submit to reddit GoNOMAD Travel          Instagram
Three Southeast Asian Tours
You Can Do on Your Own

Thailand for the Birds

Avid birders and animal watchers alike shouldn’t miss a trip to Phu Kradung (Bell Mountain) National Park, near the border of Laos and the Thai town of Loei, considered the most beautiful in Thailand. Prolific orchids, temperate, tropical and evergreen forests are home to 130 bird species including the brown hornbill, large scimitar babbler, maroon oriole and snowy-browed flycatcher.

Elephants, Asiatic black bears and sambar barking deer in the park, but walkers and trekkers are more likely to catch a glimpse of wild pig, Asian wild dog or a white-handed gibbon.

Information, restaurants, porters, equipment rental and accommodations are all available from the park station Information Center at Sithan, at the base of the mountain.

Ancient Thailand in an Afternoon

Muang Boran (the Ancient City), 15 miles (25 km) southeast of Bangkok, claims to be the world’s largest outdoor museum. Yet, it goes largely unnoticed by foreign travelers.

A wealthy Bangkok citizen who wanted the less affluent to be able to know and appreciate the rich culture and heritage of the Thai kingdom created the park for the Thai people. At a cost of $200 million, he constructed scaled-down replicas of Thailand’s regionally typical wats (temples) and palaces. These appear in the 50-hectare park appropriately within a mini-map of the country.

Take a city bus directly from Bangkok to Muang Boran or sign up for a guided tour from Bangkok. Open 7 days a week, 8AM-6PM.

  • Spontaneous Spelunking

Vang Vieng, 100 miles (160) km north of Vientiane is famous for it’s limestone sinks, ravines, underground streams and caves, is a great place to take in typical Laotian countryside and to explore the karstic scenery. Vang Vieng is not a major tourist stop (the town didn’t even have electricity until 1992), but has nice accommodations. Caves lie on the west bank of the Nam Song River.

Hire a non-motorized fishing pirogue (pole boat) to take you across the river, and head for the hills. There are a number of caves within walking distance, and information and maps are available in Vang Vieng at guesthouses and restaurants. Explore the honeycombed tunnels and caverns on your own, or hire a local guide. Caves are accessible June-November.

View GoNOMAD's Photo Galleries From Around the World

Basque Country
Brazil's Pantanal
Harley Davidson Rally



Latin America



Pacific Coast Highway
Paris Underground Art

Richmond, Virginia
San Miguel de Allende
Sri Lanka

Taos, New Mexico
Tracking in New Jersey
Tunisia's Douz Festival
West of Ireland

Read Our GoNOMAD Writer Profiles:

Kent St. John

David Rich

Max Hartshorne

Sony Stark

Paul Shoul

Tim Leffel

Cindy-Lou Dale

Kelly Westhoff

Mirdula Dwivedi

Around The World
Airline Tickets


Southeast Asia

A Tips for Travel to Southeast Asia By Kent St. John, GoNOMAD Senior Travel Editor A
Top Alternative Transportation Pi cks in Southeast Asia By Marie Javins, GoNOMAD
Photo by Marie Javins. A Alternative Travel Picks in Southeast Asia By Nicole
From Touring to Learning: Alternative Travel in Southeast Asia By Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter When
Alternative Transportation in Southeast Asia By Marie Javins, GoNOMAD TRANSPORTS
Southeast Asia is about the perfect place for a sail! Sail Away from the Crowds
Off-The-Beaten-Path in Southeast Asia By Peta Bassett, GoNOMAD DESTINATIONS CORRESPONDENT
Tips on Boarding a Night Bus in Southeast Asia - Siem Reap Bangkok local transport. Oliver Jarvis
Three Southeast Asian Tours You Can Do on Your Own By Berne Broudy, GoNOMAD TOUR
, in Southeast Asia, Thais and Laotians are preparing to embrace their water shortages in a style all
in Asia and North America. He currently lives in Phuket, Thailand. Read more about India on GoNOMAD.A
than ever to travel in this fascinating and least well-known country of Southeast Asia. From
and interesting tours in Asia Alternative Travel in Southeast Asia Off the Beaten Path in Southeast Asia
A A Asia Guides A Alternative Travel in Southeast Asia Off the Beaten Path


Tags: storySection: Tours
Location: Asia, Southeast Asia, Thailand
New Travel Articles
amazon ad300x250