The concept is simple: rent a tube, catch a free ride up the river, and float your way back down. There are still several bars open along the route and lots of fun to be had. Enjoy the scenery as you float down or stop off at bars along the way.
Cost: 55,000 kip (~$6.75) for tube rental; 60,000 kip (~$7.35) deposit (given back in full if tube returned before 18:00 (6:00 PM)
Tips and Tricks: The best time of the year to go tubing is during the dry season (November to March) when the river flows a little slower, giving you more time to enjoy floating along. Best time of day is around midday when the crowds are a bit bigger and you can meet lots of people.
The Blue Lagoon is a great place to cool off in the Laos heat. The water flows down from mountainside streams and is a beautiful blue color that is very refreshing. Make sure when you visit to check out the cave in the mountain nearby. The climb is not very difficult and takes about 15 minutes. Once at the entrance, enjoy at least an hour or two exploring the cave. Flashlights are available to rent for a few thousand kip that can help you explore some of the deepest, darkest parts of the cave. Afterwards, climb back down and jump into the lagoon off the overhanging tree or swing.
Cost: Admission to the lagoon and cave is 10,000 kip ($1.23). There is also a toll bridge on the way that cost 5,000 kip (~60 cents)
Tips and Tricks: Rent a bicycle and take in the stunning Laos countryside on your way to the Blue Lagoon. The journey is not that far and is mostly flat. Bikes can be rented for about 30,000 kip ($3.68) from places in town who will also provide you with a map.
In Vang Vieng, the company Balloons Over Vang Vieng (BOVV) has been taking visitors on aerial flights for many years.
Cost: $80 per passenger through Wonderful Tours
Tips and Tricks: Every time I get in a Hot Air Balloon it is for sunrise.