A 36 km Cycling Itinerary North of Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng, in the northern part of Laos, is a very popular touristic destination. Most travelers include it in their itinerary and for good reason: its countryside is one of the most beautiful you will find in Laos. You are at all times surrounded by lush rice paddies and the characteristic limestone hills.
It would be too bad to stay in town and not take adventage of this fantastic scenery. Fortunately, it is very easy to find a scooter or a bicycle for hire so you can go explore the countryside. I opted for the bicycle (but I think the scooter would have been more comfortable under the hot sun).
I chose to head north of Vang Vieng, following the Road 13 and the Nam Song River all the way to the village of Pha Tang. A little after this village, there is a nice little place to relax in the cool and clean water of the river. There is about 18 km between Vang Vieng and Pha Tang.
This virtual tour was shot on the way back from Pha Tang to Vang Vieng, at times going off the main road and exploring nearby villages and rice paddies. Hopefully this page can help you plan a nice cycling itinerary if you are planning to spend some time in Vang Vieng 🙂