XE PIAN NPA & BAN KHIET NGONG
Xe Pian NBCA is a national protected area which was established to conserve biodiversity. Xe Pian NPC is considered one of the most important home for its many species of wetland fauna and flora. With 50km to the south of Pakse district, it shares the large parts of border with Cambodia. The 2,400 km2 park is home to threaten animals of Asian elephant, tiger, Asian black bear, dhole, Siamese crocodile…
Xe Pian NBCA
Eco-tourism is available in this area crossing Kiet Ngong village with many special activities of bird watching, elephant riding or day trekking to Phou Asa archaeological site. Some water birds include the vanishingly rare Giant Ibis and White-winged Wood-Duck which may still visit Kiet Ngong marsh. Biological surveys in Xe Pian have produced a long list of species, including 62 mammals, 334 birds, 44 reptiles, 21 amphibians and 176 fish, but many groups are still little known.
Almost 10,000 people live within Xe Pian and close to 50,000 within 5 km of its boundary, many practicing traditional agriculture and collecting forest plants to support their diet. They benefit from the biodiversity of the area and are called upon to maintain it for future generations.
Ban Khiet Ngong
Ban Khiet Ngong is ideal for eco-friendly types and has a developing tourist infrastructure which is not overbearing. It is part of the Xe Pian National Protected Area, 24,000 square kilometres of wildlife and forests reaching through Champasak and Attapeu provinces to the border with Cambodia.
It is famous for the beauty of the landscape and novelty of the elephant treks. Moreover, the area is rife with birdlife, but also larger mammals like the Asian black bear and yellow-cheeked crested gibbon. Another “tourist friendly” place in town is Kingfisher Eco Lodge.
While there is no public transport along this road, experienced motorcyclists may want to give it a go. Besides, you can take a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal in Pakse for Veun Kham and get off at the crossroads for Ban Khiet Ngong. Shared taxis then run to Ban Khiet Ngong. The nearest airport is Pakse International Airport in Pakse.
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