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.
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Victoria Express (Hanoi)
The finest of the many sleeper train options plying the overnight route between Hanoi and Lao Cai is the Victoria Express, owned and operated by the Victoria Hotel group, whose property in Sapa will be the destination of most of the passengers onboard. On most evenings the Victoria Express comprises of two carriages of comfortable passenger cabins, with a restaurant car accompanying Hanoi departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each carriage is comprised of six four-berth compartments, attractively decorated in wood and brass, and one two-berth deluxe cabin. Washing and toilet facilities are located at both ends of each carriage, but as with all trains on this route ensuite facilities are not available.
Mandala Ou Resort (Nong Khiaw)
Mandala Ou is a serene resort, situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou River.
This new premier bungalow resort in Nong Khiaw offers spectacular sunset views over the virgin rainforest and karst limestone mountains. The spacious and comfortable detached bungalows mix traditional Lao style with all the modern conveniences; king sized bedding, a large modern bathroom, a private balcony and modern amenities. You can relax in the infinity pool overlooking the river, enjoy sunset drinks from the poolside bar and savour Lao, Thai and Western cuisine in the on-site restaurant. There is also a quiet, covered Yoga Sala directly on the river; Yoga mats, blocks and straps are available for rent.
Forest Floor Lodge (Nam Cat Tien National Park)
Forest Floor Lodge is a thoughtfully designed eco-lodge overlooking the Ben Cu rapids and Monkey Island, a small densely-vegetated island that is home to the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre. Accommodation is spread out into the surrounding jungle in African safari-lodge style, with some wooden cabins and a small number of luxury safari tents on stilts overlooking the river. A range of excursions into the National Park are offered by the lodge, working in conjunction with the park office located nearby. The central lodge where meals are taken offers a beautiful and relaxing spot to sit overlooking the river and watch the local wildlife.
Hang Village Homestay (Pu Luong)
Stay overnight with in a charming homestay in the verdant valleys of Pu Luong.
Located in the quaint and rural Hang Village, the homestay enables visitors to have an authentic Vietnamese experience and helps provide additional income for the families, as well as improve their standing in the community. Note the facilities are fairly basic but the host family and beautiful surrounds more than make up for it. You will have a private room with mosquito nets, simple shared western style bathroom and hammocks on the terrace to relax in. Your hosts may not speak a great deal of English but are eager to communicate with the help of books and hand gestures.
Phong Nha Lake House (Phong Nha National Park)
Situated on the banks of a small lake, on the outskirts of the National Park
The Phong Nha Lake House is a great base for exploring the nearby caves and impressive scenery. The accommodation is influenced by local design and the rooms although quite simple in design are spacious and clean with views of the lake. The hotel boast a sun terrace and the restaurant serves a tasty variety of western and local cusine.
Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort (Nong Khiaw)
The settlement of Nong Khiaw is blessed with some of the most attractive natural scenery in Northern Laos. Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort overlooks the vertical limestone mountains and stretches along the river, surrounded by forest and mountains. All 15 private bungalows have big balconies that provide a glorious setting from which to enjoy the view of the river and mountains. Due to limited electricity supply there is no air conditioning, but all rooms have fridge, safety box, electric kettles, free tea and coffee and beds are covered with mosquito nets.