Ancient Aran City

4 days 3 nights | Vientiane, Khammouane

Leave the busy roads and cityscapes behind to trek through caves and along rivers to discover a land of untold beauty.

  • Embark on a local-style riverboat ride through the limestone karst landscape of southern Laos.
  • Enjoy a warm welcome by local villagers who are eager to share the stories of their homeland.
  • Cruise in a longtail boat through a natural tunnel, emerging on the other side of the mountain.
  • Explore the ruins of the Ancient City of Aran while learning about its mysterious history.


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What to Expect:

Immerse yourself in untouched, spectacular and always enchanting natural landscapes of Laos. Board a riverboat in Hin Boun and journey into the high limestone outcrops of the Hin Boun Natural Biodiversity Conservation Area. Here, catch sights of clouded leopards, civet cats, and even tigers in a landscape of orchids, cycads, and intriguing epiphytes. Upon arrival at a riverside village, refresh in the cool waters and meet with local families. The villagers in the region are said to live their lives around the history and mystery of the ruins of Aran. After sharing cultural traits and stories and learning to appreciate a very foreign way of life, follow a path leading through a 1km cavernous track through a mountain to the other side. On reaching the opening a secluded valley appears, the site where the Ancient City of Aran once stood. Search the overgrown ruins and learn about their mysterious history as we delve into a hidden era of Southeast Asia’s history.