Vang ViengThe next city you’ll visit is about five hours south of Luang Prabang, called Vang Vieng. The city, at first, may seem like a haven for backpackers, but there’s so much more the city has to offer other than drunken tubing down the Mekong River, which lures them in the first place.Vang Vieng has a wide variety of food that will please even the pickiest of eaters. With a plethora of Laos, Thai and Western cuisine, your taste buds won’t be disappointed as you meander from restaurant to food vendor in search of the perfect meal. They also have many vegetarian options.The highlight of Vang Vieng is its beautiful landscapes. The city has everything from caves to rivers to jungles. The sunset will have you floored until the minute it sets over the mountains. You can take the time to explore the Mekong River with either a full or half-day tour, which can be found all over the city. While the lure of the city itself is its party scene, you can spend an entire day kayaking, tubing through caves, and zip lining through Laos’s beautiful, scenic countryside for about 250,000 kip ($31).