Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA
The Nam Et-Phou Louey is one of the largest national protected areas in Northern Laos. It is considered to be the last remaining home for tigers in Indochina, and has a unique forest biodiversity with an increasing number of endangered species. Wildlife Conservation Society is collaborating with the local communities to create ecotourism projects that protect and conserve this natural area, but to also provide a sustainable livelihood for rural Lao communities living in and around the park.
Nam Nern Night Safari
Visit the protected area on the Nam Nern Night Safari, a 24-hour boat-based tour into the core zone of the national protected area. The highlight of the trip is the nighttime wildlife-spotlighting, when you drink down the Nam Nern River looking for wild and endangered animals before returning to the ecolodge within the national park.
For the more adventurous nature enthusiasts, The Nests tour is a unique opportunity to hike through the protected area and sleep overnight in spherical baskets that hang from the forest canopy. These ‘Nests’ are located nearby a salt lick where tourists can view wildlife at night, and you will also check wildlife camera traps surrounding the area for photos of rare species that passed by the area.
This ecotourism project is designed to create a direct link between conservation and tourism, so that the money that guests pay has a positive impact on encouraging local people to protect endangered tigers and other wildlife. These tours are fully supported and run by the local community. Villages that surround the Nam Et-Phou Louey protected area are part of a village development fund. Every visitor must pay a fee, which is included in the total tour price, to the village development fund before entering the area. The amount of money received by the villages depends on the numbers of wildlife seen by the tourists, who are required to fill out a wildlife monitoring form at the end of the trip.