|The trip from Vientiane to Vang Vieng was about 5 hours in a bus. It would have been ok, apart from the fact the bus was overbooked so 4 passengers were given plastic chairs to sit on in aisle, and the aircon didn't work so it was stinking hot.
We arrived at Vang Vieng on the old airstrip which is now used as a bus depot. The town is on the river with vertical cliffs behind it creating a stunning back drop. None of the roads are surfaced, and on our first night after a spectacular thunder storm the roads turned to deep mud and we struggled to retreive our flip flops as we staggered through it. Vang Vieng has become a travellers town, as it is a hive of out door adventure activity including kayaking, tubing, white water rafting, climbing and mountain biking. All the restaurants serve pizza and 'isreali salad' (what ever that is) and the town consists mainly of guest houses and cheap restaurants playing DVDs of Friends.
Our guest house overlooked the river and gave us a stunning view over the mountains and river and a great vantage point to watch the thunder storm. We booked 2 days white water rafting with a reputable company as there have been 'fatalities' reported according to all the guide books.