The Xebang Fai Safari

GDL-Khammouane-nature-4This trip takes us through the Hin Namno National Protected Area. Spend a day exploring a cave and another day hiking to a deafening waterfall. You will get to see the forest, the wildlife and the people who live in the forest!

(3 days long tail boat, kayaking, trekking. dry season)

Day 1: Thakhek > Pakphanung > Nongping

This morning, we depart from Green Discovery’s Thakhek office and take a 4 hours drive on an unpaved road through a landscape of limestone mountains. We stop for lunch at the boat landing at Pak Thung.

After lunch, we get on a local motor boat for the 2 hours trip passing forested karsts on the Xe Bang Fai River. We arrive in the village of Ban Tham Namlort at about 5pm and settle into the village lodge. We then take a walk to explore the village.

Approximately: 4  hours transfer, 2 hours long tail boat

Day 2: Ban Nongping > Xe Bang Fai Cave >  Camp Site

After breakfast at 8 am, we paddle in our inflatable kayaks steadily upstream  through 5 rapids to the XebangFaiCave. We paddle into the cave, where we will have time to explore the cave and see the stalactites and stalagmites. We then paddle on through the cave for 11 Km to the other side of the cave for a picnic lunch then return the same way to our camp on the beach at the mouth of the cave.

Approximately: 7 hours kayaking

Day 3: Camp Site > Thakhek

We rise early to enjoy breakfast. At 8 am we then kayak for 500 meters to where a tractor will take us for 1 hour to the starting point of our trek. The trek is a 2 hours jaunt through an easy old forest filled with birds to a very large waterfall in the Hin Namno National Protected Area. Picnic lunch is served at the waterfall. We then walk back to the trail head where the pick-up will be waiting to take us back to Thakhek.

Approximately: 15 minutes kayaking, 1 hour tractor, 4 hours trekking, 4 hours transfer

Seasons: The trip is best in the dry season from October to May.

Depart From :
Green Discovery Laos, Thakhek office
Returns to :
Green Discovery Laos, Thakhek office
Province visited :
Starts at :
finishes at :
Nb of days :
3 Days
Reference :
3 - moderate to difficult
Meals :
Picnic, Lao Food
Transport :
Private Local truck or "Songtheow"
Activities :
Kayaking, Trekking, Slow Boat Trip
Accommodation :
Best In :
Dry season
What to bring :
Hat, Sun-cream, Clothes/shoes to get wet, Sarong for bathing, Mosquito repellent, Change of clothes for the evening, Torch
What is included :
Water, Meals, English speaking guide, Local guide/s, Accommodation, Bridges' and cave fees, Transport as mentioned above, Government taxes, All entrance fees, Travel permits

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Mon, 23rd March , 2020
The Xebang Fai Safari
3 days