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“Rollin' rollin' on the riverrrrr!”
Review of Green Discovery

Green Discovery
Ranked #5 of 12 Tours in Vang Vieng
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

If you are the type of person who enjoys an action packed day, then this excusion is definitely for you! It starts of with sitting in a tube and going through a tiny opening into a mountain. Once you’re inside the cave it is completely dark, and the water is slightly cold, yet you can’t help being fascinated by it! The tour is usually about twenty people, and most of them you have never met before, but it is such a great way of getting to know people!

They serve lunch for you, and it is quite good. Fried rice, chicken/vegetable skewers, and baguette… can’t go wrong with that!

Later in the day there is a two and a half kayaking journey down the river. If you are expecting something wild… think again. It’s a slow trip, but the scenery is absolutely amazing! Once you are about half way into the trip you stop at a bar to get a couple of drinks and hang out with the new friends you’ve made, and then after that its just the rest of the kayaking journey home.

If you would like to see some videos from the kayaking and caving tour, feel free to check out www.sophez.com and go to the Laos section. It may help you decide whether the tour is for you!!

Thank Anne Sophie K
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

We took up the Nam Lik Experience day tour from the Green Discovery office in Vientiane and travelled to Nam Lik River for the kayaking. The two-way travelling to the river was rather complicated:

- tuk-tuk from our guesthouse in Vientiane to a local bus station for 15mins
- took a truck (which is a public transport for people and goods) for two hours
- dropped off at a local market and got picked up by the Green Discovery guide and truck; we drove for another 15mins to the river

The whole journey took about 2.5hours one way, so we spent about 5 hours travelling to the river to do about 2.5hours of kayaking. The view of the river was really nice and very tranquil - there was no crowds but only about two groups of small-group of kayakers. It was the dry season so kayaking down the river was manageable, with a couple of rapids to maneuvre around. The guide told us that kayaking during the wet season will be more dangerous due to the high water level, fast currents and high number of whirlpools.

The lunch was a nice surprise - the portions were big with a large loaf of French bread, fried rice and beef kebabs which the guide BBQ-ed for us (and yes, he set up a fire at the rocks where we took the break!)

Would recommend that you spend more than one day for the tour because travelling to the destination already takes up a large bulk of the time. We did not have time for swimming because the guide was indirectly pressuring us to finish the tour towards the end. But if you don't have the time for more than one day, it's a good tour to consider since there is nothing much to do in Vientiane anyway. The cost was USD80 each for two persons but the rate is cheaper when there is a bigger group.

There are no bathrooms at the river, so be prepared to have to change and wipe up behind the bushes. :)

Thank phoebyee
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Had done a day caving, trekking and kayaking trip with them in Vang Vieng in Oct 2013. As most people I decided based on good rating in LP. While the guide was quite nice, the kayaking equipment was totally unsafe. They are using old , worn out and many time repaired hard plastic kayaks (the better one's are the one's filled with air). As the water was not very high we were running over a small rock within minutes, making the kayak leaky as we obviously opened a repaired damage. Of course that led to turning the boat several times, hitting many rocks and the whole thing without helmets!!! And the other kayaks were unfortunately as run down. This combination is really unsafe and I have seen it differently in Laos, Namtha River Experience in Luang Namtha for example uses pump kayaks and helmets making it a safe experience. When I complained I was told that the Green Discovery Manager would get in contact with me, but he didn't in more than 3 months.

3  Thank TamStar2014
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Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

This company is very good. We did the full day kayaking - so memorable. We paddled with the current so it was easy - we stopped & visited two spectacular caves. The day was full of surprises - Meing actually made a small fire by the side of the river and barbecued kebabs for lunch!! Info - wear clothes which dry quickly as they will get wet. I wore long pants & long sleeves in order not to get sunburned with swimmers for underwear - also important to wear good walking sand les for the caves - also good when wet. Recommend 100 percent - enjoy!

Thank Marilyn M
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Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

We took the half day kayaking package and paid a little extra to go as just the two of us rather than in a group.
Kael (?) was our guide and a very pleasant young man with a wide smile and sense of humour. We went in November when the river was largely clear and still had plenty of water. Beautiful scenery through the limestone mountains with a short detour to explore the sleeping cave. We left at 9am which meant we pretty much had the river to ourselves other than the local fishermen. The tube riders tend to start around lunch time so in the afternoon the river gets a lot more crowded and would be no where near as peaceful. The rapids were fast enough to be a little exhilarating but not at all dangerous. The rocks can be sharp and if you have the misfortune (as I did ) to fall out you can have a bang or two as you float down the rapids. The kayaks were a little battered but perfectly serviceable and safe. (Falling out had Nothing to do with the kayak) Really enjoyed this trip and would certainly recommend it.

Thank KaytH3
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