Regions & Routes

Thapabath Paradise

Ban Na & The Elephant Tower

A short trek delivers you to the tower, which rises above the forest, and overlooks a saltlick and stream that attracts wild elephants in the evening hours. Though there is no guarantee you’ll see one, over the years, villagers have reported spotting herds of up to 40 pachyderms –but groups of five to 15 are more common. You can also sign up for a trek to the Nam Hi River, Tad Long Waterfall, or more distant 40m high Tad Fa.

Wats that Wow

Two of Bolikhamxay’s most remarkable attractions: a giant Buddha footprint, as well as the site of the once-a-year mysterious appearance of the “Naga Fireballs”.


In 1933, locals discovered a 2m Buddha footprint near an old stupa, and built Wat Phabath around it –decorating the walls with colourful murals. Over the decades people have stopped for good luck by placing coins or gold leaf on the phabath (Buddha footprint).

Across the highway, Wat Tha Phonsane sits on the knoll of sprawling green Mekong Riverside grounds. The temple is known as the Lao vantage point for the annual Bang Fai Phayanak Festival during October’s full moon, well coloured balls pop from the Mekong’s surface –flying 10 to 15m up into the air. Legend holds that the naga serpent king, Phayanak, fires a salute to Buddha at the end of Buddhist Lent.

The Waterfalls of Phou Khao Khouay

Enjoy spectacular waterfalls in pristine nature or trek alongside rapids to a calm swimming hole, natural waterslides, and boat rides in the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area. About 90 minutes from Vientiane, the turnoff to PKK is at km 90, just before Thabok Town, takes you to Hadkai, which offers homestays and treks to the Pha Xai, Tad Xai, and Tad Leuk waterfalls. You also can easily drive, hike, and camp on your own.

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.