The Gibbon Experience, Huay Xai

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Explore a mountainous terrain and its indigenous animal life at The Gibbon Experience, known for sheltering the black-cheeked gibbon. In addition to the endangered primate, the reserve's 1,230 sq km (475 sq mi) protect elephants, bears, tigers, and wild water buffalos, among other species. Visit the canopy huts to examine roaming animals from a safe distance, and experience the splendor of the rainforests on a three-hour trek towards a charming waterfall and freshwater pool. Note that the hike requires a reasonable level of fitness; always carry extra water with you. Arrange to visit The Gibbon Experience and other attractions in Huay Xai using our Huay Xai route planning site .
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  • This was hands down the best thing my wife and I have ever done. It was challenging and at times terrifying but we are so glad we did it. We are lucky that we saw gibbons at treehouse number 1 when we...  more »
  • This was 100% the highlight of our visit to Laos. I was so nervous to begin with, imagining all the bugs, spiders and leeches, but it was totally fine. I almost didn't go, but SO glad I did. We did th...  more »
  • We were 2 families with teenage children. The whole experience was fantastic - a good mixture of adventure and nature and something we will never forget - and we saw gibbons :) We were lucky with the ...  more »

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Where to stay in Huay Xai

Not known for its selection of accommodations, Huay Xai offers just a few places to stay nestled up against the Mekong. These options remain basic but welcoming and, more importantly, budget friendly. Most visitors choose to stay across the river in the Thai town of Chiang Khong, which offers a much wider range of accommodations. Others continue directly on to other destinations deeper in Laos.
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