Vieng Thong Laos


Vieng Thong Laos – very few people visit Vieng Thong in northern Laos, but it’s a nice enough town that breaks up the journey between Nong Khiaw and Xam Neua. If you do find yourself here, you’ll likely be the only foreigner aside from the occasional NGO workers and you’ll get a taste of a real Lao village, far removed from the tourist trail. Vieng Thong is also the jumping off point for the Nam Nern Night Safari in the Nam Et – Phou Louey National Protected Area, home to dozens of rare and endangered mammal species, including the only remaining tiger population in Laos (estimated at 9-23 individuals).

The best time to visit Vieng Thong is during the dry season from November to March, when temperatures are cooler. March to May is the hot season and the temperatures can reach 40ºC or higher.

Vieng Thong Laos

Vieng Thong Laos

Vieng Thong Laos

Vieng Thong Laos

You can reach Vieng Thong from Nong Khiaw in the west, Xam Neua in the east orPhonsavan in the south. Buses from Nong Khiaw take about 6 hours and they charge 110,000 Kip. They are actually overcharging, since you are getting off halfway to the destination (Xam Neua), so you might be able to get them to agree to a lower price.

From Xam Neua, the trip takes 4-5 hours and they will probably try to charge around 110,000 Kip as well. You might be able to bargain that down. Alternatively, you can probably get a ride in a minivan heading that way.

From Phonsavan you will have to take the bus to Xam Neua and get off at the Ban Ko Hing junction, where the bus heads east and you need to go west. From here, you can either hitchhike or spend the night in one of the two guesthouses and catch the bus heading west from Xam Neua the next morning (around 9-11am).

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