2-Day Phou Khao Khouay Adventure

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 2 Days

tour highlights

  • Take a boat ride on the Nam Mang river
  • Trek through the lush greenery of Phou Khao Khouay
  • Admire the beautiful sister waterfalls of Tad Xay and Pha Xay
  • Enjoy lunch by the Tad Leuk Waterfall
  • Observe unique flora and fauna

tour details

Trek through the idyllic Phou Khao Khouay and see the contrasting landscapes of this nature reserve.

Transfer from Vientiane to Ban Hatkhai and then take a 1-hour longtail boat ride upstream on the Nam Mang before continuing along a smaller tributary called the Houay Xai. Begin a 2-hour hike through an evergreen canopy and stop at a magnificent pair of waterfalls, Tad Xay and Pha Xay, along the way. These waterfalls are particularly beautiful during and after the rainy season. The Tad Xay Waterfall is special in that it has a pool in which visitors can swim. A picnic lunch will be served during the trek.
Approximately: 2 ½ hours transfer/1 hour boating/ 2 hours trekking

Notes: In the dry season, the longtail boat is unable to access the Houay Xai Stream. Instead, it will continue further up the Nam Mang and drop visitors off at another starting point on the river bank. This trek will be approximately three hours long. Afterward, check into accommodations at a local homestay.
After an early breakfast, transfer to the Tad Leuk Waterfall, a local tourist attraction amidst mixed deciduous forest. A permanent exhibit at the visitor centre provides information on the flora and fauna of the NPA. Markers along the Tad Leuk Nature Trail also provide interesting botanical details to visitors.
Have lunch at Tad Leuk and then follow a trekking path along the Nam Leuk to the Tad Sang (Elephant) Waterfall, another idyllic place for bathing and relaxation. This trail is particularly beautiful because it is heavily populated by orchids, especially during the wet season.
Approximately: 3 hours transfer/ 4 hours trekking

At the end of the trek, return to Vientiane by songthaew and arrive at your hotel.


  • Accommodation in shared double/twin room with air conditioning (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= Breakfast, L= Lunch & D= Dinner
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking guides in private air conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Mineral water available in the vehicles


  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Laos (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lao Pimai (New Year)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditures, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities, etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking or when available
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme


Upon request, a licensed French, German, Spanish or other language-speaking guide can accompany participants for the whole duration of the trip at an additional cost.

Tour code: VTETPKK2

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