Blue Lagoon Three in Vang Vieng: Why You NEED To Visit

Find out absolutely everything you need to know about visiting Blue Lagoon 3 in Vang Vieng. Learn about how to get there, what to do, entry fees, where to stay, and more!

One of the top things to do other than tubing is to visit one of the many Blue Lagoons in Vang Vieng, Laos. They provide the perfect place to hide from the hot sun and to have a refreshing swim.

I have been lucky enough to explore a decent amount of Vang Vieng Blue Lagoons and my favorite is Blue Lagoon Three.

There are actually 5 different blue lagoons in Vang Vieng which you can explore during your visit. Each one has its own unique factors which draw in numerous tourists each day.

I came across Blue Lagoon 3 Vang Vieng by chance just researching online. With photos showcasing bright blue water under the shadow of a huge limestone mountain I knew I had to visit.

There wasn’t too much information about it online at the time so I thought I could visit and make an awesome guide. I mean who wouldn’t want to check out somewhere with sparkling blue waters, numerous water activities, and amazing views across the dry landscape?

In this guide to Blue Lagoon 3, one of the best blue lagoons in Vang Vieng, I will let you know the highlights of each lagoon, why you should visit Blue Lagoon 3, entry fees, opening hours, how to get there, what to expect, and more.

walking around the outside of blue lagoon three
walking around the outside of blue lagoon three

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What Makes The Vang Vieng Blue Lagoon 3 The Best Blue Lagoon In Laos?

Visiting Blue Lagoon One is no doubt equally as popular as tubing when in Vang Vieng. You will constantly be hounded by tuk-tuk drivers asking if you want to visit, as well as the constant advertisements spread throughout the town.

It is a well-known destination and fairly easy to get to, even by bicycle. Though, once you arrive you will be greeted by a small lagoon covered with tour groups, hungover backpackers, and local kids.

It is nowhere close to the tranquil setting a lot of people imagine.

In contrast, the lesser-known, though slowly growing in popularity, Blue Lagoon Three is an excellent option. It is also one of my favorite Vang Vieng lagoons.

The magical blue waters are fed from an underground spring below. Set on one of the many limestone karsts which cover the landscape it is like being transported to a tropical paradise. The complete opposite of the dry countryside just outside the entrance.

If you read a lot of posts online about Blue Lagoon 3 people will talk about how quiet it is and how you will be the only one there and that is what makes it special. This may have been the case ten years ago, but it’s certainly not like that anymore.

Nevertheless, this place isn’t super packed, just don’t expect to have it to yourself. While I was visiting there may have been 15 to 20 other people there.

Though Blue Lagoon 3 is pretty huge so there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy.

floating around on a tube at the blue lagoons in vang vieng
floating around on a tube at the blue lagoons in vang vieng

Blue Lagoon Three Entrance Fee

The entrance fee to Blue Lagoon 3 is 20,000 KIP / $1.00.

On top of the entry fee, you will also pass a toll bridge over the Nam Song River which costs another 20,000 KIP / $1.00.

Blue Lagoon 3 Opening Hours

Blue Lagoon 3 in Vang Vieng is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

However, be aware that in the afternoon it is under a shadow from the nearby limestone cliffs so can get quite chilly.

water flowing down the river at blue lagoon three in vang vieng
water flowing down the river at blue lagoon three in vang vieng

Blue Lagoon 3 Vang Vieng Map

Here is a map containing Blue Lagoon 3 in Vang Vieng Laos. I have also listed all the other Laos Blue Lagoons in the area that you may be interested in visiting:

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Getting To Blue Lagoon Three

You will need some sort of transport to get you from the city center in Vang Vieng to Blue Lagoon Three. It is further away than Blue Lagoon 1 and 2 located about 20 kilometers out into the countryside and takes around an hour to get to depending on road conditions.

Either way, you decide to travel this Blue Lagoon Laos it will be no easy feat. The road is bumpy so you will constantly be thrown around and the sun can be intense. Bring heaps of water and sunblock.

