Vientiane Province - General Information
Located : About 70 kilometers, north of the capital Vientiane. (Divided from the capital Vientiane in 1983)
Total Area : 15,927 square meters
Population: 350,000

Ang Nam Leuk Reservoir
HTML clipboardThe Nam Leuk reservoir in the center of Phou Khao Khouay nestles amidst lush forest

Ban Na
HTML clipboardThis village on the edge of the protected area offers guided trekking into the nearby bamboo belt and forest. Numerous animal tracks, including those of wild elephants, can be spotted.

Exploring Phou Khao Khouay
HTML clipboardEasily accessible by road and less than 2 hours drive from Vientiane, this 2,000 square kilometer area of mountains, rivers and pristine forests of Phou Khao Khouay offers great opportunities for exploring nature in Laos.

Getting to Phou Khao Khouay
HTML clipboardThe heart of Phou Khao Khouay is perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking, canoeing, biking, wildlife watching and picnicking

Nam Ngum Reservoir
Opportunities exist for boating and picnics on the islands scattered in the Nam Ngum Reserve. Visitors can make their way to Ban Thalad village, Keo-Oudom District which is situated about 80 kilometers from Vientiane

Nong Nok or Bird Lake
HTML clipboardLocation: Located at Ban Sivilay Village, a community-managed birds sanctuary a few kilometers to the west of the park with hundreds of whistling ducks and egrets roosting here..

Phou Khao Khouay - The National Protected Area
HTML clipboardAn extensive sandstone mountain range 40 kilometers northeast of Vientiane is the site of one of Laos’ most beautiful nature reserves. The area encompasses a variety of landscapes and habitats, ranging from sheer sandstone cliffs and pristine river gorges to rough mountainous terrain. Three large rivers and numerous tributaries empty into the nearly Mekong in this area

Salt Extraction Plant
HTML clipboardA village called “Ban Bo” in Thoulakhom District is renowned for its salt extraction. Located some 60 kilometers from the capital Vientiane, the majority of inhabitants earn a part time living by producing salt

Tad Leuk
HTML clipboardThis part of Phou Khao Khouay is already a popular destination for visitors from Vientiane, but is by no means crowded. It offers facilities including a Visitor Center with an exhibition of the fauna to be found in the area, a nature trail and a small restaurant.

Tad Xay and Pha Xay
HTML clipboardTad Xay is arguably the most beautiful waterfall in the park, particularly during the rainy season.

Tad Xet
HTML clipboardNot far from the road, this steep 50-meter high cliff offers panoramic views across to the mountains of Phu Khao Khouay and the adjacent ranges to the north. During October, the flat rocks of the riverbed are studded with orchids and other flowers – a photograph’s paradise.

Vangvieng District
HTML clipboardVangvieng is situated 152 kilometers from Vientiane on Route 13 (north). This small village is set against a backdrop of dramatic Limestone Mountains. Vangvieng is an ideal place to break the long journey from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. Bamboo cabins and guesthouse are both available for those seeking overnight accommodation

Vangxang Cave
HTML clipboardVangxang Cave or Elephant Court is home to the remains of an ancient sanctuary dated over 300 years before the foundation of the Lane Xang Kingdom.

Thoulakhom Zoo
HTML clipboardLocation: Located at Ban Kheun Village in Thoulakhom District, the zoo is about 60 kilometers from the capital Vientiane. Exotic and rare animals from the jungles of Laos are featured in a surprising example of excellent animal management in Southern Asia.

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