Phou Khao Khouay Experience

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed/Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Full Day


  • Trek through the National Protected Area of Phou Khao Khouay
  • See tropical butterflies and unqiue wild orchids
  • Visit a traditional Laos village
  • Ride on a long-tail boat up scenic rivers
  • Admire the incredible waterfalls, Tad Xay and Pha Xay

tour details

Visit one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Laos with a botanical specialist as you trek through incredible scenery and diverse landscapes. There is a stop at Ban Hatkhai, a Lao Loum  village, a long-tail boat trip and a trek to a magnificent pair of waterfalls.

Why choose this tour?

Nature lovers can leave the city behind and enjoy a day exploring the National Protected Area of Phou Khao Khouay (‘Buffalo Horn Mountain’).  

tour description

The National Protected Area of Phou Khao Khouay (‘Buffalo Horn Mountain’) is one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Laos. This is a nature lover’s paradise! We'll explore this diverse area with a botanical specialist to fully appreciate the biodiversity of this region. During the trek, you'll see incredible scenery and diverse landscapes as we follow trails through dry evergreen and mixed deciduous forests and pass beautiful waterfalls and rivers that eventually empty into the Mekong. We'll see tropical butterflies and orchids and you'll learn about the rare large mammals such as deer, bears, tigers and elephants that live in the reserve. We'll then head to the Ban Hatkhai village and learn about the lifestyle of the Lao Loum people. From there, we'll take a long-tail boat up the Nam Mang, before continuing along the Houay Xai, one of its tributaries.

Lunch is at a local restaurant. Finally, we'll trek to a magnificent pair of waterfalls, Tad Xay and Pha Xay. At Tad Xay relax by the waterfall and watch the water cascading over seven steps, the Nam Mang flows a further 800 metres to Pha Xay before plummeting 40 metres into the gorge. After the splendour of the waterfalls we return back to Vientiane.

customise the tour

Extend your stay in Vientiane with:

  • Nam Ngum Lake Experience
  • Vientiane Classic Tour
  • Orchid Trek Experience
  • Extend your holiday with a deeper exploration of southern Laos and the fascinating 4000 Islands region


  • Meals as stated in the programme L= Lunch as program mention.
  • Transfers and tours with your selected guide  in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees and boat fees as mentioned in the programme Mineral water & Cool tower are available on the vehicles.


  • Accommodation in shared double/twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Lao (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lao Pimai (New Year)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Tour code: FPKKEA

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