It is also twice the distance of the popular Blue Lagoon One so I would definitely not recommend trying to ride a bicycle there. Though we saw many people struggling.

The journey to Blue Lagoon Three is the perfect opportunity to get out of the touristy city center and into the Laos country lifestyle. To experience a world where time moves slower and the local children run out and wave as you drive past.


Taking a tuk-tuk is certainly the easiest way to travel to Blue Lagoon 3 in Vang Vieng.

This was the method I used for my visit and after negotiating a price with the driver we agreed on $14.40 for the return trip and a couple of hours there to explore.

This was for the entire tuk-tuk so if you were traveling with a large group you could split that and it would work out quite cheap! Though, being only two of us we decided to splurge and spend the extra $7.20 each.

The drive there is equally as magical as the Blue Lagoon itself. With a flat dry landscape as far as the eye can see and amazing lime karsts rising out of the ground. Even though it does take some time to get there you’ll have the excitement of watching the village life.

Be aware there is a toll bridge that you will need to pay for on behalf of the driver. It is located just as you are exiting out of the main part of Vang Vieng and costs 20,000 KIP / $1.060.


The second option you have for getting to Blue Lagoon 3 is by cycling there on a bike. We saw a surprising amount of people attempting this during our journey there.

Let me just say these people looked absolutely exhausted. It’s one thing biking 20 kilometers, but doing it on dirt roads covered in potholes is a whole other thing.

Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend cycling to Blue Lagoon 3 in Vang Vieng. It may be a lot cheaper as it only costs a couple of dollars to hire a bike. You will be left exhausted and likely sunburned from the harsh countryside sun.


Alternatively, you can hire a motorbike and drive yourself to Blue Lagoon 3 in Vang Vieng. Basically, follow the signs as much as you can. Otherwise, follow the general direction of traffic.

If there are also tourists heading that way you will likely all end up in the same place. Be aware that the paved road ends very quickly into the journey to Blue Lagoon Three.

After it finishes you will be driving on dirt roads and rocky paths. I would only recommend driving there if you are confident and have driven in similar conditions before.

There is a common motorbike scam in Laos so be aware of that if you decide to hire one as well.

the toll bridge just outside of vang vieng
the toll bridge just outside of vang vieng
cow traffic jam driving to one of the blue lagoons vang vieng on the outskirts of town
cow traffic jam driving to one of the blue lagoons vang vieng on the outskirts of town

When To Visit Blue Lagoon Three

Depending on what time of year, as well as what time of day you visit Blue Lagoon Three can really make or break your visit.

You may find the tranquil blue waters have turned an interesting shade of brown and look quite muddy.


The is the most important thing to figure out whether it will be worth visiting Blue Lagoon 3. Depending on the season you visit will result in how not only this Lagoon but many around Vang Vieng will look.

December to May: December through to May is the best time of year to visit. This is considered the dry season. Though unlike the name suggests you won’t find the pools have completely dried out.

Instead, they will be the perfect milky blue shade. This is exactly when all those incredible photos have been taken, mine included. However, the one downside is that this is the peak season for travelers, both local and domestic.

June to October: This is known as the monsoon season in Laos and all over Southeast Asia. The heavy monsoon rain causes havoc over the region during this time of year. Roads are typically closed due to unsafe conditions and towns can quickly become flooded.

During this time you can expect the waters in the Blue Lagoons in Vang Vieng to have turned brown. The one upside is that there won’t be many travelers around and you can enjoy them to yourself.

standing on a wooden swing bridge at blue lagoon 3 in vang vieng
standing on a wooden swing bridge at blue lagoon 3 in vang vieng

Time Of Day

As with the majority of tourist hot spots, you’ll want to visit Blue Lagoon Three either early or late in the day.

This will allow you to beat the crowds. The majority of travelers seem to hang around from about midday until 3 pm.

