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Tuesday, 10th May 2016

10 reasons Laos is a top adventure travel destination

While planning a holiday to South-east Asia, lots of people consider the culture and the food, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit this part of the world. One of them is the possibility of enjoying adventure activities and Laos is perfect for this. Read on to find out more.

1.      Landscape made for adventure

Limestone caves – check. Dense forests – check. Winding rivers – check. The landscape of Laos has everything you need for a fun-packed adventure holiday.

2.      Explore the Four Thousand Islands by kayak

Paddle around the Four Thousand Islands in a kayak, making trips as long or as short as you like. Stop off at local villages when the mood takes you and keep an eye open for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.

3.      Zip through the forest

In northern Laos, there is a centre known as the Gibbon Experience, where you can hurtle through the forest on ziplines up to 500 metres in length. You can even stay overnight in the tree houses you reach via this unusual mode of transport.

4.      Limestone karst climbing

Tha Khaek in central Laos is home to some stunning limestone karsts, which are wonderful for learning how to climb on. More experienced rock climbers will not be bored either, as there are some more challenging routes. All in stunning surroundings.

5.      Wandering among temple ruins

Found on the slopes of Phu Pasak Mountain, Wat Phu is an incredible, crumbling temple complex that seems to have come straight out of an Indiana Jones film. Forget the crowds of Cambodia’s Angkor and explore to your heart’s content here instead.

6.      Explore a stalactite forest inside a bat cave

Taking a boat ride through the Tham Kong Lo Cave is quite an experience in itself, with the only light coming from the boatman’s torch. Then you can disembark to walk through an eerily-lit forest of stalactites. Just try not to think about the bats and the bird-eating spiders.

7.      Splash through the 100 Waterfalls trek

Consider this almost like canyoning in reverse, as you hike through streams and up ropes through the 100 Waterfalls trek. Discovery of these incredible natural features in 2008 turned the quiet village of Nong Khiaw into quite the adventure sport location.

8.      Cycling through the varied scenery

Luang Namtha, Udomxai, Luang Prabang and Vientiane are all popular cycling spots in Laos, with plenty of bike rental options. But you are not confined to these areas if you wish to explore the country on two wheels. Peddle past rice paddies, up mountains and through jungle, depending on your interests and abilities.

9.      Trekking in the Dong Phu Vieng National Protected Area

Hiking through the sacred forest of the Dong Phu Vieng Protected Area is only topped by spending the night in one of the remote Katang villages of the area.

10.  Tour a subterranean bomb shelter

Some 20,000 people lived in the system of 450 caves below ground at Vieng Xai during the Vietnamese War. Discover where hospitals, markets and a theatre were all created below the ground.

Related news stories:
The Laos reading list (6th October 2015)
10 reasons to make Laos your next destination (16th September 2015)
What to know before you go to Laos (23rd April 2015)
What does the Laotian flag symbolise? (17th November 2015)
Everything you need to know about coffee in Laos (29th December 2015)