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Champasack Province Info
Community-based Ecotourism Highlights in Champasak Province

Xe pian Protected Area
Xepain NPA was established to conserve biodiversity and is considered to one of the most important areas in Indochina, particularly for its many species of large mammals and water birds.@Its waterbirdsinclude the critically endangered Giant Ibis and White-winged wood duck, and the other globally threatened species like White shouldered Ibis, Sarus Crane and Lesser adjutant, which may still visit Kiet Ngong march. Although Rhinoceros, Kouprey, Eid’

Deer…Xep-Ian has a long list of species, including 62 mammal 334 birds, 44 reptiles, 21 amphibians and 176 fish but many group are still a little know. Almost 10,000 people live with Xepain and close to 50.000 within 5 km of its boundary, many practicing traditional agriculture and collecting forest plants to supplement their diet. They benefit from the biodiversity of the area and are called upon to mountain it for future generations.
 

Ban Kiet Ngong and Phou Asa Mountain
The Suay village of Ban KietNgong (12km east of Rte13) in Patunphone district is one of the last places in Southern of Laos. The Elephant trek typically goes to the summit of a hill called Phou Asa named for a 19th-century war hero who fought against the Siamese. From the flat hill crest there is a good view of village pond and rice fields below you also explore the remains of a bizarre assemblage of stone on the top of the hill. The slate-brick columns mounted by lipped slabs sat and about 2m high and are arranged in a semi-circle some local say the pillars date from 19th century and we possibly built in deference of the area. The origins of the site are clouded by legend, speculation and many years of war.

Booking an Elephant ride
It is best to book an elephant ride in advance. The simplest way to do this is to book through a tour company or Eco-guide Unit Service in tourism Department in Pakse office Tel/Fax: +856-31-254202, 212021. If you are travelling to village on your own, without a guide or tour company, you can visit tourism office in Pakse or in Champasak district and ask for help to contact the village as elephant might be out in the forest or fields doing elephant things.

 

Accommodation in Kiet Ngong
There are three choices of accommodation in Kiet Nong (1) Sleeping huts operated by the village, which sleep two and overlook the wetland, (2) Home-stay with local families, (3) the king fisher Eco-lodge, located just 1km of wetland outside the village, which offers luxury bungalow overlooking the wetland.

 

Direction to Ban Kiet Ngong
From Pakse, take Route 13 south to km 48 tern left at km (Look for the sign pointing the way to Attape and Xepain NPA). Follow the dirt road 8km down, until you see the sign on where you turn right. The village is just a one kilometer to Kiet Ngong where you turn right. The village is just a one kilometer from turn off.

 

Ta ong trail-Jungle (2day trek)
This start from the village (Palai bok) future down the road from Ban Papho and one is of the more remote experience in Xe pian NPA. During this 2days trek you will explore the protected area’s diverse forests with knowledgeable village guide(s), who will teach you about its many medicinal plants and non-timber forest products and point out signs of wild life (tracks, scat and habitat). This trek provides a unique overnight stay at ethnic Lavae village Ban Taong’s community guesthouse. On the second day get up early and take a walk to nearby forest with local guide to listen to the sound of birds, squirrels and to possibly hear to song –like calls of the endangered Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbons (weather permitting). In the afternoon you will finish your journey by riding canoes (water levels permitting) down the Ta Earng Rive, which has a good variety of colorful birds, bamboo forest, and monkeys, too.

Highlights:

  • Take along trail from Phalaibok.
  • Stay with local family or eco-lodge
  • Try some forest products used for food, medicines, fuel and other purposes
  • Visit the school in Ta ong village

Guidelines:

  • Please ask before taking photographs.
  • Do not give anything to children as this practice encourages begging.
  • Do not bath or sleep with nothing on.
  • Men and women are not allowed to sleep in the same room, even if they married, this a strict taboo with serious consequences for villagers
 

3 or 4days Camping Explore
Camping is a new activity in Xe pian NPA with trails to take you deep into the jungle far away from the village and is best for those who would like to chance to experience old grown forests and signs of wildlife. Those who choose camping programs should be in good  condition and ready for adventure as the area is wild an remote all camping tours require that you travel with a local guide, available from Kiet Ngong village or by booking tour with Eco-guide Unit Service in Pakse Tourism Department.

 

More details:
Ø       Day (1) : Depart Pakse early morning (6:30-7:00 am) drive for Kiet Ngong village.

  • Hike deep into the jungles of Xe pain NPA with local guides. Have a picnic of Lao food under the cool shade of the thick forest.
  • Total walking time is +7Hours (22km).

Ø       Day (2): Wake up to the calls of gibbons (depending on season, weather and luck)

  • Total walking time is 7+Hours (17km).Arrive in Taong village in the late afternoon
  • Stay overnight in the village guesthouse or community lodge, Dinner on local food prepared by the village cooking group.
  • Optional: Listen to traditional Brau gong music.

Ø       Day (3): After breakfast in the village, depart on a trek to the bat cave (tam chai) for spectacular views of Xe pian (Total walking time is 2.5+Hours 5km).

  • Arrive in Nong Ping Village located along Ta Earng River, where you will have Lunch prepare by village cooking group.
Take village canoes down to Ta Earng River (2Hours), which is good for bird watching and possibly seeing large tailed macaques. 
 

Booking Camping & Ta Ong Trial
he Ta ong trail is very remote (approximately 80 km south of Pakse) and required the assistance of a tour company or certified guide. It always required that you be accompanied by a guide. This can be booked at office in Pakse at Eco-guide Unit Service –Tourism Department Tel/Fax: +856-31-212 021,254 202 or Mobile phone call: +856-20-56764144 and to explore our website activities as: www.xepian.org

 

DonDaeng Island and Community lodge
Don Daeng is the island across from Wat Phou Champasak. You can stay overnight on the island in the community lodge, which has two common rooms, a bathroom and an eating area. Villagers will prepare traditional Lao food for you. In the island you can swim in the Mekong, relax on the beach or rent a bike to go around the island.

Details: From the boat port at Ban Moung village hire a small boat to take you to Don Daeng Island, the community –guesthouse is one of the northern tips of the island. Reservations for the lodge can be madeat the Tourism Department office in Champasak District or Eco-guide Unit Service Information centre in Pakse
 

BAN SPAI VILLAGE & DON KHO ISLND AND COMMUNITY LODGE-GUESTHOUSE
Don kho and Ban spai are located in the island the original capital of Champasak Province during the French colonial period and is today a quiet and peaceful island best known for its silk and cotton weaving. The village has community lodge located next to the community forest and beaches of Mekong. Don kho is great place to relax, stay overnight, learn how to weave and learn about southern Lao culture.

Getting there: Hike a tuktuk or motorbike from Dao Heuan market, center of Pakse town, to Ban sphai (16km). From Ban sphai hike a boat across the Mekong River to Don kho Island.

PHOU XIENG THONG PROTECTED AREA AND KONG MOUNTIAN TREK
Kong Mountain is located inside Phou Xieng Thong National protected Area is known for its wild orchids, rocky outcroppings, cultural and religious sites as well as stunning views of Laos and Thailand. A day hike to Phou Xieng Thong is a moderate 4-6 hours.  A two-hour walk to 'Hin kong ' (Fish basket rock) and back is also possible. During the trek , you can visit a cave where two nuns lives peaceful harmony with nature, learn about plants and orchids and see ancient remain of a former Khmer kingdom locally guides, tour available from Ban Mai Sing Sam Phanh village or tourism Department Eco- guide Unit Service in Pakse Office in formation center.

 

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