Yes, being “in the tubing” is awesome, but it can also be exhausting. After a string of tubing days in a row, your body may need a rest. A little time for recovery before getting back on the river. Some are champions and go days or weeks on end. They are superhuman. But if that isn’t you, than we have just the spot to spend a day off, the beautiful blue waters of the Blue Lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon of Vang Vieng is always a favorite of visitors to Laos and really the entire region itself. Once there, it becomes quite obvious why this is the case. A small bridge takes you across the lagoon and its impossibly blue waters. Look closely and fish are visible busily avoiding their mammal visitors. A number of rope swings provide patrons of the lagoon an opportunity to toss themselves in. Those looking for a bigger thrill can climb to the uppermost branches of the tree hanging over the water and jump in from a higher distance.
Once you’ve cooled off, get a drink or a snack at the snack bar, grab your towel and head over to the lawn. A wide open space bordered by small covered platforms free for anyone to use. The lawn itself is probably already covered in sunbathers reading away or a few guys kicking a soccer ball around. Join the fun and make some new friends or just find a place to relax and recover. You have a big day tomorrow back on the river. If you time your departure right, you may catch the bright orange Vang Vieng sunset over its surrounding limestone cliffs, A spectacle in itself.
How to Get to the Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng
Just a few kilometers outside of Vang Vieng, you’ll have the option of renting a bikes and riding them over or just grabbing a tuk tuk and keeping it simple. If you do decide to get a little exercise and ride bikes over, look for one of the many rentals shops lining the streets of Vang Vieng. Mountain bikes are preferred, but not absolutely necessary. The predominantly dirt route is mostly flat with some bumps along the way. A normal cruiser will make the trip fine as long as its chain can manage to stay on.
Once you have your bikes ask the attendant for a map and directions, which he should be happy to provide. The main bridge to cross the river charges a one time fee, but there is also another, though much narrower bridge upriver that is free of charge. Once across the river, head straight down the main road, making no turns off. Careful for misleading signs along the way. There is a fake “blue lagoon” that charges the same price which isn’t nearly as nice. It should be fairly obvious that you’re in the wrong place as the real blue lagoon should be teaming with tuk tuk parked and waiting to take guest back to town. Also, the lagoon itself should be visible from the payment kiosk, so don’t pay unless you can see the lagoon.