Discover Phou Khao Khouay National Park - Vientiane
Though national parks aren’t always included it every tourist’s itinerary, there is no harm in immersing one’s self in a realm of thick vegetation and local wildlife – especially if they are quite close to the city. Oftentimes, travelers, who do take an interest of the botanic kind, find it quite refreshing to hear the natural noise Mother Nature intended us to hear, and in the city of Vientiane, Laos, the Phou Khao Khouay National Park, has made its name to become the country’s most beloved treasures.
Surrounded in a flurry of different shades of green, this national park was designated as a National Protected area in the year 1993. Stretching over 40 kilometers northeast of the city, it is made up of various types of landscapes – such as sandstones, cliffs, rivers, and mountainous slopes – and a brimming ecosystem that gives its forest life. Treks and overnight stays are allowed, so long as there is a licensed guide who accompanies you in your journey; and the best part of doing so is that visitors will be able to spot numerous creatures such as white-cheeked gibbons, Phayre’s langurs, civets, the green peafowl, and the Malayan night-heron – be it dusk, day, or night.
Trip Guru would like to remind potential visitors to keep in mind that his is a natural park. The country considers Phou Khao Khouay an important part of their nation’s ecosystem and it is your job to keep it as such. Please do your best to keep the surroundings free from waste, and if wildlife is spotted, do not approach them, for they might fight back. Follow your guide at all times, because some of the areas are quite thick and/or slippery, and remember all the rules and regulations, and safety codes that the park abides by.
It will be easier for you to get to Phou Khao Khouay if you ask them to arrange a boat to meet you and the cost of the ride is around (60,000 LAK). You can ride a bus from the morning market (Talat Sao) that has the #19 on it and is colored blue and white. You need to be here 11:00AM sharp! Then, travel all the way to Ban Somsamai (10,000 LAK) and a boat should be waiting for you at the landing.