The newly opened Amari Vang Vieng, the area’s first international hotel, is encouraging its visitors to look to the natural elements for inspiration for what to do when visiting.
Water: The Nam Song River flows through the heart of Vang Vieng, and athletic travellers can rent out a kayak or canoe. Paddle through town to gaze at the natural scenery or take on the challenging rapids.
Earth: The limestone karst mountains surrounding Vang Vieng, including Phangern Mountain, provide challenging hikes and great lookout spots from the summit viewpoint. Rougher hikes and rock climbing are available for the fearless or the veterans.
In addition, a cluster of four caves to the north offers opportunities for swimming in the underground water cave of Tham Nam, discovering the elephant-shaped rock formations in Tham Xang, or checking out the lit stairwells and echoey chambers in Tham Hoi and Tham Loup.
Wood: Visitors can find autonomy in the serene forests of Vang Vieng. Rent a bicycle for a ride on the dirt roads, through countless trees, rice paddies and mountain ranges. Professional riders can brave the mountain trails and there are also zip-lines running through the canopies of forest jungles.
These three elements combine in the hotel’s design (hopefully fire doesn’t also feature) as the architects have brought together water, earth and wood in the rooms that feature earthy tones and cool watery hues. All rooms offer a choice of city views or mountainous river landscapes.
Rates start at GBP44++ (USD 60++) per night. Reservations made on www.amari.com will receive a complimentary upgrade to a Superior River View Room overlooking the Nam Song River until 27 December 2018.