The Orchid Discovery

pictur3Enjoy a trek through lush forest and explore the many orchids the inexperienced eye may not be able to spot and to identify. Start your trip at Ban Hatkhai in the south-eastern part of the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area. Spend most of the time in one of the prime areas of the park. Trip not only for the serious botanists but for everyone who loves nature.

Ban Hatkhai – Tad Xay

This tour starts in Vientiane at 7.30 in the morning and you will be picked up at your hotel or any other place of your convenience.

We travel about 90 km along Highway No. 13 (south) until we get close to Ban Thabok (Bolikhamsay Province), where we turn left and follow a dirt road for another 7 km before reaching Ban Hatkhai. Here is the actual starting point of our trip. Our truck brings you directly to Pha Xay, passing rice fields and beautiful forest. We then trek along a network of trails.

pictur2Orchids will be spotted all along the way but particularly in the area around the waterfalls. You are guided by local villagers and an orchid expert and you will not only be surprised about the abundance of orchids but get insights into their specific biology and ecology. While hiking trough bamboo forests ans jungle paths, you will also have the opportunity of getting introduced to many other plants used by the local people for medical purposes or as food supplement.

A picnic lunch awaits you in the midst of the forest. We return to the access road where our car will wait to bring us back the eight kilometer to Ban Hatkhai. We expect to finally arrive in Vientiane in the late afternoon at around 6.30 p.m. 

Please keep in mind that orchids are rare plants, even in a National Park! Do not pick any flower you will find. Just enjoy their beauty at their natural place and not in your hand. Taking photos is allowed, though… Thank you for your understanding! 

Depart From :
Vientiane, your hotel or GDL office.
Returns to :
Vientiane, your hotel or GDL office.
Province visited :
Starts at :
finishes at :
Nb of days :
1 Day
Reference :
2 - easy to moderate
Meals :
Transport :
Private Minivan, 4x4 Vehicule
Activities :
Trekking, Sight seeing, Cultural Experience, Swimming
What to bring :
Hat, Sun-cream, Clothes/shoes to get wet, Sarong for bathing, Mosquito repellent, Towel, Robust footwear, Long-sleeve clothes for trekking, Pocket money
What is included :
Water, Meals, English speaking guide, Local guide/s, All entrance fees