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Nam Et - Phou Louey National Protected Area

Visit Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA

Nam Nern Night Safari

The first, and currently only, area opened to visitors in Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA, the Nam Nern Night Safari provides one of the only opportunities in Laos to view rare wildlife, which is done at night while traveling by traditional long-tail boats. The trip is designed to support alternative livelihoods for local people and generate community support for conservation of tigers and other wildlife. Nature activities include bird watching, wildlife tracking, nighttime wildlife spotting, medicinal plant exploration and moderate hiking.  For more information click here.


Viengthong is a small town located in Houaphanh Province in northeastern Laos and is the location of the Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA headquarters and visitor centre, where tours into the park can be booked directly. Basic accommodation is available in town, as well as a handful of restaurants serving Lao food. The town is a rural paradise, with many biking and walking trails to follow and one of the best hot springs in the country. For information on what you can do in Viengthong click here (English version, Deutsch, Français, Nederlands).

Getting to Viengthong and Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA

Departing from Luang Prabang

Public Bus - Take the bus heading to Sam Neua, which leaves daily between 7-8 am from the Luang Prabang northern bus station, and get off in Viengthong. The bus trip to Viengthong is about 10 hours, passing Pak Mong and Nong Kiau along the way.

Private Car/Motorcycle - From Luang Prabang go north on Road #13 about 100 km and turn right onto Road #1C at the Pak Mong junction (follow the sign towards Nong Kiau). Travel 200 km on Road #1C northeast to Viengthong. The drive is about 7-8 hours. 

Departing from Sam Neua

Public Bus - Buses and public mini vans leave from the Sam Neua bus station to Viengthong daily between 7-8 am. The trip is 4-5 hours.

Private Car/Motorcycle - Follow Road #6 southwest towards Muang Kham/Phonesavanh. Veer right at the Ko Hing junction and follow Road #1C to Viengthong. The trip is 151 km and takes 3.5-4 hours.

Departing from Phonesavanh

Public Bus - Take the bus heading to Sam Neua, which leaves the Phonesavah bus station daily between 7-8 am. Get off at the Ban Ko Hing junction. Hitch hike to Viengthong or stay the night in Ban Ko Hing (there are two small guesthouses) and catch the bus coming from Sam Neua the next morning between 9-11am.

Private Car/Motorcycle - Follow Road #6 northeast towards Sam Neua passing Muang Kham along the way. Turn left at the Ko Hing junction and follow Road #1C to Viengthong. The trip is 203 km and takes about 5 hours.

Maps & Route Information

  1. map of Laos

  2. map of the Northern Heritage Route - Night Safari

  3. For more information contact info@namet.org or call +856 (0)20 28600038

  4. For more information about tourism in Laos go to www.ecotourismlaos.com or www.tourismlaos.gov.la


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