Photo by Oh! Magazine 

Those on the 3-day trek through the Don Phou Vieng National Protected Area often see the endangered Eld’s deer, silver languars and horn bills, all of which are difficult to spot in Laos.

Four-day treks into the Phou Xang Hae National Protected area take you through rocky mountain ranges, and highlight local Puthai culture and bush survival skills. Shorter 1 and 2-day walks to Dong Na Tad lead to a towering ancient forest, a sacred lake and That Ing Hang stupa.

Preparation of villagers for tourism activities in Savannakhet has been a top priority of the Savannakhet Ecotourism Project. Tours are available through the Savannakhet Guide Association.

Don Phou Vieng National Protected Area

Location: Savanakhet, 1,970 sq km

Ecotourism Activities Available: Trekking

Key Species: Douc and Francois’s langur, elephants, cattle, tigers, pangolin, Oriental pied hornbill, great hornbill, wreathed hornbill and the white-rumped and red-headed vultures.

Habitat: Forest types include evergreen, mixed deciduous, dry dipterocarp forest. Elevation ranges from 200 - 600 m with peaks up to 1,254 m.

Access: Accessible from National Route 9.

Phou Xang Hae National Protected Area

Location: Savanakhet, 1,060 sq km

Ecotourism Activities Available: Trekking

Key Species: Douc and Francois’s langur, elephants, tigers and other big cats, bears and the bar-bellied pitta.

Habitat: Forest types include evergreen, mixed deciduous, dry dipterocarp. The Phu Xang Hae range is dominated by a steep sandstone escarpment, while slopes to the south and the west rise more gently to the plateau. Sandstone outcrops occur throughout the NPA and can be quite extensive.

Access: Accessible from National Route 9.