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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From ancient temples and deserted islands to wildlife spotting in isolated jungles, camp your way through Cambodia in the most luxurious lodges in Asia.
Take the family on a Laos adventure they will never forget. Bath with elephants, kayak through limestone karsts, fly through the jungle on zip wires, and cycle the hidden 4000 Islands.
Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
Residence Sisouk (Pakse)
This traditionally influenced property is a great place to stop on your exploration of the Mekong
For some southern Laos colonial charm, Residence Sisouk is a great option. This historic residence has been in the French proprieter's family since the 50s, and here you are welcomed as part of the family. All 16 rooms are individually decorated in different colours, each making use of traditional Lao textiles and with parquet flooring and high ceilings. All are en-suite with flat screen TVs. Throughout the corridors and winding staircases you'll find Laos antiques and photographs of local people. The hotel is in a great location in the centre of Pakse, close to many restaurants and café. From the top-floor restaurant there are great views of the Sedong River as it flows into the Mekong. On the ground floor is a lovely café too, serving wonderful French pastries including freshly-baked croissants, and good sandwiches. Bags of local Lao coffee can also be bought here.
Spring River Resort (Kong Lor Cave)
Spring River Resort is located in the remote village of Ban Tiou, along the Hinboun River, a 20 minute boat journey from Kong Lor Cave. The accommodation consists of Lao style traditional bungalows, each simply furnished, with a balcony complete with chairs overlooking the river. The on-site restaurant beside the river serves up a tasty selection of Lao and western dishes. The beautiful secluded setting with views of the Karts Mountains, forest and the river is sure to make this a memorable stay.
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.
Banteay Chhmar Homestay (Banteay Chhmar)
The Homestay programme at Banteay Chhmar is organised with support of the Global Heritage Fund (GHF). The GHF are working to create a model setup of community involvement and support, to enable travelers to make a positive impact on the local community. The homestay enables visitors to have an authentic Khmer experience and helps provide additional income for the families, as well as improve their standing in the community. The rooms are distributed amoungst the traditional Khmer houses in the village; the facilities are fairly basic as you will be staying with a welcoming host family in their home. You will have a private room with mosquito nets, western style bathroom (shared) 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.
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.