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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Active Holidays itineraries
Eco lodges, night safaris, hidden cities and ancient mysteries – this is the ultimate adventurous traveller's introduction to Laos.
This itinerary is the perfect mix of both rural and urban adventure for those seeking an active, exciting introduction to Vietnam.
Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
Rajabori Villas (Kratie)
Rajabori Villas is a beautiful eco-resort on the northern tip of Koh Trong Island just 5 minutes by local ferry from Kratie. The resort is set amongst spacious tropical gardens with a huge swimming pool in the middle. Guest rooms are in large wooden villas on stilts with shuttered windows and an outdoor terrace. Inside furniture is simple Khmer style with dark wood beds, wardrobes and desks. As an eco-resort there is no air-conditioning but all the rooms are equipped with fans. The main building has a great bar and restaurant overlooking the pool and the friendly and informative staff are on hand to offer sightseeing advice.
Du Parc Hotel Dalat (Dalat)
The historic Du Parc, built in 1932, was one of Dalat'sfirst and grandest hotels. Perfectly situated on the hill above the heart of the town, and just five minutes walk from the Central Market, this is a popular base for visitors to Dalat. The impressive lobby is filled with period features and French decor, and oozes charm and character. The rooms themselves are simple, unfussy and well kept. The temperature in Dalat is far milder that in other parts of Vietnam, so there is a ceiling fan in each room without the need for air conditioning. Breakfast is served over the road in an attractive French colonial restaurant. The breakfast offers a selection of traditional Vietnamese options aswell as authentic and extremely tasty French pastries.
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.
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.
Ha Giang Homestay (Ha Giang)
Discover the remote valleys and little-visited villages of northern Vietnam as you explore Ha Giang region. Along the way you will stay in various homestays, providing a wonderful opportunity to get beneath the surface of local life in this beautiful minority region. Facilities are clean but very basic; suitable for those willing to rough it a little in search of the most authentic experiences.
Jungle Hotel Paksong (Pakse)
In the jungle of southern Laos you can spend the night in an adult sized fully functioning tree house!
Deep in the heart of Dong Hua Sao National Park you will find the Jungle Hotel Paksong. The accommodation consists of tree top house, these are single-room open sided huts. Built into the trees 10 meters off the ground the huts are only accessible by a short zip line from a nearby platform! Made wholly from local wood, grass and bamboo in a traditional style, the houses have beds, a table and chairs and mosquito nets. Electricity is powered by waterfall-powered turbines and there is a restaurant on ground level with the use of hot showers alongside serving up delicious local dishes and barbecues.