Trek Phou Khao Khouay National Park, Vientiane

Routing: Vientiane - Ban Hatkhai Village - Tad Leuk Waterfall - Vientiane

Best Highlights of the tour

  • Beautiful landscape 
  • Tad Leuk Waterfall 
  • Boat trip on Nam Mang River
  • Home-stay experience
The National Protected Area of Phou Khao Khouay is the nearest National Park to Vientiane. Besides some great scenery and beautiful waterfalls, the NPA offers trails through dry evergreen and mixed deciduous forests, numerous waterfalls and rivers. The friendly village of Ban Hatkhai is a good place to learn more about the genuine lifestyle of the Lao Loum people.

Day 1: Vientiane - Ban Hatkhai Village
8:00 am pick up at your hotel in Vientiane and transfer to Ban Hatkhai Village where a long-tail boat brings us up stream of the Nam Mang River. We turn into Houay Xai Stream, one of Nam Mang’s tributaries. After 1-hr boat ride we begin a trek under evergreen canopy.  A picnic lunch is served on the way.
In the afternoon we reach Tad Xay Waterfall and Pha Xay Waterfall. These waterfalls are particularly beautiful during and after the rainy season. Tad Xay is ideal for short refreshment in the natural pools.
After the refreshment we take a songthaew ride to Ban Hatkhai Village where we have dinner and stay overnight in local house.

Transfer: 2.5 hrs
Trekking: 2 hrs
Boating: 1 hr
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Note: In the dry season, we are not able to take long tail boat on Houay Xai stream, so we continue the boat ride up-stream the Nam Mang to meet another trekking starting point on the river bank (3-hrs trek)

Day 2: Ban Hatkhai Village - Tad Leuk Waterfall - Vientiane
After an early breakfast in the home-stay, we will be transferred to the Tad Leuk Waterfall. The Tad Leuk is a local tourist attraction amidst mixed deciduous forest. We spend sometime to visit the Visitor Center where we would be guided to the fauna and flora of the NPA. After the Visitor Center we take a short trek around the sight ang have lunch.
In the afternoon, the trek follows a path along the Nam Leuk to the Tad Sang Waterfall, another idyllic place for bathing and relaxation. Along the way, a large number of orchids can be seen, especially in wet season. From here we drive back to Vientiane.

Transfer: 3 hrs
Trekking: 4 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

• Private transfers by van
• Boat
• Home-stay
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• English speaking guide
• 01 bottle of water per day
• Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
• First-aid kit

Tour Exclusions:

• Visa
• Hotel in Vientiane
• Air-tickets
• Travel insurance
• Tips 
• Personal expenses

Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Group size: 08 persons
Depart from: your hotel in Vientiane
End at: your hotel in Vientiane
When: Year round
Activities: Trekking, River cruise 
Trekking grade: Moderate
Transportation: Private van, boat
Accommodation: Home-stay
Tour guide: English speaking guide
- Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
- Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch

All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. Since we travel away from big towns, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.
Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirement.
Home stay in villages is basic in term of bedding condition and toilet. We will stay overnight in the traditional house of the locals. We will be provided with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets. Toilet could be some steps away from the house.

 ATL tour guide
The tour will be guided by our local tour guides who are experienced in guiding adventure tours. They have been carefully trained in their specialized field. They are also fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, they have been trained in first-aid and they know how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with them.

 The trekking day
A typical trekking day starts at about 8.00 am or 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the distance. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 pm or 5.00 pm. During the trek we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.

 What to bring 
1-2 changes of clothes, sandals for village, good shoes for hiking, sarong for bathing (required for women), warm clothes for the evening (Nov- Mar), mosquito repellent, flashlight, sunscreen/hat, camera. Please wear long pants and shirt with sleeves during the trek.

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

Tour at Glance

Trip Duration:

2 days 1 nights


SightSeeing, Trekking,

Group size:

Min: 1


Max: 8


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  • Day by Day Program:

    Day 1: Transfer and trek to Ban Hatkhai Village
    Day 2: Trek to Tad Leuk Waterfall & Tad Sang Waterfall. Back to Vientiane.

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