History, culture, and nature merge in Central Laos. All the provinces present ancient temples, nature trails, and treks to remote ethnic villages, while a modernizing Vientiane Capital manages to maintain its traditional roots. Caves pock its limestone mountains, with some hiding Buddha images. And the rivers and lakes offer natural swimming holes, boat rides, waterfalls, rapids to raft, and a great source of fish to eat. Climb into caves on the Khammouane Loop, trek along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, take the Vang Vieng Challenge, cruise up a canyon river, or relax lakeside in Central Laos.