The Orchid Explorer

pictur8Visit Tad Xay and Pha Xay waterfalls and trek through lush forest with beautiful waterfalls inviting you for a refreshing swim. Overnight homestay in local village. On day two enjoy hiking and the beautifull Tad Sang (Elephant Waterfall). 

Day 1: Vientiane - Pha Xay - Tad Xay - Ban Hatkai

orchid-discovery-laosWe will leave Vientiane at 7.30 a.m. You will be picked up at your hotel or any other place to your convenience and then we drive directly to Ban Hatkhai where our village guides will meet us. Our transport truck then will bring us to Pha Xay waterfall, passing rice fields and beautiful forest.

The orchid trek begins at Pha Xay, a ca. 40 m high cliff, only few hundred meter downstream of Tad Xay. We hike along a network of trails in this part of mixed deciduous and evergreen forest and will be guided by local villagers and an orchid expert. You will not only be surprised about the abundance of orchids but get insights into their specific biology and ecology.

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. In the afternoon our transport brings us back to Ban Hatkhai where we stay over night in a villager’s home.

Approximately: 2 hours transfer/ 4 hours hiking

Day 2: Ban Hatkai - Tad Leuk - Tad Sang - Vientiane

pictur9In the morning around we leave the village and after short drive we will reach the Tad Leuk Waterfall. Guided by local orchids expert we will hike for around 2 hours trough dense forest along the river until we reach the beautifull Tad Sang (Elephant Waterfall) waterfall! This is idyllic place for bathing and relaxation. Enjoy lunch in this scenary. In afternoon we will continue hiking in trought dense forest, bamboo forest and keep your eyes open as along the way, a large number of orchids can be seen, especially in wet season.

After hiking we start our way back to Vientiane. On the way it is possible to visit the information center to see photos and explanations on the fauna and flora of Phou Khao Khouay park.

We will reach Vientiane at around 18:30.

Approximately: 2 hours transfer/ 4 hours hiking

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 :
2 Days
Reference :
2 - easy to moderate
Meals :
Picnic, Lao Food
Transport :
Private Minivan, 4x4 Vehicule
Activities :
Trekking, Sight seeing, Cultural Experience, Swimming
Accommodation :
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