Up a creek with a paddle

Laos is a country where you can be as adventurous or as relaxed as you like. One minute you can be trekking through the mountains, the next you can be wandering through markets, or you can go from a speed boat ride on the Mekong River to paddling down the Nam Song River.
Photo by Phil Jordan
Traveling through Laos is exhilarating, exciting and exhausting (but in a good way). We like to go off the beaten track a little and veer away from the norm so when we arrived in the town of Vang Vieng we steered clear of the common tubing and instead put our adventure caps on and headed up stream (literally).
Although we were complete rookies, we decided it would be a great idea to hire a kayak and paddle the 5km (or so) downstream along the banks of the Nam Song River. The water was clean, clear and inviting, in most parts calm, and we were going to be flowing with the current.
Photo by Dave Hardy
Soon after starting our solo kayak escapade we realized it was a lot harder than it looked. Kayaking works not only your arm muscles but also your core. A small part of your leg muscles even get a workout with the twisting and turning your body is doing (if done properly). It is also a great way to get your cardio in for the day!
Not only were we getting a workout on our holiday but the scenery was spectacular and when we got hot we just jumped off the side of our kayaks and into the gorgeous water to refresh ourselves.
Green Discovery Laos has great kayaking tours in Vang Vieng or alternatively hire a kayak when you get there, get dropped out of town and then make your way back in (not recommended during wet season unless you are super experienced).

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