Early in the morning, it seems people are still resting from their hangover so the lagoon is relatively quiet. In the late afternoon the mountain, it is located in front of casts a large shadow dropping the temperatures.

I would recommend visiting in the morning to bask in the sunshine and enjoy the peacefulness. This will also allow you to get those awesome photos without anybody ruining your shot. If you visit during the weekday rather than on a weekend you will also find it a little quieter.

This is when the majority of locals are at work or at school. So you will find it is just generally international travelers during this time.

rope course over blue lagoon 3 in vang vieng laos
rope course over blue lagoon 3 in vang vieng laos

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What To Do At Blue Lagoon 3

There is actually quite a lot to do here at Blue Lagoon 3. This is the perfect place to spend a day.

Whether that is swimming in the turquoise waters, dining at the onsite restaurant, jumping off the dive platforms, or simply relaxing in the sunshine.


You can’t come all the way to Blue Lagoon Three without going for a swim. Even if you weren’t planning to, after spending an hour traveling through the dusty countryside there will be nothing you want more!

On arrival, you will be greeted by a beautiful large swimming area.

Having driven all this way through dry landscapes with the cracked ground and dying plants I honestly was not expecting much. Though, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.

The area stretches the size of multiple swimming pools all with the most beautiful water, comparable with Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang. Small fish are noticeable on the surface, though quickly disappear in the vast waters.

This is a little slice of paradise in the middle of nowhere.

enjoying blue lagoon 3 in vang vieng
floating around blue lagoon 3 in vang vieng


Whether you’ve worked out an appetite swimming or simply just craving a little something to settle your stomach after a bumpy journey, there is an onsite restaurant at Blue Lagoon 3. Creatively enough it is called BL3.

Now you won’t find too much information about it online. Though they do show up on Google with a couple of reviews.

You pay up at the counter and then the team will bring the food directly to you. In terms of food, they offer a small range of dishes such as larp and chicken kebabs.

Of course, they also sell Beer Laos as well!

There are plenty of shacks and tables you can eat your meal at so no need to worry about where you will sit.


One of the big appeals of Blue Lagoon Three is the vast array of activities on offer there. It could honestly keep you entertained for hours!

Laze around on one of the many tractor tubes which are piled high around the pool. Try out your balancing abilities by attempting to stand up on one of three bamboo rafts floating around. Give the flying fox a go and splash into the water.

Or, if you are feeling a little more adventurous, jump off the Tarzan swing high above the water. I certainly was not brave enough for that. Though plenty others were and it looked like they had a great time.

jumping off a rope swing a blue lagoon three in vang vieng
jumping off a rope swing a blue lagoon three in vang vieng


If you want to chill out and have a beer this is the perfect place to do it! There is no need to leave straight away after you’ve had a swim in the beautiful blue waters.

Instead, bask under the warm Laos sunshine with a cold drink and enjoy the moment.

There is plenty of seating, picnic tables, and huts dotted around the outside of the Blue Lagoon. Sit on the water’s edge and dangle your feet into the chilly water.

When I visited there was even a fire lit with seats around the outside to keep you warm after a swim.


Other than just swimming at Blue Lagoon 3 there is also a cave to explore. I did not do this though as by the time we got out of the pool the sun was starting to set. Just follow the pathways around to the left of the building.

It is all marked very well and provides some excellent photo opportunities in the Laos jungle.

looking across the blue lagoon vang vieng over to the lush jungle
looking across the blue lagoon vang vieng over to the lush jungle
climbing over a wooden bridge that leads to a cave at the blue lagoon in vang vieng
climbing over a wooden bridge that leads to a cave at the blue lagoon in vang vieng

What To Pack For Blue Lagoon 3

There are some things it’s best to take along with you while visiting the Blue Lagoons in Vang Vieng to make the most out of your experience:

Camera: Of course, you can’t forget the camera! Capture those memories of a fun day out.

