Mist-shrouded limestone karsts popping out of endless paddy fields, timeless caves, ancient ruins, mulberry groves and organic mulberry tea, adrenaline-charged river adventures, lazy bike rides are the trademark of Vang Vieng.
There’s rock climbing with excellent walls for everyone from the first timer to the pro. Kayaking the Nam Song river upstream on a more untouched part is a pure delight. Detours to some of the caves, with their cool darkness and occasional flock of bats may take more than an hour to get through.
Close collaboration with local villagers as full partners at all levels not only retains their ownership in tourism destinations but also brings them substantial financial benefits in return for conserving nature.