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Daily river life, Hin Boun, Laos

Hin Bun River Trip

Guests are collected from their hotel and driven into the stunning National Biodiversity Conservation Area of Phu Hin Bun. Covering over 1,500 sq km of stunning countryside, this is an unspoilt wilderness of bubbling streams, primary monsoon forests, striking karst limestone outcrops and isolated rural villages. It is also home to a number of endangered fauna such as the douc and Francois' langurs.

The Hin Bun River (Nam) runs right through this area and is perfect for boat trips, though this can be restricted in dry season due to water levels.

The day begins with a two-hour drive into the heart of the park where you will visit Tham Pha (Buddha Cave). Legend has it that this cave was discovered in June 2004 by a local man hunting bats. The collection of gold, silver and bronze Buddha images (229 in all) and palm leaf manuscript texts are thought to date back to the 13th century. As many of the manuscripts are in Khmer it is thought they date back to the famous Angkor period in Cambodia.

From the cave you drive through the scenic park to the small village of Naphouk, where you board a boat for a journey downriver to your overnight accommodation. It is a very leisurely ride and you will have plenty of opportunity for photography along the way. You will also stop en route to visit a few local villages and to take lunch.

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