This small town set on the stunning Nam Kading river is known throughout the province for its fish.
The town is nothing more than a lunchtime stop for most visitors, although if you have the time and inclination, it's possible to rent a boat to take you upriver to the town on Phonsy, observing traditional Lao riverine life along the way.
Unfortunately it is no longer possible to enter the Nam Kading NBCA – the government effectively prohibits entrance. We met numerous people who had planned a trip up the river but decided to head elsewhere after learning about how difficult (read impossible) it was to get to the NBCA.
The same situation exists in the town of Phonsy, 18 kilometres to the east, where boatmen are unwilling to transport passengers upriver, despite there being a big blue English-language sign indicating hour-long boat trips run upriver into the NBCA.
By Stuart McDonald.