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Trekking in mountainous northern Laos is quite popular. The main hub for this is Luang Namtha. New trekking hubs include Oudomxay, just south of Luang Namtha and Pakse in southern Laos.
One Laotian experience definitely worth trying is the herbal sauna. Often (but not always) run by temples, these are simple-looking affairs, often just a rickety bamboo shack with a stove and a pipe of water on one side, usually open only in the evenings. The procedure for a visit usually goes like this:
Enter and pay first. The going rate is around 10,000 kip, plus around the same if you want a massage afterward.
Head for the changing room, take off your clothes and wrap yourself up in a sarong (usually provided).
Keeping yourself modestly sarong-clad, head over to the shower or water bucket in one corner and wash up.
Plunge into the sauna room itself. It will be dark, hot and steamy inside, with intense herbal scents of lemongrass and whatever the sauna master is cooking up that day, and you will soon start to sweat profusely.
When you've had your fill, head outside, sip on a little weak tea and marvel at how the tropical heat of the day now feels cool and refreshing.
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(Eco-Guide Service), located behind the night market. Offers up to four days trekking for an average of US$16 per day. Groups can be from 4-8 people and the cost per person drops the more participants there are. Other activities offered include kayaking.
People who love activities and treks may find some interesting interactive tours which are designed to support villages outside of Luang Prabang which is probably the only community based tourism initiative that really brings money into the funds. More info on t... more
Look at the magnificent view of the mountains rising directly beside the river. Many beer and other pit stops along the way. Also, try the diving stop and the swing. Some dry bags may not be of the best quality, often digital cameras get ruined by faulty dry ba... more
in Vang Vieng
These are just 10 of 13 Places for Sports & Activities in Laos. Show more.