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Sustainable Tourism

"Laos will become a world renowned destination specializing in forms of sustainable tourism that, through partnership and cooperation, benefits natural and cultural heritage conservation and local socio-economic development, and spreads knowledge of Laos' unique cultural heritage around the world."

Every day, the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos) and international stakeholders work towards realizing this vision, and we invite you to visit this beautiful country and experience for yourself the splendid biodiversity and cultural heritage that makes Lao Ecotourism so special and unique.

Laos has a low population density; unspoiled, diverse ethnic lifestyles and traditions; and perhaps the richest, most extensive network of ecosystems on the Indochina Peninsula. More than 800 species of birds and 100-plus large mammals have been identified in Laos, with new species being discovered every year. Some of the more charismatic species include Tigers, Clouded Leopards, Douc Languar, Gibbons, the Irrawaddy Dolphin, Hornbills, Peafowls, Ibis, Crested Argus' and Silver Pheasants. more...



Ecoutourism laos

is purpose of this website is to provide travelers with information on nature and culture-based Tourism Activities in Lao PDR to help generate income for local communities, support natural and cultural protected areas, and minimize negative impacts on Lao's culture and environment.


Responsible Travel

As a traveler, you can assist with the sustainable development of the Lao PDR and help alleviate poverty by supporting community-based tourism. Below are five actions you can take to help make a difference while traveling in Laos...

Elephant Riding

mmerse yourself in the Gibbon Experience, two innovative programs centering on a network of canopy huts that provide a rare opportunity to see black-cheeked crested gibbons, once thought to be extinct. Overnight accommodation is in a canopy tree house with excellent views of the surrounding Bokeo Forest Reserve.

Classic Gibbon Experience

The Classic Gibbon Experience presents a relaxing and peaceful journey, with only an hour of essential walking. Trekkers choose how to spend their time; there is no schedule; food comes when you are hungry; and the guides are always be around and at your service.

Groups of eight people depart on alternate days at 9:00 am for two nights in the Bokeo Nature Reserve.

The Waterfall Gibbon Experience

The Waterfall Gibbon Experience takes trekkers deeper into the Bokeo Nature Reserve, with two to three hours of hiking per day along the Nam Nga River.

A freshwater swimming hole sits at the base of one waterfall tree house. The other tree house offers sunsets views overlooking several valleys.

Two groups of four people depart on alternate days at 7:30 am for two nights in Bokeo Nature Reserve, and they swap tree houses for the second night.

The Gibbon Experience Includes:

  • Exclusive access to Bokeo Nature Reserve
  • Accommodation in a canopy level tree house
  • Semi-private bedrooms with spectacular viewsDelicious snacks and fire cooked meals
  • Unlimited access to explore the forest
  • Local guides eager to show you the forest and its inhabitants
  • Transportation to and from Bokeo Nature Reserve

What to bring to The Gibbon Experience:

  • A small rucksack - leave your main luggage with us
  • A bottle of water - for the walk into the forest
  • Mosquito repellent - a long-sleeved shirt is also recommended for avoiding bites and stings
  • A camera - remember to charge your batteries!
  • A flashlight - available if required


To participate in the Gibbon Experience, contact the its office in Houeixay, Bokeo Province.
Tel: (+856-84) 212-021
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
visit www.gibbonexperience.org.

"The Gibbon Experience is being developed by Animo, a conservation-based eco-tourism company with a mandate from the Lao government to facilitate the sustainable and profitable conservation of the Bokeo Nature Reserve in conjunction with the indigenous inhabitants of the protected area."


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