Xe-Pian National Protected Area

Trekking at Xe Pian Protected Area

Embrace your adventurous spirit in Xe Pian National Protected Area. This rich and sensitive ecosystem covers 2,400km2 and is one of Laos’s most important biological areas, home to rare wildlife, large water birds, wetlands and lowland forests.

Trekking here means you also support ecotourism and sustainable development for the local people. Hike through the forest, or simply relax, kick back and relish the serenity.

At Ban Kiet Nong village at the edge of the wetlands, you will find a window to authentic Lao rural life. Only 1,000 people live here in traditional houses and work on subsistence farming and fishing.

See and do:

  • Trek through the forest with a local guide and spot birds and wildlife
  • Visit the village of Ban Kiet Ngong

Food and drink:

Tours provide food and bottled water. It is advised to bring your own snacks. There are a few local restaurants in Ban Kiet Nong.

How to get there:

Ban Kiet Nong is 57km South of Pakse. You can travel by a songthaew (local bus) that leaves Pakse from the Southern Bus Station at km8 daily and heads to the 4000 islands on Rt 13, get off at Km 48 at Ban That Beng village. From there travel east along the dirt road, Route 18 for 7km and then turn right at the signpost for Kiet Ngong, which is a further 1.5km down the road. You can also arrange private transport with travel agents in Pakse.

Organised for you:

There are 1-4 day treks available in Xe Pian. They should all be undertaken with a local guide. To book, visit the Tourist Information Office in Pakse or directly book with Kiet Nong and Pha Pho villagers, Kingfisher Ecolodge, Green Discovery or other local tour companies.