Go Pro: For sure bring along your Go Pro if you have one. You won’t be able to see much under the water, but you will be able to get some epic shots of yourself swimming and perhaps jumping off the rope swing!

Swimmers: You will definitely want to bring along your swimmers so you can cool off and take a dip.

Towel: Bring along your towel to dry off after you have had a refreshing swim.

Sunblock: Let’s avoid looking like a lobster and bring a reef-safe sunblock along with you!

shacks and tables set up for a picnic at blue lagoon three in vang vieng
shacks and tables set up for a picnic at blue lagoon three in vang vieng

Others To Visit: Alternative Blue Lagoons In Vang Vieng

There are actually six different blue lagoons in Vang Vieng. Travelers usually visit at least one of them while they are in the city.

They provide the perfect way to cool off and relax away from the dusty city center. Though each one is quite different, so let’s do a round-up of each:

Blue Lagoon 1

Blue Lagoon 1 Vang Vieng is no doubt the most popular lagoon here. Here you will find both travelers and locals hanging out and cooling off from the hot Laos temperatures. It is located 10 kilometers out of the center of Vang Vieng.

As well as just the lagoon there is also a cave you can explore and a zip line course. You can either jump from either a 2-meter or 5-meter branch into the blue waters. The entry fee is 20,000 KIP / $1.00.

Blue Lagoon 2 Vang Vieng

Blue Lagoon 2 is a lot quieter than the other blue lagoons in Vang Vieng. Though this is simply because the majority of visitors here are to visit Tham Chang Cave, myself included.

I am not so sure if it’s as relaxing swimming about while hundreds of tourists walk by checking out the cave.

Nevertheless, the water here is incredible making it a top choice for instgrammable places in Vang Vieng, The entry fee is 20,000 KIP / $1.00 which includes entry to the cave which has a fantastic view over the city.

Blue Lagoon 4

It is pretty hard to find information online about Blue Lagoon 4. It does come up on Google Maps with a few highly-scored reviews. I imagine this would be one of the quieter lagoons so if you want a relaxing one this may be the best choice.

Discover Laos offers a tour there and caving so if you are super desperate to find out what/where is exactly Blue Lagoon 4 definitely check them out.

Blue Lagoon 5

Located quite a distance out of the city center is Blue Lagoon 5. This makes for the perfect tropical spot away from the dusty streets. They also have bungalows there so you can stay the night and enjoying it longer.

Come here for a quiet time and away from all the crowds. You can see their Facebook Page for the latest updates.

Blue Lagoon 6

Blue Lagoon 6 is a serene and secluded spot located in Long Kuang village, approximately 15 kilometers from the center of Vang Vieng.

The lagoon is well-maintained and has very few tourists, which adds to its charm. The water is cold, fresh, and a beautiful shade of blue.

Visitors can lounge, swim, and dive in the lagoon, and there is also a fun zipline to jump from. The family that runs a small restaurant also serves excellent soup.

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tasha amy sitting at blue lagoon two in vang vieng
blue lagoon 2 in vang vieng

Where To Stay In Vang Vieng?

As Vang Vieng is such a popular tourist town, especially for backpackers in Laos you will be spoilt in terms of accommodation available.

While staying in Vang Vieng we slept in a private bungalow at Pan’s Place for $7.10 per night. The room was basic with only two single mattresses on the floor and a fan.

However, it was the first bamboo bungalow we stayed in so we enjoyed the novelty. Plus, it was clean, the reception was helpful and we had no unwanted visitors throughout the night which is always a bonus.

During my second visit to Vang Vieng, I wanted to stay somewhere slightly more comfortable and settled on a lovely Guesthouse. This is a great option if you prefer more of a comfortable stay with air conditioning, but are still on a budget.

VangVieng Backpackers Hostel

VangVieng Backpackers Hostel

A fun and social hostel in an excellent location. From $7.00 per night for a dorm.

travelers in front of vang vieng rock backpackers hostel

Rock Backpackers Hostel

A social and party hard hostel on the main road of the town. From$4.00 per night.

