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Vang Vieng Warnings and Dangers: 14 reviews and 11 photos
In 2008: Vang Vieng has become even more popular than on my first visit in 2005 when we didn't have problem to find accomodation in high season just after we arrived by bus in late afternoons. Nowsadays the situation looks completely different and it takes long search and lot of luck to find yourself a room if you haven't book it prior to arrival, especially after 3-4 pm. If you plan to come to VV without booking your place in advance at least come early enough, let's say around 11 am when other travellers have checked out and left. If you can't find something in town go back to the bus station and try to find a room in a few guesthouses by the main road, these are usually not full.
As for 2009 and 2013: it seems world economic crisis has reduced number of travellers to Laos and again we saw lots of good places vacant in peak season. But guesthouses that are best value for money will be still sometimes full (or those mentioned in guidebooks). Also keep in mind that there are many Lao travel and student groups heading to VV on weekends - thus filling the rooms and local restaurants (once we were required to change our room where we were staying for days already - because that room was previously booked for students - it didn't matter that we were staying there longer and we will stay after they leave. We got another room from the same guesthouse, nevertheless - and paid less).