourist jumping off the tree. It was quite amusing to see them up there. Some were fearless and others climbed back down. Overall I think an hour at the Blue Lagoon was enough time, but you could make it a half day trip to enjoy lunch there in the sun and then cool off in the refreshingly crisp waters of the Lagoon.
On the drive home had the most spectacular sunset. Unfortunately the GoPro wasn’t able to capture it too well but here’s what I got.
I had an amazing time on this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone in Vang Vieng! Did you do any tours that were amazing in Vang Vieng? Comment below and share!