Vang Vieng Diamond Resort

Vang Vieng Diamond Resort

A lovely resort with a pool to relax in. Prices start from $22.00 per night.

amari vang vieng hotel room

Amari Hotel

A luxurious hotel with amazing views. Prices start from $100.00 per night.


Other Things To Do In Vang Vieng

There are plenty of awesome things to do in Vang Vieng apart from the cave. If you can I recommend you hire a bicycle or motorbike to explore some of the beautiful landscapes of the region.

Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon: This is a popular tourist spot that features a beautiful cave and a stunning lagoon. The cave is located on a hill and requires a short hike to reach. You can swim in the lagoon and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Nam Xay Viewpoint: This viewpoint is located outside of Vang Vieng and offers incredible views over the town. It’s a moderate hike that takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

Tubing: Tubing is a popular activity in Vang Vieng. Visitors can rent a tube and float down the Nam Song River while enjoying the beautiful scenery. There are several bars along the river where you can stop and enjoy a drink or a snack.

Rock Climbing: Vang Vieng is known for its limestone cliffs, which makes it a great destination for rock climbing enthusiasts. Several companies offer rock climbing tours and lessons for visitors.

Tham Chang Cave: Tham Chang Cave is a popular tourist spot in Vang Vieng. The cave is of historic importance to the locals as it provided shelter from the Chinese invaders in the 19th century. The cave is also home to a secret Blue Lagoon 2 Vang Vieng, which is a great place to cool off after the hike.

Hot Air Balloon Rides: Visitors can take a hot air balloon ride over Vang Vieng and enjoy the stunning views of the town and the surrounding countryside. The rides usually take place early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Cycling: Cycling is a great way to explore the beautiful countryside around Vang Vieng. Visitors can rent a bike and explore the town and the surrounding areas at their own pace 4.

FAQs About The Best Blue Lagoon Vang Vieng

How many blue lagoons are there in Vang Vieng?

There are 6 different blue lagoons in Vang Vieng providing travelers with plenty of places to explore. No doubt the most popular is Blue Lagoon 1, however, it can get quite crowded. If you are looking for a more relaxing experience I recommend Blue Lagoon 3.

How long do you need in Vang Vieng?

I recommend spending a minimum of 2 days in Vang Vieng. You will want enough time to go tubing, experience some of the nature, and just relax. Honestly, if you have some extra time in your Laos itinerary 3 or 4 days would be best.

Wrap Up: Visiting Blue Lagoon 3 In Vang Vieng Laos

Blue Lagoon 3 in Vang Vieng is an absolute must-visit destination for travelers seeking a unique and unforgettable experience.

With its stunning turquoise waters, mesmerizing limestone formations, and thrilling activities, this hidden gem offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in nature’s beauty.

Make sure you add it to your Vang Vieng itinerary!


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4 thoughts on “Blue Lagoon Three in Vang Vieng: Why You NEED To Visit

  1. Avatar for City of Z Design
    City of Z Design says:

    I never realized there was more than one Blue Lagoon! Blue Lagoon 3 definitely sounds like the ticket. Amazing how affordable it is to stay there. Gorgeous pics. Thanks for the post.

  2. Avatar for Sarah Shumate
    Sarah Shumate says:

    I think you definitely made the right choice by choosing Three over One. This spot looks so gorgeous and peaceful! 30 people is way better than hundreds. ;)

    P.S. Loving your entire series on Laos! Vietnam is usually where I head bc its my fav, but you’re totally making me want to see Laos now!

  3. Avatar for Kiara Gallop
    Kiara Gallop says:

    I visited Laos way back in 2006 and I don’t remember hearing anything about this place, maybe it was relatively undiscovered back then! You have some beautiful photos here, and I think it’s good that you’ve given your honest opinion about what others can expect :-)

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