One of the important destinations in the South East Asian travel circuit, Laos still retains the original natural splendour. Whether you are a backpacker, a thrill seeker or a soul searcher, the fairytale landscapes of Laos provide the perfect setting for outdoor adventures.
Swim in the refreshing waterfalls
Waterfalls are a welcome reprieve from the heat and humidity, not to mention breathtakingly beautiful. For some picturesque swimming head to Tad Sae waterfall where you can relax on the rocks or take a dip in one of the turquoise pools. If you hike past the first set of waterfalls you’ll find yourself at a second set if anything more beautiful than the first. Definitely don’t miss this. Set aside a day for the waterfalls as your only regret will be not being able to stay longer! Alternatively, if you are in Luang Prabang, the Kwang Si Waterfalls is a must visit!
Monkey around at the Gibbon experience
Okay so a little bit of a misleading title but make of it what you will. The Gibbon experience is a chance for you to be the kings of the jungle, ziplining your way from hilltop to hilltop and staying the night in your own tree house high above the ground. Oh yeah and you may even be luck enough to spot a family of Gibbons when you’re there! You’ll definitely hear them anyway! If you want to have the jungle to yourself and watch gorgeous sunrises and sunsets from the balcony of your treehouse, then this experience is for you. Oh and did I mention you have your own outside rain shower? Enough said
Go hiking up Mount Phousi
People refer to this activity as a hike but it is actually a really really long staircase that takes you to the top of the hill. 298 steps to be exact, but well worth the effort. With Buddhas everywhere against the backdrop of stunning landscapes, you’ll want to take your camera for the walk up. The views of Luang Prabang and the Mekong River are also pretty stunning when you get to the top. As always, mountaintop views are always best viewed during sunrise or sunset to watch the sky take on different shades of yellow and red to blue or black. This particular walk is quieter in the day but you won’t get the majestic view of the sun setting/rising behind the view of the town, lake and surrounding mountains.
Cycle, hike and kayak through Luang Prabang with Tiger Trail Travel
Looking for some sustainable adventures in Laos? Organize unique short trips or extended journeys with Tiger Trail Travel. Perfect for getting out of town and experiencing the rural side of Laos, you can spend two adventure filled days cycling, hiking and kayaking through the mountains and jungle landscapes. You also get to spend the night with the Khmu hill-tribes in the karst mountains, how cool is that? In our opinion, cycling and hiking is the best way to experience a new place in its entirety. Plus it’s a great workout too! Check out the website of Tiger Trail Travel below to see their tours.
Tubing in Vang Vieng
Yes the party destination of Vang Vieng had to make our top list! A lot more controlled now than it used to be, you can now go there to float down the river on a tube, hike around the mountains or explore the caves. This little tourist town is rebranding itself to make the most out of its surroundings but tubing is still very much a part of it. So go there with an open mind, chill for a few days, enjoy great company and do a little tubing.
As you can see from our list, there is a good mix of sightseeing, culture and adventure activities to do in Laos. While most places are still untouched by tourism, now is the time to explore and find your own little haven! Happy travels!
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