The Rock Viewpoint, a new attraction in Laos, is located in the Phou Hinboun National Protected Area in Khammuan province. It is about 260km south of Vientiane.
The Rock Viewpoint was developed by Green Discovery Laos – the well-known adventure and eco-tourism company. It offers visitors activities such as zip-lines that fly between the jagged peaks, canopy walks, and a long spider net across a gorge.
These activities shape a fascinating itinerary that has been carefully designed so you can experience this National Protected Area as never before, while leaving as small an impact as possible on Phou Hinboun’s natural ecosystem.
We arrived late afternoon and took a break at the visitor centre before starting our programme. The session was physically challenging and enabled us to see some great views of the limestone forest in the golden rays of the setting sun. There are two routes – short and long. Because we had limited time we opted for the short route which is perfect for those who want to enjoy a challenging activity over the course of about one hour.
We were geared up with safety equipment and given practical information by a guide before setting off.
We were excited, especially when we stepped out from the first platform of the zip-line, which stretched for 400m. The views of the sharp limestone karsts below and around us were both fascinating and terrifying and some couldn’t help but scream, especially those who were zip-lining for the first time.
After the first line we had a greater sense of fun than fear and continued on a few more lines across the valley amid stunning landscapes. We then took a tree canopy walk and clambered across the Spider Net before climbing over rocks to reach the highest observation point. Here we paused to enjoy the unforgettable view of rock formations against the backdrop of the setting sun.
Apart from the views, visitors may also see the rare langur monkeys which live mostly in rocky areas like the limestone mountains. They can occasionally be seen near the Rock Viewpoint in the mornings and may be spied there for three or four days in a row.
The Rock Viewpoint is a must-stop item on the Thakhaek Loop for folks who enjoy exploring the hidden routes of central Laos. — Phoonsab Thevongsa/Vientiane Times/Asia News Network
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