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National Protected Areas

Phou Khao Khouay

Location:

Vientiane Province.

Area:

2,000 sq. km

Ecotourism Activities Available:

Elephant observation, trekking, kayaking, village home stay, bird watching.

Key Species:

White-cheeked gibbons, elephants and green peafowl.

Habitat:

Dry evergreen and mixed deciduous forest. Also large stands of coniferous forest in association with extensive fire-climax grasslands. The Nam Leuk reservoir covers 1,280 hectares at the height of the wet season.

Access:

The western portion of the protected area is located 65 km from Vientiane by road. Driving from Vientiane, travel northwards up Route 10 until Ban Napheng at KM 54. At this village turn right along a dirt road, and travel five kilometres to the boundary checkpoint. The road climbs 9 kilometres up to the plateau, passing Tad Sang waterfalls on the way; note that the road is quite steep and rocky. Continue through the pine forests to reach Phou Khao Khouay waterfalls and the two Hmong communities of Ban Phou Khao Khouay and Ban Vang Hua. Pha Gnoy and Tad Tan are located close to Ban Vang Hua.


To get to the eastern portion of the protected area, travel along Route 13 southwards until KM 92, at Ban Palai. Turn left and drive 11 km until the reserve checkpoint. This road, commonly known as the Thabok - Muang Hom road, bisects the park in two and continues over the top of the plateau and into Long Xan District of Khet Phiset Xaisomboon (meaning the Special Zone). This route provides access to Tad Leuk, Tad Xay and the Nam Leuk reservoir.



Nam Kading

Location:

Bolikhamxay Province.

Area:

1,690 sq. km

Ecotourism Activities Available:

None yet.

Key Species:

Elephant, gaur, giant muntjac, gibbons, sooty babbler and rufous-throated fulvetta, river lapwing, wreathed and great hornbills and large otters.

Habitat:

Mostly dry evergreen/semi-evergreen forest on high relief terrain (500 m -1200 m) with some areas of mixed deciduous. The Nam Kading valley is dominated by broadleaf evergreen forests with a high density of large trees. Forest shows high species diversity with 83 tree species recorded in a sample of 428 individuals from two areas.

Access:

Route 13 south and Route 8A skirt the southern and southeastern boundaries. There are no roads within the NPA and the rivers are not navigable. Steep, often precipitous slopes mean that access to most areas is only by foot and arduous.

Hotels & restaurants



Xokbounma Hotel, Tel: +856-54-790995.
Many Xokxay Hotel, Tel: +856-20-55552333.
Paksane Hotel, Tel: +856-20-91333444.
Vilaisack Hotel, Tel: +856-54-212215.
Xaysavang Hotel, Tel: +856-54-791333.
Seng Houng Heung Hotel, Tel: +856-20-22803399.
Phonethip Hotel, Tel: +856-20-22338973.
Phouthavong Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341186.
Souliya Hotel, Tel: +856-20-55203237.
Viengthong Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341111.
Xaithong Hotel, Tel: +856-20-77790733.
Xaiyo Hotel, Tel: +856-54-341074.

Bounxou Restaurant, Tel: +856-54-680046.
Onlyone Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-22335246.
Saikhong Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-22102555.
Thongsalom Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55953063.
Khoukhanna Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55853952.
Pa phai Entertainment, Tel: +856-20-55753000.
Thepphachan Entertainment, Tel: +856-54-212303.
Xaep E Lee Restaurant, Tel: +856-20-55652213.