Laos might be the only country in Southeast Asia without direct access to the ocean. However, lack of a seacoast only draws more attention to other, more exciting possibilities for fun loving outdoor enthusiasts and seekers of extreme adventure.
There are choices for challenging experiences throughout the country. For example, the town of Vang Vieng, notorious as a backpacker party paradise, has been transformed into one of Southeast Asia’s newest destinations for high quality adventure tourism. The area offers a range of physically demanding activities such the famous Vang Vieng Challenge that combines a defying hike with zip lining, a via ferrata ascent (protected rock climbing method), followed by abseiling down a 50 meter waterfall.
For speed junkies, there is the thrill of downhill biking through mountain scenery heading for cultural experiences at undiscovered villages. For your travelers who may favor a more relaxing pace, there is kayaking or tubing down the Nam Song River.
Another often-overlooked destination for authentic adventure experiences in Laos is the city of Thakhek, the capital of Khammuan Province in central Laos. A colonial era town on the Mekong, this area is known for its beautiful limestone karst topography and caves. Your travelers can explore the most famous cave, Kong Lor, floating by kayak down a 7 km river that has carved out this cave and leads to a hidden valley. The more remote Xe Bang Fai Cave offers great opportunities for exciting caving and underground exploration.
Khammuan Province borders both Thailand and Vietnam so this destination in Laos is easy to incorporate into a multi-country itinerary using overland transport and visa on arrival services. This area of limestone karst mountains is also famous for being one of the best sites for rock climbing and bouldering in the region. For energetic travelers, there are mountain biking or motor biking tours to discover the surrounding Lao Loum lowland tribal villages.
In terms of unique accommodation options, Laos offers exceptional tree house stays high up in the canopy of Laos’ pristine forests. The most famous are the Tree Top Explorer on the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos and the Gibbon Experience at Nam Kan National Park in northern Bokeo Province.
Source: Khiri Travel