Adventure tourism comes to Luang Prabang
The beautiful landscape, thick forests and majestic waterfalls are what most people associate with World Heritage listed Luang Prabang but to date it has not had much in the way of adventure activities.
The garden in the area of the Green Jungle Flight.
Green Jungle Flight at Hoikhua waterfall in Paklueang village of Chomphet district has changed all that, offering a zip line adventure just a short distance from the tranquility of downtown Luang Prabang.
According to a recent talk with the Green Jungle Flight Manager, Mr Anongchit Phomhacksa, the adventure park is owned by a Lao businessman who received a 30 year concession on an area of more than 10 hectares from the government to operate a tourism site in Luang Prabang.
“Before, the local people who lived on the mountain or the head of the waterfall cut trees for their daily living but now most of them have been moved to stay in the low land where the provincial authorities organised a place for them and tree cutting is no longer allowed,” he said.
Mr Anongchit explained that as many big trees and beautiful waterfalls are located in the area, the jungle flight created a variety of ziplines to attract tourists to visit the area such as the zig-zag walkway, zipline, monkey bridge, crossing net, rope crossing, flying trapeze, wood crossing, wooden bridge and tire path.
According to information provided by jungle flight, there are three kinds of packages for zipline activities, including bronze, silver and gold. All packages include transfers, a bottle of water and coffee or tea.
The price for the Bronze package: zipline adventure with 12 platforms is US$30. Meanwhile the rope course adventure with 13 platforms is US$28; zipline and rope adventure with 25 platforms is US$45; the trekking adventure is US$35; and the kids' adventure with 11 platforms is US$20.
The silver package offers a half day trekking with rope course on 13 platforms at US$45 and a half day trekking with ziplines from 12 platforms at US$55.
The gold package offers a full day trekking with a zipline and rope course from 25 platforms at a cost of US$65.
Inside the concession area, Green Jungle Flight also has a flower garden at Hoikhua waterfall where many people like to come and have their photographs taken so they can post them online later.
“Around a thousand tourists visit our place per month, especially local people on the weekend,” Mr Arongchit said. “However, we are also planning to build ten bungalows and a camping area to attract more visitors and expecting to finish at the end of this year to welcome the high peak of tourism season.”
“Moreover, we also plan to organise for elephant rides, have a water based play area and plant green vegetables to serve in our restaurant.”
Green Jungle Flight currently has around 50 staff to serve tourists. Foreigners like the zipline activities very much, while mo st of the guides have gained experience from training in how to supervise the activities.
To get to Green Jungle Flight, you have two choices - travel by land or travel by boat.
Traveling by land, you will cros s the Mekong River by ferry from the town of Luang Prabang to Xiengmaen village of Chomphet d istrict. Then, you have to drive a further 15km on a road currently under construction which heads to Hongsa district of Xayaboury province. After that you will see big signs announcing the adventure park along both sides of the road.
By boat, you pay 10,000kip for a round trip to reach to the jungle flight. Boats leave at 9am, 11am and 1pm and take around 45 minutes to reach the Green Jungle Flight port before a 10 minute car transfer.
The return trip from jungle flight to the town of Luang Prabang heads upstream along the Mekong River. Boats depart at 12pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm.
The entrance fee for the flower garden is 20,000kip per person.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update Febuary 18, 2017)