Top Laos Trekking Destinations
Laos is a dream destination for valiant travelers, with its captivating beauty of lush and dense forests, limestone caves, and mesmerizing waterways. You can explore this beautiful land and explore its ethnic diversity by trekking or hiking. Trekking in fact is the best way to meet people and get to know their cultural values, know more about the landscape, hear local myths and legends and make your trip to Laos a fairytale adventure come true.
If you are deciding go for trekking in Laos, here are some mesmerizing places you must want to visit!
Four Thousand Islands
Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) is an archipelago inside the Mekong river area in southern Laos. It’s known as a sleepy and laid back place to go, but this stretch of Mekong has too much to see that you don’t want to waste your time laying back! The laid-back archipelago is one of the best spots in the country to kayak. You would love to paddle through gentle waters, and a few more challenging spots and take the insight of the captivating scenery. Trips range from a few hours to a few days.
The Gibbon Experience
For an amazing thrill, adventure seekers should travel to northern Laos to take on the Gibbon Experience. You could satisfy your inner thrill seeking nature by flying at high speed through lush and dense forest and valleys on zip lines up to 500m long. The surrounding forest is home to the black gibbon and the cost of the experience helps to support the conservation of their habitat.
The ‘100 waterfalls’
Pathway to the ‘100 waterfalls’ is made up of a quick succession of waterfalls that refresh you with each step. It was discovered in 2008 and is increasingly becoming popular among those visiting the village of Nong Khiaw. Getting to Nong Khiaw from Luang Prabang is an adventure on its own, with most people travelling three hours by songthaew (a pick-up truck converted to a passenger vehicle by adding a couple of benches along its side, allowing some 25 people to squeeze into its small frame).
Kwang Si Waterfall Walk (Long Lao Trek)
Take this great alternative walking route four to five hours to Kwang Si Waterfall, and trek to Hmong and Khamu villages, green forests and mountain tops before arriving at the falls. Village guides are available to enhance the experience by explaining the natural and cultural sites along the way.
Nong Khiaw is a small riverside village that is becoming quite popular with backpackers as a place to relax and enjoy the dramatic views of limestone mountains. You can rent a cheap wooden bungalow overlooking the river and take in the views from your balcony, or you can try a few activities like Caving, kayaking and rock climbing.
Chomphet Trek (Phou Louang Tai)
Explore Luang Prabang's rural life on this challenging trek into the hills of Chompet district across the Mekong River, and face difficult climbs on the way to green forests, and charismatic views of Luang Prabang.
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