Active adventures in Southeast Asia
Beyond the cacophonous streets of Southeast Asia's thriving cities lies a region of towering, jungle-clad mountains that conceal cathedral-like caverns; human-sculpted landscapes of dramatic rice terraces; vast lakes, great rivers, paradise islands and hidden coves. If you love the outdoors, you'll be smitten by the myriad landscapes that await you in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Don your walking boots and head out for jungle treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park or into the beautiful mountains of northern Vietnam. Stay in homestays with the local minority people as you explore the spectacular terraced mountains of Sapa. Jump on your bike to escape the crowds and discover the hidden corners that most visitors never see. Plunge beneath the waves and discover an underwater wonderland at Nha Trang or remote Con Dao.
Let us know what you like and we'll incorporate your favourite activities into your perfect holiday package.
Recommended Active Holidays Experiences
Active Holidays itineraries
Take in the most incredible scenic vistas of Vietnam and Laos as you trek through the rolling hills, mountains and countryside villages.
From ancient temples and deserted islands to wildlife spotting in isolated jungles, camp your way through Cambodia in the most luxurious lodges in Asia.
Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
The Beige (Siem Reap)
The Beige offers a truly unique experience; a luxurious tented camp in the heart of the Angkorian jungles.
“Beige” generally refers to bland upholstery and ordinary carpets. The Beige in Siem Reap however, is anything but dull. Located in the lush surrounding jungle of the incredible temples of Angkor, eight luxurious, colonial-style tented guest rooms dot the forest beside a river. A real escape from the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap town, here you are in the isolated wilderness, just a stones throw from the ancient ruins.
This is no ordinary camping… the villa-sized tents are all air-conditioned, with private terraces accompanied by indoor-outdoor baths. You will have assistants on hand for everything from rolling up tent panels to drawing baths to arranging excursions and tours. There's a spa tent as well as a yoga platform, and a library, a communal fireplace for lounging and an incredible infinity pool surrounded by dense jungle. And it's all accompanied by organic Khmer cuisine made largely from ingredients produced by the Beige's own farm.
The Sapa View Hotel (Sapa)
Opened in 2011, this cosy 26 room hotel blends traditional wood furniture, local handicrafts and tapestries with modern facilities: wide head showers, comfy duvets and flat screen TVs. All rooms are provided with electric blankets and this is the only hotel in Sapa to have working fireplaces ineach guest room - perfect in Sapa's cold winter months. Both the hotel's restaurant and the cafe/bar area serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and traditional music is performed in the cafe every evening. The cafe is our favourite spot to sit, with a good coffee machine and tasteful crafts made by the local Hmong tribe for sale here. The one drawback to this hotel is the lack of elevator and it's a long way up to the 5th floor! But the balcony views across the Sapa valley are fantastic, so well worth the climb we think.
Riverside Boutique Resort (Vang Vieng)
The Riverside Boutique is ideally located on the banks of the Nam Song River and our top choice in Vang Vieng.
This luxury resort has charm and character set against the dramatic backdrop of limestone karst mountains. Located away from the busy main streets but within easy reach of the centre Riverside Boutique Resort is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful surroundings. The resort is set within a spacious tropical garden with chalet style accommodation blocks centred around a lovely swimming pool which faces straight on to the river.
The guest rooms are very bright and airy with large private balconies. Each room is decorated with fabrics, batiks and pictures of differing Lao ethnic groups which adds a homely feel. The resort features an authentic Lao restaurant with options for indoor or outdoor dining. There are free bikes you can borrow from the resort to explore by yourself or head to the main strip of bars and restaurants. The attentive staff can also help arrange kayaking, hiking or boat trips as well as cooking classes.
Mondulkiri Project Jungle Lodge (Mondulkiri)
For the true adventurer, keen to shake off the tourist crowds and get deep into Cambodia's hinterland, the Mondulkiri Project is the perfect spot. For those staying overnight at the project, the rustic Jungle Lodge provides a simple, comfortable hammock surrounded by the sounds of the jungle to lull you to sleep.
Panhou Ecolodge (Hoang Su Phi)
Panhou Ecolodge is a traditional styled hotel hidden in the heart in the Song Chay Mountains.
Panhou Ecolodge is located on the outskirts of Panhou village in Hoang Su Phi district in Ha Giang region of north east Vietnam. Surrounded by jungle clad mountains the resort features accommodation in traditionally styled buildings. The 12 bamboo stilted house are split into two large rooms with thatched roofs, modern ensuite facilities, local furnishings and some with private balconies. Aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible the resort uses solar-powered hot water systems and fans.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped with ponds and vegetable gardens and the on-site restaurants serves healthy local dishes. The resort also features a relaxing traditional herbal bath to help you unwind. Many interesting ethnic minorities live in the Hoang Su Phi area with plenty of trekking routes and photography tours available from the resort through local village and some of the most impressive rice terraces in northern Vietnam.