Multi-Sport in Laos

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Elephant Eating
Elephant Eating

Manfred Philp

Adventure Traveller

  1. Age: 27
  2. Nationality: Germany
  3. Where was your adventure?: Laos
  4. How many days was it?: 15
  5. What type of adventure?: Trekking
  6. Give us a general overview of your adventure:
    We went into Laos with little expectations, but found a wonderful country with so many possibilities for eco treks and combination tours in jungle, rivers, mountains and villages. The small town of Vang Vieng was not as cool as we thought. There was too much smoke. We went in July 2005 and ended up being in Luang Phabang for longer than expected. The sightseeing was great but opportunities for action and outdoor adventures was really good! We did a three day combination adventure with the mentioned Tiger Trail Company. Someone in another BootsnAll article wrote about it. We did the combination.
  7. Was it difficult?: yes
    Why or why not?
    For a normal stamina, it was demanding as there was rain, humidity, the dense jungle and mud. The heat did not help either. The combination was good for three days but when you arrive back in town you feel your muscles, that is for sure.
  8. Would you recommend this adventure trip to someone else? Why or Why Not?
    I would definitely recommend the combination trip, which was perfect multi-sport tour with these guys from Tiger Trail. There is a biking trip, a river tour, trekking and home stays with local minorities. There is an relaxing elephant ride with stunning views, a great waterfall valley and a soft rafting on the last afternoon! It was a perfect setting, with wonderful views, villages, jungles and mountains. There is this new Lao Spirit resort which was a perfect setting to start and end the “tiger trail”. The showers were right on the spot and cool drinks.

    Also it was great to get a second guide included who helped with luggage and with cutting the trail.

  9. What do you wish you would have done differently?
    Well, we should have come in a cooler season, but even now it was green, lush and the best choice I can imagine. And, there were not many people. We met only one more couple on the trail. The villages are very interesting to see.
  10. What kind of advice can you give to other travellers going on this adventure?
    Try to bargain for a night in this wonderful eco resort “Lao Spirit” out of town where you would pass. It’s an amazing spot with cool buildings from old colonial time
  11. What type of gear did you bring?
    We had 2 sets of cloths, raincoats, drinking bottles, headlights, thin sleeping bag, loads of mosquitos repellent, some crackers and a power drinks. All other equipment was given from the company
  12. Where is your next big adventure? Why?
    I would love to go to southern China, as I heard it is still a huge potential for outdoor activities there, specifically for wonderful biking tours!
  13. Did you travel before or after your adventure? If so, where?
    After doing Laos we went up to Thailand and did a trek again, which was rather boring and nothing compared to the Laos adventure.
  14. On your adventure, what person did you most identify with?

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