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Vang Vieng, Kampheng Nakhon Viangchan, Laos

How much does it cost to travel to Vang Vieng?

You should plan to spend around $15 (₭306,402) per day on your vacation in Vang Vieng. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $6.45 (₭133,885) on meals
  • $3.25 (₭67,420) on local transportation
  • $8.87 (₭184,074) on hotels

A one week trip to Vang Vieng for two people costs, on average, $207 (₭4,289,633). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Vang Vieng cost?

A one week trip to Vang Vieng usually costs around $103 (₭2,144,817) for one person and $207 (₭4,289,633) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Vang Vieng on average costs around $207 (₭4,289,633) for one person and $414 (₭8,579,266) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Vang Vieng will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Vang Vieng on average costs around $443 (₭9,192,071) for one person and $886 (₭18,384,142) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Vang Vieng has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Vang Vieng expensive to visit?

Vang Vieng is a very affordable place to visit. Located in Laos, which is a very affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 25% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Vang Vieng in depth.

Within Asia, Vang Vieng is a very affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 10% of cities in Asia for its affordability. Very few cities in the region are as affordable as Vang Vieng.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Vang Vieng Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Vang Vieng?

The average Vang Vieng trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Vang Vieng travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 184,074 ($9)
Local Transportation 1 67,420 ($3)
Food 2 133,885 ($6)
Entertainment 1 103,281 ($5)
Alcohol 2 12,056 - 36,169 ($1 - 2)
Accommodation Budget in Vang Vieng
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Vang Vieng is $4.44 (₭92,037). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Vang Vieng is $8.87 (₭184,074). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Vang Vieng

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Vang Vieng based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $32. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Vang Vieng
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Vang Vieng is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $3.25 (₭67,420) per person, per day, on local transportation in Vang Vieng.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Vang Vieng
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Rental Cars in Vang Vieng
The price of renting a car in Vang Vieng will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Vang Vieng
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Vang Vieng can vary, the average cost of food in Vang Vieng is $6.45 (₭133,885) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Vang Vieng should cost around $2.58 (₭53,554) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Vang Vieng is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Vang Vieng
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Vang Vieng typically cost an average of $4.98 (₭103,281) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Vang Vieng
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $1.16 (₭24,113) on alcoholic beverages in Vang Vieng per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Vang Vieng
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  • On average, people spend $0.73 (₭15,116) on bottled water in Vang Vieng per day. The public water in Vang Vieng is not usually considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

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Vang Vieng Vang Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng is a town in the Vientiane province of Laos that sits along the banks of the Nam Song River. With its beautifully carved karst topography cliffs towering over the winding river, the area has become very tourist-oriented for those seeking to explore the outdoor wonders. People from all over come to engage in the unique landscape-mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, caving, swimming, and rock climbing, amongst others.
As far as sights go, the Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular. Located about 7 km west of town, you will find a shimmering spring-fed lagoon located below "The Golden Cave." The lagoon is crowded on most days with visitors swimming and jumping from the rope swing into the waters where a few hundred carp make their home. Just above, you can climb a makeshift bamboo ladder into the cave where you can see the Sleeping Golden Buddha and glimmering stalactites. If you plan on exploring deep into the cave, be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp.

The backdrop of limestone mountains and cliffs overlooking the river make caves and rock dwellings some of the most interesting sights in the Vang Vieng area. Padeng cave and Ring cave can be found by following signs over a footbridge across the river and halfway up the mountain, while Xang Cave is located on the south end of the main road and is well lit with stairs good for a self-guided tour. Nang Oua Kham Cave is located on the way to Blue Lagoon, though it is much more secluded giving visitors a greater sense of adventure. Be aware that many of the caves do have an entrance fee.
The main street is the center of the town of Vang Vieng. It is lined with guest houses, bars, restaurants, internet cafes, and tourist agencies that cater to foreign visitors. Most tourists tend to be backpackers or hikers looking to enjoy Vang Vieng's unique landscape of cliffs along the winding Nam Song River. Just a short walk from the town center, visitors can also experience some of the surrounding culture at a few of the ethnic Lao, Kmou, and Hmong villages. There is also a market about 5 kilometers north of town that sells Lao textiles, household items, and foodstuffs.

There are endless opportunities for mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, caving, swimming, and rock climbing, and the area of Vang Vieng and its proximity to the Nam Song River is very popular for tubing. There is an office on the main street of Vang Vieng that now monopolizes all tube rentals. They will rent you the tube and organize transportation up the river a few miles. Along the journey, visitors might experience a few thrilling rapids, take in the magnificent mountain scenery, and maybe even catch sight of some local wildlife.

While in Vang Vieng you might also want to experience a Lao-style steam sauna, small but infused with the smell of lemon grass herbs, play amongst the high swings and slide over the river, see the countryside from a hot air balloon, or go ziplining at Tham Nam Cave.
Food and Dining
Though Vang Vieng has its own unique dining hub, there are a few dishes typical to Laos that are worth mention. The staple food of the Lao is steamed sticky rice, which is usually eaten by hand. Some of the main ingredients include galangal, lemongrass, and padaek (fermented fish sauce). Another famous dish of the region is larb (sometimes laap), a spicy mixture of marinated meat or fish that is sometimes raw with a combination of herbs, greens, and spices. While the cuisine of Laos does have regional variations, rice and noodles, vegetables, herbs, spices, pastes, sauces, meats, and fruits all remain common ingredients.

In Vang Vieng, the main street is the place for bars, internet cafes, and restaurants. Jungle Bar serves good food like fruit shakes, pizza, and Pad Thai, Kangaroo Sunset Bar is a mix of Western and Lao with the famous Beerlao Burger, and the Bamboo Tree Bar & Restaurant offers a large and varied menu plus free Wi-Fi. Other good stops include Organic Farm Cafe, Peeping Som's Bar and Restaurant, Pan's Place Guesthouse, and The Meeting Place.

The nearest international airport is Wattay Airport, located about 66 miles (106.3 km) from Vang Vieng. It is just 3km outside of the city center of the capital, Vientiane, and is served by AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Cambodia Angkor Air, China Eastern Airlines, Jin Air, Korean Air, Lao Skyway, Lao Airlines, Sky Wings Asia Airlines, T'way Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, and Vietnam Airlines.

By bus, the ride is about 6-8 hrs from Luang Prabang and 3-4 hrs from Vientiane.

Taxis directly from the Vientiane airport to Vang Vieng cost about $90. Rental cars are also available from AVIS at many locations in Vientiane.

Once inside Vang Vieng, nearly everything is reachable by foot or on bicycle.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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