Jul 26, 2012

The splendor Phou Khao Khouay

Locals and travelers can enjoy a relaxing time with a weekend trip to one of the jewels of Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area in Borikhamxay province, Laos.

Tad Xay waterfall
Tad Xay waterfall
From Threeland Travel's Blog - July 2012

Tad Xay waterfall

This site starts with a seven tier drop of about 30 meters where water flows as if going down a massive flight of steps. This waterfall is called Tad Xay and flows from the crystal clear waters of the Houay Xay stream. From there the water curves to the left through a picturesque small valley just before running 800 meters downstream over a 50 meters drop into a breathtaking forested gorge, Pha Xay.

Tad Xay and Pha Xay are considered to be the most spectacular waterfalls in the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area. People come here to picnic, to see the orchids, to go for a swim at the foot of the falls, and take a boat ride. On a fine day you can see white orchids set against the verdant backdrop of the Pa Khamkhiew (‘the green forest’).

The site has been open to guests since 2003 and is now popular with visitors who like adventure. October to April is the best time to visit Tad Xay and Pha Xay before the waters become too turbulent. Park authorities in collaboration with donor agencies have been promoting Tad Xay as part of a guided camping site and home stay with the residents of nearby Hat Khai village.

Tourists are also provided a chance to explore the area with local villagers who have been trained as guides. The trips are aimed at promoting ecotourism and conservation, and maintaining an environmental balance. Some people can be seen canoeing upstream to the most navigable point. Then they trek north for two hours to reach the falls. Boats are available at the villages of Hat Khai and Houay Leuk.

City dwellers should take time off one weekend to come here to absorb the smell of nature and get to know the area on foot. So come and immerse yourself in this calming place and discover a special experience on the doorstep of Vientiane.

Visitors can reach Houay Xay directly from Vientiane starting with a left turn shortly before entering Thabok (at Km 90 on Road 13 south). Next go towards Houay Leuk village (5 Km). Then follow the road signs that say “National Park”. After crossing the metal bridge over the Nam Leuk turn right after 1 kilometer. A further 2 kilometers on, you’ll pass another small village, Hat Khai, which is the “gateway” to the park.

If you have deep interest in this eco-tourism site, please visit Threeland Travel Indochina and contact us. We ensure you a chance to access the best travel services. 


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