Outdoor Activities

Trekking

Explore the mountains and forests of Laos on one to three day trek or longer, and visit remote ethnic villages, journey to hidden waterfalls and caves, bird watching and otherwildlife and investigate ruins of ancient civilizations.

The trekking programs are mostly operated by provincial guide services and the villagers with the guide training and the knowledge of the trail. A significant portion of the trekking fees goes to local guides and villagers for home stays and other hospitality services as well as to support ongoing training, trail and facility maintenance and community development funds.

Resident guides have intimate knowledge of plants, wildlife and local culture, and hiring one through a tour operator or guide service will make your trek much more fulfilling. Booking a trek is the best way to visit a Lao National Protected Area.

Embark on a journey of a lifetime...take an ecotourism trek through the nature and culture of Laos.

Caves

Some of the most extensive limestone cave systems in Asia can be found in Laos. One of the most spectacular is the Konglor Cave in central Laos' Khammouane Province. There is a river flowing all the way through this huge 7.5 km long cave and you can ride a small boat through it.

The limestone forest in Khammouane has the highest concentrations of caves in Laos, and in, Tham Pa Fa Cave, 229 Buddha images were discovered in 2004. If you want to explore off-the-beaten path caves, the Pha Laem trek near Thakhaek (Khammouane Province) is a good option.

Vientiane (Vientiane Province), just north of Vientiane Capital is also well-known for karst mountains and caves. In Luang Namtha's Vieng Phoukha, visit easily accessible but little known Phou Prasat or Tham Kao Rao Cave. The most famous caves in Laos are way up in Houaphanh Province's Vieng Xay district. These fortress-like caves served as a base for the Lao Revolutionary Forces during the Second Indochina War. Other notable caves are the Tham Pa Cave in Xieng Khouang Province and Tham Ting Cave in Luang Prabang Province.

Climbing

There is an organized climbing tour in Vang Vieng (Vientiane Province) and Luang Prabang. Climbing is a new activity in Laos. So far, the only officially opened areas for climbing are in Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. With the spectacular limestone landscape in Vang Vieng, north of Vientiane, climbers can access the crags free of charge. 1 to 3 day courses and equiment rental are available at Green Discovery in Vang Vieng.

Cycling

A great, eco friendly way to get around Lao is by bicycle. With a population of only about 6 million people, Laos has less traffic outside the main cities and biking around the country's green hills is gaining popularity. If you plan on a longer trip, it is best to bring your own bike. For shorter trips, you can hire miid-range mountain bikes from tour companies and guest houses. Some popular bike tours are found in Luang Namtha, Vang Vieng (Vientiane Province), and Luang Prabang.

Camping

Organized tent camping is available in Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area through major tour operators in Vang Vieng (Vientiane Province), If you are interested in staying in a simple bamboo forest camp, try the Nam Ha Forest Camp in Luang Namtha's Nam Ha National Protected Area. There is also combination of rafting and camping expeditions available in Luang Prabang Province.

Kayaking

The naturally beautiful Vientiane Province offers visitors the chance to kayak in the number of rivers that flow through its lands. Kayaking allows you to move off the beaten path and to see the natural beauty that Laos has to offer. If you are looking to take a break from the social side of traveling through Laos and undertake an activity, Kayaking could be just what you are looking for.

By undertaking some kayaking, extreme sport adventures can enjoy finding some harder to reach locations. Waterfalls,hidden caves and secret trails are all things kayakers can access. Kayak trips will often stop off at local villages where kayakers can enjoy the cultural experience of witnessing authentic village life. Some trips allows guests to combine kayaking with activities such as mountain biking and trekking.

Kayaking trips are offered along a range of rivers in the province. The Nam Xong River, The Nam Lik River and theNam Hin Boun River are three popular rivers for kayak tours. The kayaks themselves will usually seat two persons, reducing the physical demands on an individual and also offering someone else to be laughed at in the unlikely event you capsize!

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