Thursday, 14th January 2016
4 ways to keep active in Laos
There is so much to do in Laos that travellers could spend hours simply deciding how to spend their time. Whether you want to relax on the beach, or take some time exploring the local culture, you won’t be at a loss for things to do.
However, one aspect of the destination that is often overlooked by travellers is the number of ways they can stay fit and healthy in one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments.
Whether you want to explore a jungle, take part in some watersports or set foot on a hike through Laos’ glorious surroundings, there are plenty of options. Here are four of the best:
1. Climb Mount Phousy
Mount Phousy is located in the old town of Luang Prabang and is the ideal vantage point for travellers searching for that dream sunset photo. The 100-metre tall hill of Phu Si is topped off with a 24-metre gilded stupa, That Chomsi.
While the summit may take some effort, it will all pay off once you reach its peak, where the stunning location offers a number of extraordinary city views and there are some unique monuments on top, including a carved wood Buddha riding Airavata, who is a character from Hindu mythology.
As well as this, there is a collection of murals inside That Chomsi, where there are murals showing legendary images taken along the Mekong River.
2. Take part in a jungle trek
Jungle treks are among the most popular activities for tourists in Laos, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the stunning wildlife and plant life in the country.
Walking through dense surroundings full of exotic flowers and gorgeous trees, entering a jungle is like walking into an entirely different world. Soak up the serene atmosphere as you hear the calming noises of birds and explore the truly unforgettable environment.
One of the best jungle treks for travellers is the walk through Phateung Forest, which is accessible from Luang Prabang. The walk is suitable for both experts and beginners, so don’t worry if you are concerned about your fitness levels. For extra help, make sure you use a tour guide, who can enlighten you with stories of the jungle while making sure you don’t become lost!
3. Kayak across the Mekong River
The Mekong River will be number one on the list for most visitors to Laos, where they can explore some of the top sights along the river and see some of the 4,000 islands along the waterways.
Kayaking will also give you an opportunity to spot some of the rare and endangered Irrawaddy dolphins and observe some of the river’s exceptional waterfalls.
The river can be a challenge for inexperienced kayakers, but tour guides will be able to advise travellers on the best region for their abilities.
4. Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon
The Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon offer some of the most spectacular views across all of Laos. Located in Vang Vieng, the area is easily accessible by a short cycle and suitable for all abilities.
Once you reach the destination, you can take the chance to relax in the caves, which are ideal for swimming or bathing. Perhaps purchase a lilo to take advantage of the soothing river and get away from it all.
The Blue Lagoon is full of crystal-clear blue water and is perfect for swimmers or divers so, regardless of whether you want to relax or get active, this attraction is perfect.
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