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21/05/2010

Bridge Over Nam Song River, Vang Vieng, Laos


This photo was taken in Vang Vieng, a tourism-oriented town in Laos, located in Vientiane Province about four hours bus ride north of the capital. The town lies on the the Nam Song river. The most notable feature of the area is the karst hill landscape surrounding the town.
One of the main features of the town is a long, mostly unused, airfield runway parallel to the road. It was used during the Vietnam War by the Air America's planes (the airstrip was then called "Lima site 6").
The town started to grow in the 1980s, due to the influx of backpackers. The opportunity for hiking and the laid-back atmosphere attracted more and more visitors. The real attractions of the area are the scenery, the limestone hills and the numerous caves and caverns. Perhaps the most interesting is the Tham Phu Kham cave.

1 comment:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

That landscape and mountainous region is the first thing I notice. What a beautiful area and photo