Thanks to high terrain with chains of mountains, Laos is an ideal country for adventurous travellers. Coming Laos, visitors will be overwhelmed by unspoiled natural scenery and dense forests, excited with traditional villages as well as experiencing the cool turquoise water. Besides, the mighty Mekong River flowing along with the entire lengths of Laos also gives visitors chance to discover white-water rivers with colorful local lifestyle. Below are the top 10 amazing activities in Laos for visitors’ reference.
Discovering the Elephant Village Sanctuary
The Elephant Village Sanctuary in Luang Prabang is an educational facility to preserve and protect Asian elephants as well as providing employment to villagers. Coming the Elephant Village, you will have chance to interact with the large animals. You can ride and learn how to care for and bathe the elephant. It will be really a precious chance to gain comprehensive view of these giant animals and get up close to them.
Thanks to the diversity of fauna and flora, Laos have a lots of exciting activities for visitors loving natures such as bird-watching, seeing the vast forest canopies and rarest species. The best choice for this service is the National Biodiversity Conservation Areas in the country, especially in Phou Hin Poun, Nam Ha and Phou Khao Khouay.
Boat into Tham Kong Lo Cave – the hidden treasure of Lao
Tham Kong Lo Cave, known as “Wonder of the geology of Southeast Asia” is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Laos. This cave has the length of 7km and the height of 90 meters and is a large limestone cave in Phu Hin Bu national park. Thanks to Hun Bun river flowing into the cave, visitors can explore caves by small boats. After 7km boat discovery, travellers can explore a little on foot in the total darkness.
Zipping through the Forest
For those who like adventure, the Gibbon Experience gives travellers an opportunity to explore the dense tropical forest in northern Laos in the most exciting way. From the high 500m above the ground, a series of zip lines spread across a length of about 15km , so visitor fly at amazing speed through thick forests and valleys as well as observing the mysterious wildlife that the forest holds with itself. The zip lines lead you to the entrance of the world’s highest tree houses, some of them is in the height up to 40m. In the heart of forests, the house give you a chance to see rare wildlife that includes tigers, clouded leopards, black bears and of course the famous black-crested gibbons.
Kayaking through Si Phan Don
The 4000 islands (or Si Phan Don) in the south of Laos is the place not only for relaxation, but also for thrilling kayaking. Jumping into a kayaking and go along the gentle Mekong River, visitors will see the lifeblood of Southeast Asia from a different perspective. You will be excited with curving waterways, extraordinary waterfalls and even the chance to glimpse the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.
Exploring bomb-shelter caves – Vieng Xai
Vieng Xai Caves are known as Lao historical sites, which witnessed a dolorous war period. Over 20,000 people lives there during Vietnam war to escape U.S.A bombing campaign. Hospitals, markets and even a theatre were built in this 450-cave network. Discovering Vieng Xai, you will know how local people struggle to exist during the terrible conflict period.
Rock Climbing in Nong Khiaw
Nong Khiaw is one of true jewels of northern Laos, a natural masterpiece with karst landscape, caves and river. Its beauty urges climbers to come and conquer its incredible view. On the way up, visitors can own the rock and scale the surrounding limestone mountains amidst the most beautiful landscapes they could ever imagine.
Trekking the “100 Waterfalls”
Escaping the bustling cities of Laos, trekking in the 100 waterfalls never make visitors regretful because of clambering up a series of cascading waterfalls. Trekking to some Nong Khiaw villages is also its perfect harmony for travellers. Coming villages, you have chances to understand about local culture and lifestyle and hear about their legend.
Discovering Ancient Khmer Temple Ruins
Located in Champasak province, Vat Phou or Wat Phu is a ruined Khmer Hindu temple complex. There was a temple on the site as early as the 5th century, but the remaining surviving structures date from 11th to 13th century. Wat Phu is the most ancient temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Laos. It used to be the center of Hinduism, dedicated to Lord Shiva before becoming a center of Theravada Buddhist worship, which it remains today.
Cruising Mekong River
Discovering Mekong River is one of the precious experiences in Southeast Asia. Mekong River passing through Laos, not only gives it the diversity of fauna and flora, but also brings significant tourism values to this beautiful country. Go along Mekong River. Discovering Mekong running the entire length of Laos is to explore rivers and its many tributaries being integral to the Laos way of life, providing fishing, irrigation, transportation and fertile farmland along the delta.