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DISCOVER VANG VIENG
This day tour takes you to several sites in the surrounding of Vang Vieng and introduces the novice to the thrill of cave explorations. Plenty of opportunities to gain insight into the way of life of Lao people, before ending the trip kayaking on the Nam Song River. (A shorter, half day version of this trip is available - minus kayaking)

Itinerary: Vang Vieng - Tham Xang - Tham Hoi - Tham Loup - Tham Nam - Vang Vieng
We depart from Green Discovery Office in Vang Vieng. After 14 km transfer to the north of Vang Vieng, we visit the first cave, Tham Xang (Elephant Cave) lies on the opposite banks of the Nam Song. It is an important Buddhist temple and owes its name to a remarkable limestone formation.
The nearby Tham Hoi cave (Snail cave) winds its way deep into the mountain. One hour of exploration through numerous corridors end at a crystal clear spring. Here, swimming in the stream - in a cave lit up by candles - it is possible all the year round.

The most beautiful cave on this trip is Tham Loup (Deep cave), our next stop for cave exploration. This cave is known for its many stalagmites and stalactites. Another cool pool of spring water lies at the mouth of Tham Nam (Water cave), also a good place for a swim. Tubing inside the cave is possible. Return to Vang Vieng.
Approximately: 25 minutes transfer / 11/2 hours trekking / 2 hour caving


1 Day Programme: Vang Vieng - Tham Xang - Tham Hoi - Tham Loup - Tham Nam – Phathao - Nam Song - Vang Vieng
We depart from Green Discovery Office in Vang Vieng. After 14 km transfer to the north of Vang Vieng, we visit the first cave, Tham Xang (Elephant Cave) lies on the opposite banks of the Nam Song. It is an important Buddhist temple and owes its name to a remarkable limestone formation.
The nearby Tham Hoi cave (Snail cave) winds its way deep into the mountain. One hour of exploration through numerous corridors ends at a crystal clear spring. Here, swimming in the stream - in a cave lit up by candles - is possible all the year round.

The most beautiful cave on this trip is Tham Loup (Deep cave), our next stop for cave exploration. This cave is known for its many stalagmites and stalactites. Another cool pool of spring water lies at the mouth of Tham Nam (Water cave), also a good place for a swim. Tubing inside the cave is possible.
After a picnic lunch, the trek to the Hmong village of Phathao passes through rice paddy fields and vegetable gardens.
The trip back to Vang Vieng varies according to the level of the Nam Song. Descending the Nam Song by kayak leads us through idyllic scenes of rural life: a unique sight with the Limestone Mountains in the background.