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Tha Khaek trekking

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Of Khammuan Province’s three national protected areas, Phou Hin Poun NPA is the most accessible and open to tourists. Covering 1,690 square kilometres northeast of Tha Khaek and east of Route 13, it’s home to limestone peaks, blue lagoons, the once thought to be extinct Laotian rock rat and caves galore, the most notable being Konglor Cave.

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Several of the caves, like Konglor and those accessible along Route 12, can be done independently. Others require a guided trek, and taking a walk, slowing down the savour the majestic otherworldly landscape is highly recommended.

Not your typical brisge. Photo taken in or around Tha Khaek trekking, Tha Khaek, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Not your typical brisge. Photo: Cindy Fan

The provincial tourist information office in Tha Khaek offers eco-guide services, with tour and trek programs ranging from day trips to overnight “community-based” trekking, which means staying in a village and involving the community in the running of the trip. Considering the state of other provincial tourism offices in the country, where the programmes are all but dead, Tha Khaek has enough volume of visitors to sustain a decent level of service and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,400 words.)


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