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- I enjoyed walking around this beautiful lake and taking some great photos. Mainly lots of locals and no tourists around still. Plenty of vendors selling stuff but not pushy at all which was nice. A must visit place in Banlung. 2 dollar entrance.Written 29 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This is the most amazing elefant experience ever! Elefants are very happy and kept professionally under best possible conditions surrounded by plenty of nature. When I arrived the baby (around 4 months old) and its mum where standing in the morning sun grassing next to a beautiful river. I was there alone and the mother would let me get close to her baby. The baby would come sniff and play with me and touch my hair and phone with its nose. No way to describe the happiness of this experience! I am still giggling with joy when I think of it.
They also have other elefants, including a giant male. Many tourists have been told to look down on parks that offer elefant rides. Airavata does offer them, but make no mistake. Their elefants are better kept and more happy and healthy than in any of the so-called eco-friendly parks I have seen across Thailand! Airavata is elefant paradise.Written 18 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I went here today and It is a pretty social waterfall. 1 dollar entrance and there's a nice bridge to walk along to get some good photos!Written 29 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This was worth a look while in Banlung. It's about 11km from Banlung and I got a tuk tuk to take me around to acouple of waterfalls and the lake. Can get some great photos here.Written 29 January 2022
- The Cha Ong waterfall is about 8.7km from Ban Lung, near Cha Ong village. It’s the most visited of the waterfalls around Ban Lung and probably our favourite of the lot. To get to Cha Ong waterfall, head west on the main road out of town and take the right turn a few hundred metres after the bus station. Go along this road for about 6km until you reach the waterfall.
Sometimes the journey to a place is just as delightful as the destination itself and with the Cha Ong waterfall, this is certainly the case. We were captivated by the beautiful undulating landscapes that we witnessed on the way out to this waterfall. When you reach the waterfall after descending down a slope, you can walk into the space behind the waterfall and observe the green forest through a curtain of fine mist and falling water.
Do check out our in-depth guide to Banlung on our website to know more of this waterfall and other places of interest in Banlung. Website link given in the profile.
Written 25 March 2019
- Come to Banlung don't miss a nice place to stay at Country Home. It's very quiet place 1km to waterfall.Written 4 January 2020
- Unfortunately there is very little fauna left in and around the park. On a nightwalk trough the jungle we crossed the path of 4 "hunters" and they were the only living creatures we saw. The pools are nice for a dive and sleeping in the hammocks is fun.Written 21 December 2016
- 20 km from the town in a dusty bumpy road to swim in the middle of a lot of tourists, aluminium cans and plastics , mass tourism attraction, no respect of the natural environment in flagrant, short term vision of development , cutting all the antic forest to plant caoutchouc trees , the deforestation is eating the last trees around the place, remaining just few around the river for deco and shadow , the place was probably exceptional but it s not the case anymore . Very disappointing .Written 10 March 2019
- Me and a friend did a three day, two night forest trek with Kimi and Cho as our guides. We stayed in tree lodge the night before which was a lovely stay - with a delicious dinner with the family in the evening and a good breakfast to set us up before the trip! The trek was amazing, we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Kimi and Cho were really kind and considerate, making sure we had everything we needed, including delicious vegetarian food cooked from scratch and taking breaks when we needed.
Kimi spoke excellent English and was really knowledgeable about the forest telling us about the trees and animals living there. Him and Cho even collected some bamboo shoots and other plants for us to try as well as sharing their rice wine with us! It was an amazing experience. Very well organised and safely run, a real adventure!
Horng was excellent as well giving us lots of information before the trip via email and welcoming us to tree lodge.
Thank you all so much for the unforgettable trip!
Lou and BenWritten 18 September 2022
- We had an amazing time on the three day hike with Sakal as a fantastic English-speaking guide. He was friendly and relaxed, and it was great hearing about local life in the different minority groups and some traditional songs on top of everything he told us about the jungle. Local rangers Yean and Kampar were so hard-working and thanks to them we were able to see gibbons, civet and hornbills. Kampar's cooking deserves a mention too! It was definitely worth the extra day to get deeper into the National Park. We spoke to other travellers at our guesthouse who did the two day trek with other companies, and it sounds like we were able to see a lot more. Some groups share the same campsites, whereas we were really out on our own, and had a very nice basic camp set up each night (bamboo shower was one of the best showers I have ever had). It was a tough walk but worth every step.Written 6 January 2023
- We did a 3 D 2N jungle trek in Virachey National park, which included hiking through the jungle, sleeping in the jungle in hammocks, swimming in a beautiful river, making a raft, rafting and sleeping at a local homestay. We had an amazing time with our guide Blanket and ranger Proyt. Both grew up in the jungle, Blanket his English was very good and Proyt knew a lot about the plants and trees we crossed. The tour is not rushed so you have time to enjoy the nature at your own pace. The trek really takes you into the national park. If you stay at the homestay of the family of Proyt, make sure to ask for the short trek to the viewpoint in the morning, because the view was breathtaking.Written 19 January 2023
- The most professional team that can set up group for the jungle trek. Their office is located at The Green Carrot restaurant where every tourist who come to Banlung hang out and eat there, cheap food and inexpensive. The manager Seayeen speak good English and very good at finding us the group to redruce the price. We had a fantastic two day and one night hike with them. Everyone should check this place out!
Thanks Lucky ToursWritten 31 October 2022
- We just had one day and Smey created a very special tour for us, where we could combine everything we wanted to discover. Very impressive were the gem minings. Also his home stay is great.Written 8 December 2022
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