Khong Mountain, located in the 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 Khong is a moderate 4-6 hours. A two-hour walk to “Hin Khong” (Fish Basket Rock) and back is also possible. During the trek, you can visit a cave where two nuns live in peaceful harmony with nature, learn about local plants and orchids, and see the ancient remains of a former Khmer kingdom. Locally guided tours are available from Ban Mai Singsamphanh.
How to get there: The best way to get to Ban Mai Singsamphanh and Khong Mountain is by booking a tour through a local tour company. Contact the Provincial Tourism Office for more information. Alternatively, take a tuk-tuk (hired from the Central Market) to Ban Boungkha village (approximately 40 km north to Pakse), from where you can hire a boat upriver about 1.5 hours to Ban Mai Singsamphanh. Once at Ban Mai, ask the villagers to arrange a guide to take you to Khong Mountain.