KHOUN KONG LENG LAGOON
This is where we will discover the clearest water with big fish. Three days explores the major attractions of the Phou Hin Boun Protected Area, including the Limestone Forest, Tham Pa Chan and Tham Kainao Caves, Muang Pone Stupa, Khoun Kong Leng Lake and Khon Keo rapids. Trained local eco-guides will teach us about local plants and animals. An overnight stay in a remote village will offers us an opportunity to learn about traditional livelihoods, local food, a Baci ceremony as well as cultural performance.
Day 1: Thakhek - Ban Na - Ban Phounthong
Departure from Tha Khek, we drive east into the Phou Hin Boun Protected Area. A stop is made along the way to visit Tha Falang, a scenic river area. On arrival at Ban Na village, we join the village guides before following the Nam Don River visiting the caves, swimming holes and a historic stupa. Along the way, we’ll also learn about local plants and animals. Lunch is served on the trail at a resurgence cave.
In the late afternoon, we arrive in a village where we will stay overnight. There is time to explore the village and observe the community's daily life. In the evening, the villagers will cook dinner for us and organize a traditional Baci ceremony and cultural performance.
Approximately: 2 ½ hours transfer/ 5 hours trekking
End of 1 day tour: We return to Thakhek from Nakue (Approximately: 2 ½ hours transfer)
Day 2: Ban Phounthong - Ban Nakue - Khoun Kong Leng lagoon
Following breakfast, we continue the trek through mountain and bamboo forests to Na Kue village for lunch.
After lunch, we continue trekking to the untouched Khoun Kong Leng Lake for relaxing and swimming. Afterward, we set up our camps on the beach of this beautiful lagoon, where we spend the night.
Returning to Na Kue village for lunch, we'll take a “lod Thai “tractor ride, which drops us off at the trail head to Khon Keo river. On arrival at Khon Keo rapids in the late afternoon, a short walk will take us to Khon Keo village where transportation is available to return us to Thakhek.
Approximately: 5 hours trekking
End of 2 days tour: We return to Thakhek from Nakue (Approximately: 2 ½ hours transfer)
Day 3: Khoun Kong Leng lagoon - Ban Nakue - Thakhek
After breakfast, we take a short walk to the kayak starting point nearby Na keu village and have orientation on the kayaks. We then start paddling down Nam Pakan River. After one hour kayaking, we arrive to Ban Khon Keo for a short visit. Kayak about one and a half hour, we stop to visit a cave and then come back for a swim on the clear refreshing river before having a picnic lunch.
After lunch, kayak passes a few rapids (depending on the river level). Along the way, note the rock formations, one in particular looks like the head of an eagle. See who can be the first to spot it! Enjoy the rest of this kayaking cruise until we get to our pull out point at the Nam Pakan Bridge. We pack our gear for a transport back to Thakhek.
Approximately: 30 minutes.