Laos is a country that is very appealing to me. It’s in the heart of Asia but for some reason has remained a low tourist traffic area on the South East Asia circuit.
Whether it’s backpackers or luxury travelers, the big numbers are not there yet. It’s surprising because it has amenities and activities to fit both group’s needs as well as amazing travel value!
The combination of a mysterious past, a former colony of France that has still held onto some of its traditions, the predominately Buddhist culture and boundless adventure activities puts it high on my list of places to recommend to the traveler looking to get off the beaten path in this part of the world. That’s something that is increasingly challenging to find.
One of the most unique adventures I recently enjoyed in Laos was visiting The Gibbon Experience. This is a jungle adventure that takes you into the Bokeo Reserve of Northwest Laos on a zip trekking tour of the forest and a chance to spot and listen to the singing of the rare Black-Crested Gibbon.
Their singing or calls, are some of the most unique sounds in nature. I can best describe them as a combination of whales, birds, and synthesizers, seriously!
You can find zip lining adventures all over Southeast Asia and if that’s all you’re looking for The Gibbon Experience in Laos might not be the right fit. Emphasis is not placed on zip lining. It’s merely the mode of transportation to cut across the vast jungle in search of gibbons. It’s also the quickest way to the treehouse you’ll be perched in on your one or two night visit.
Even with the emphasis on nature you will experience the sensation of gliding over the forest canopy with lines reaching up to 600 meters!
Join me in this episode of Far East Adventure Travel zip lining at The Gibbon Experience, Laos.
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