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Visiting Laos highlight spots

Apr 09, 2012 - Apr 11, 2012

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Hi, I'm plan to visit Laos in this April. Can someone please tell me what to do in Laos? we would like to take a trekking tour, so where is the best place to trek?

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    • The Gibbon ExperienceBokeo Nature Preserve, Laos
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      Matthew Crompton recommended The Gibbon Experience
      The ziplining adventure in the cloud forest of NW Lao's Bokeo Nature Preserve is a delight. Guided by local people (don't expect much in the way of English) you'll hike thru the forest heights, ... read more
      wherein you can clip in and sail across stretches of virgin jungle held in by just a climbing harness. Sleeping at night in a tree house on the edge of nowhere, and served tasty Lao food, there are few experiences in the country more memorable. Highly recommended, even if you'll likely never see those elusive gibbons.
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      Matthew Crompton

      For jungle trekking and adventure in Laos, this place is tops. Good luck! =)

    • Pro 2014
      Matthew Crompton recommended Muang Ngoi
      The tiny riverside town of Muang Ngoi (also known as Muang Ngoi Neua, or Muang Ngoi 'north', to distinguish it from the district of the same name), might just be the sweetest place in the whole of ... read more
      Lao, and possibly mainland SE Asia. Situated on the banks of the muddy Nam Ou river, and only accessible by boat, it's a place with no cars, internet, or electricity, save that supplied by generators from 6-10 each night. Laid-back, pastoral, supremely cheap, and incredibly beautiful, it's a great place to go tubing or kayaking on the river (not just a booze-fest like Vang Viene), hiking in surrounding countryside, or exploring the karst-limestone caves dotted around the town. Likewise, it's an amazing place to kick back in a hammock and do nothing at all. In nearly 8 continuous months on the road thruout South and Southeast Asia, Muang Ngoi remains in my top 3 favorite places: not a place to be missed.
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      Matthew Crompton

      One of my favorite places in the world. Go here instead of Vang Viene.

    • Pro 2014
      Matthew Crompton recommended Luang Prabang
      Luang Prabang is unfairly identified with (and often reduced to) its now far-too-touristy dawn Buddhist almsgiving ceremony, and that's a shame. Because while the sight of monks barefoot and in orange ... read more
      robes begging rice may be an interesting ritual, there's vastly more to Luang Prabang than a one-off ceremony. For starters, the ancient city is gorgeous, with lavishly-restored wooden colonial houses, many converted into excellent guesthouses. More, it's an AMAZING food city, with excellent Lao and SE Asian cuisine, but also outstanding and inventive European fare. It's got an outstanding Hmong market with great fabric-crafts, and a wonderful night food market. The hilltop temples overlooking the city are gorgeous for a sunset, and -- best of all -- the city exudes the laid-back Lao charm and hospitality. One of my favorite places in the world, and not to be missed.
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      indochinasails recommended Luang Prabang
      LUANG PRABANG province possesses one of Northern Laos' most diverse landscapes. In the west, the Mekong cuts through dense jungle and lines it with sandy banks. The south is dominated by awesome ... read more
      massifs climbing north from Vientiane and the Nam On (Ou River) voyages north from the city of Luang Prabang, humbled by sheer cliffs of karst around Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoi Neua. In the east, Rte 7 ambles towards Xieng Khuang province and the scenery gives way to soft hills of tawny brown.
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      indochinasails

      How about Luang Prabang?

    • Pro 2014
      Matthew Crompton recommended Laos
      Beautiful, undeveloped, laid-back Laos, with its fabulously kind and welcoming folk, may just be the sweetest country in SE Asia. Each and every place I visited in the country qualified as a ... read more
      highlight. It's fantastically cheap, with great food and lovely countryside, but it's the supreme goodness of its people that set it apart. Spend a week letting the slow rhythm of its rivers transform you, eating copiously and well, and talking to people who give the lie to the title of Thailand as the 'Land of Smiles': Laos is 100 times more friendly.
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