Top 5 Best Places for Trekking in Laos
Trekking in Laos proved to be extremely alluring, especially to those who prefer challenges. Interestingly, Laos is also where off-track trekking is always attractive as tourists can discover many things, from natural beauties to remote villages with unique customs and cultures. And so here we are: Top 5 Best Places for Trekking in Laos!
Bokeo Nature Reserve
Bokeo Nature Reserve, located near Huay Sai town, is where the exciting Gibbon Experience holds. Though most visitors come here to enjoy this Gibbon Experience trip, this area is also known to be one of the best to trek in Laos due to its special location. And even if visitors choose the Gibbon Experience, aside from Express trip, there are several areas where travelers have to trek in order to get to the next zipline point.
Trekking in Bokeo Nature Reserve proved to be quite challenging, the longer travelers trek, the harder the road is. That’s why trekking in this pristine forest requires quite the fitness. But if they can get over it, what awaits them is the gorgeous view of this beautiful forest. Especially when sometimes tourists can spot the rare black-crested gibbon put in the endangered animals list.
Luang Prabang is an ancient land of northern Laos. To veteran travelers, Luang Prabang is also the exact place you want to go for an unforgettable trek. Luang Prabang is indeed an enormous area, and so it is hard to recommend any specific best place to trek here. This is because Luang Prabang is just so perfect for trekking. You can immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of Luang Prabang, stay and watch the life of ethnic minorities, and more…
That being said, here are some honorable mentions:
- Ethnic villages: In Luang Prabang, you will be able to meet two ethnic minorities: Khmu and Hmong. Since they live in remote areas with different values, seperated from the crowded cities and towns, you will be able to see many differences between their cultures, and Laotian culture. In case you’re wondering, though these are remote areas, they are quite accustomed with the appearance of outsiders so there is no problem for us to come here.
- Kwang Si Waterfall: This is probabyly the most attractive trekking area in Luang Prabang, also where you will behold the astounding scenery of Kuang Si Waterfall, jump in the clear turquoise water, and talk with the locals and hear the stories of this sacred land.
- Elephant Riding: This is more like side activity, but in the end, it is a worthy experience. There are many elephants camps in Luang Prabang where you can try to interect, ride with these calm and gentle beasts. The price for an experience like this might not be cheap, but it is still recommendable ifyour budget allows.
100 Waterfalls, Nong Khiaw
True to its name, 100 Waterfalls in Nong Khiaw comprises of hundreds of great and small waterfalls. Though it might not be clear whether there are exact 100 waterfalls here or not, but what’s important is its challenging, but also extremely fascinating aspects as a trekking area. Sometimes trekkers have to hop on the water, grab the ropes in order to go on. Sounds tiring, but in during hot period, it is perfect. It is said that 100 Waterfalls was first discovered in 2008 as a trekking area. Since then it is known for its thrilling trekking path.
Besides Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha is also a province full of trekking opportunities and surprises, especially the Nam Ha National Protected Area. As you trek, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of this place further.
Unlike Luang Prabang which is home to Khmu and Hmong minority groups, Luang Namtha is home to approximately 20 ethnic groups, which probably is the most diversed place in entire Laos. This makes Luang Namtha not only the place for natural discovery, but also the place for cultural discovery. And the best way for it is doing homestay.
To most people, the best place for trekking in Luang Namtha is probably Muang Sing, a district surrounded by mountains and forests, located approximately 60 kilometers to the northwest of Luang Nam Tha. What makes this place attractive to many visitors lies on its state. Muang Sing is somewhat… primal, suitable for those who seeks challenging trekking. In addition, there are several ethnic communities in Muang Sing like Akha, Tai Lue, Tai Neua, Lolo, Hmong. Each has their own custom with distinctive traditional clothes. For that reason, it is also a good idea to get to these ethnic villages and experience their cultures.
As the matter of fact, visitors can easily see Katang villages in the plains area. However, what we seek is the remote villages in Savannakhet Province. The trek can be rough, but once you got there what you will experience is like turning back to the ancient days of Laos as you can see old Katang villages, secluded from the rest of the modern Laos. Many buildings here follow the ancient architectural design, such as the long houses. What is more fascinating is their culture related to the belief in spirits and they will gladly share theirs to help you avoid disturbing the spirits. For example, in Katang villages you may see some items called as ‘spirit items’ which believed to hold the spirits, and it is much recommended not to touch those.
Your question form
Please fill up the below question form if you need any further information or assistance. We are willing to send you our answers within 24 hours and provide you necessary documents if require.