Elephant at Ban Khiet Ngong - Champasak, Laos

Elephant at Ban Khiet Ngong - Champasak, Laos

Elephant at Ban Khiet Ngong - Champasak, Laos

An elephant in the wetlands around Ban Khiet Ngong, Champasak Province, Laos.

(By Stanislas Fradelizi)


Taken on: 8th November, 2007. Copyright: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License - See whl.travel's page of Flickr

Read more about Ban Khiet Ngong

The quaint, out-of-the-way village of Ban Khiet Ngong is a good example of how the Lao government is trying to develop a smooth-running, ecologically friendly tourist infrastructure that brings much-needed income to remote regions of Laos.

As you enter the village, you'll see an elephant platform on the left, which makes it possible to get on and off the mammoth beasts, and the only other other "tourist friendly" place in town, Kingfisher Eco Lodge, is well-removed from the central area.

A visit here is recommended, not only for the beauty of the landscape and novelty of the elephant treks, but also to support the future of such low-impact development in Laos.

Ban Khiet Ngong 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. The area is rife with birdlife, but also larger mammals like the Asian black bear and yellow-cheeked ... Read our complete Ban Khiet Ngong travel guide

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