Getting there

Nam Et-Phou Louey Headquarters & Visitor Centre

Muang Hiam (formerly Viengthong) 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. To get to the start of the Nam Nern Night Safari, you can meet your guide here and join them in taking public transport to the start, or you can travel to Ban Son Koua independently. For driving directions, click here.

Nam Nern Night Safari

The start of the Nam Nern Night Safari is at a small Khmu village called Ban Son Koua, near to the intersection with the road from Phonesavan.

If you are traveling from Phonesavan or Sam Neua, you will meet your guide here in Ban Son Koua.

If you are traveling from Luang Prabang or Nong Khiaw, you can either meet your guide in Muang Hiam (Viengthong) and join them in taking public transport to the start next morning, or you can travel to Ban Son Koua independently and meet your guide there. For driving directions, click here.

The Northern Heritage Route

Nam Et-Phou Louey is situated midway between the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang and the Secret War-era Viengxai Cave complex near the Vietnamese border. The winding ribbon of a road between the two showcases centuries of history with the remnants of stone age cultures, surprising ethnic diversity, and view upon view of rugged mountains and misty valleys. This route into a remote and forgotten world is studded with hot springs, gushing waterfalls, traditional craft villages and mysterious ancient standing stones, with the Plain of Jars and Phonesavan not far away. Read more about the Northern Heritage Route

Travel options include:

Car or motorcycle

The roads are narrow and winding but are in surprisingly good condition for such a remote area. The views are always scenic. For driving directions, click here.

Public bus

Good quality public busses leave Luang Prabang, Sam Neua and Phonsavan regularly, with drop-offs regularly along the entire route. For directions, click here.

Join a group tour

Why not let a tour company take care of your travel arrangements? Many of SE Asia’s leading tour companies include the Nam Nern Night Safari in their existing itineraries (listed alphabetically):

Buffalo Tours offers a 3-day Lao Jungle Safari round-trip from Luang Prabang.

Exo Travel offers an epic 22-day Journey Within tour that showcases all the best of Laos, including Luang Prabang, Wat Phou, Bolavan Plateau and 4000 Islands.

Green Discovery specializes in Adventure and Eco-tourism and will tailor-make a trip for you.

ICS Travel Group specializes in tailor-made programmes to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, and India.

Jewel Travel offers a 7-day Northern Laos Wildlife Discovery tour starting and ending in Luang Prabang and taking in the Plain of Jars and Viengxai.

Khiri Travel offers The Wild North in 7 Days tour starting in Vientiane and ending in Luang Prabang and taking in the Plain of Jars and Viengxai.

Lao Youth Travel focusses on community-based eco-tourism in Northern Laos.

Nakarath Travel offers a 12-day Heritage Trail starting and ending in Luang Prabang and and including the Plain of Jars and the Viengxai Caves.

Remote Asia Travel offers a 4-day Bicycles, Boats, Jungle and Jars tour starting and ending in Luang Prabang and including the Plain of Jars.

Stray Travel offers a 6-day Laos Caves and Tiger Adventure, starting and ending in Luang Prabang, and including the Plain of Jars, the Vienxai Caves and the Hintang Standing Stones, as well as a school visit.

Tiger Trails offers a 4-day Nam Nern Night Safari tour that starts and finishes in Luang Prabang and includes the Plain of Jars.

Viengchampa is a B2B destination management company specializing in providing touring services for groups.