Phou Khao Khouay National Park

Attraction Phou Khao Khouay National Park Published on: 13-11-2015

3 hours
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
03:00 AM
Second-time visit
0.00 USD

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Phou Khao Khouay is one of Laos’ most beautiful nature reserves. The diversity of forest types in the area includes evergreen, mixed deciduous, dry dipterocarp and pine.

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Why Phou Khao Khouay National Park is special ?

Phou Khao Khouay is one of Laos’ most beautiful nature reserves. This extensive sandstone mountain range is only 40 kilometres northeast of Vientiane. Lao P.D.R. designated it “National Protected Area” in 1993. This means, that the nature reserves’ forests, wildlife and water are protected by state decree.

Sprawling yet little-visited Phou Khao Khouay National Park is located some 70 kilometres from Vientiane heading towards Tha Khaek and is one of the most accessible of all the protected areas in Laos.

Within its 2,000 square kilometres are several forest types, mountains, a plateau, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Reaching altitudes of 1,671 metres, the park offers a vast array of biodiversity ranging from thick jungle to cool pine forests covered in mist.


What to explore at Phou Khao Khouay National Park?

The park is home to a number of threatened species including tiger, wild elephant and gibbon. It can be split into two distinct areas of interest, each of which is inaccessible from the other within the park.

The southern perimeter is the most popular part of the park for travellers, and is home to lodges, wild elephants and waterfalls. It is from here that you'll have the best chance of doing some trekking and actually seeing something bigger than a butterfly -- quite a bit bigger in fact, as elephants are the most common sight. That said, and as with all visits into protected areas, bear in mind this isn't a zoo and there's no guarantee you'll see anything.

The western part of the park and its surroundings see many fewer visitors, but has some of its own distinctive features and attractions including impressive viewing points overlooking Vientiane plain and an artificial lake. Its rivers are some of the main tributaries into the sprawling Nam Ngum Reservoir midway between Vientiane and Vang Vieng.


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Phou Khao Khouay National Park

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Tips for you

  • The park offers a variety of contrasting landscapes and natural beauty, from evergreen dipterocarp forest to large pine tree stands to extensive bush land and bamboo groves, from sandstone plateaus to steep rough mountain slopes.
    What to see
  • Don’t forget to bring enough food and especially drinking water with you
    What to bring
  • Respect privacy and ask people before photographing.
  • There are no ATM's anywhere in the vicinity and no official money changers. Bring cash and carry it in kip, unless you've already arranged to pay in another currency
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts, long trousers and firm shoes (no flip-flops!
    What to wear
  • Hire a trained and certified guide on longer trekking tours or into unknown territory
  • Stay away from elephants (or other wildlife)! Although these animals are usually peaceful, they are potentially dangerous and may attack even seemingly unprovoked. Do not take any risks
  • Be particularly cautious in running water. Currents may be strong and the depth of holes inside the riverbeds may be underestimated. Use a stick to check the depth if the water appears to be more than knee-deep. Pay special attention to your children
  • Beware of slippery rocks particularly during the wet season and in moist places. Do not climb steep cliffs. Rocks may be loose and slippery
  • Never reach with your hands for something in dark holes, rock crevices etc. Use a stick when necessary
  • There is almost no village inside the park, true Lao rural life can be experienced by visiting some communities right at the edge of the park.
    Things nearby
  • Park your vehicle in the designated areas only. Don’t leave any valuables in your car while absent. The park authorities cannot take any responsibility for damages or losses

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