Nestled in Southeast Asia, the landlocked country Laos is the perfect blend of bliss and beauty. Just like its neighboring countries Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, Laos has plenty to offer. This location is affordable, exciting, and offers breath-taking views of mesmerizing mountains, meandering rivers, and remote villages. You can trek to isolated hill tribes, swim in waterfalls, and explore underground caves. It is a destination filled with adventure.
Bokeo Nature Reserve – Abode of the Black-Cheek Gibbons
If you envied the life of George from the movie George of the Jungle, then you can live it too. Stay in a treehouse and zipline through the forest. That and more adventures await you at Bokeo Nature Reserve in Laos. The reserve was created to protect the population of Black-cheeked gibbon, a species that was once considered extinct. So, if you are lucky, you may just spot this rare gibbon while ziplining.
The reserve is also a habitat for elephants, bears, tigers, and wild buffaloes. Additionally, the eco-project works to rehabilitate the wild animals captured by poachers.
Nong Kiau – The Rustic Village
Also known as Nong Khiaw, this village is a popular tourist destination in the Luang Prabang Province. It is famous for its many walking, biking, and mountain climbing opportunities. The most popular attraction is the bridge across the Nam Ou River, built by China, known for its stunning views of the river and mountains.
Vang Vieng – Party in the River
Admired by the party-seeking young backpackers, Vang Vieng is a small tourist town in Laos surrounded by wild fields. It offers all sorts of accommodations, from hostels to guest houses and it is filled with many bars and diners, which are open till the wee hours of the morning.
You can go trekking and rock climbing at limestone karst-filled mountains. However, the most loved activity in the town, however, is river-tubing. Imagine floating down the river stopping at various riverside bars on the way— isn’t it a great way to spend your summer days?