Nam Nern Night Safari

As well as the Vieng Xai Caves, Sam Neua is also the jumping off point to join an enthralling overnight safari adventure in the Nam Et Phou Louey National Park.

Located in the northeast of Laos, the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area is a biodiversity hotspot and home to a number of endangered species. The Nam Nern Night Safari is the original tour set up in the park several years ago, and offers an intense 24 hour experience along the Nam Nern River. Visitors travel by boat to a permanent camp set up in the park itself, where they will be looked after by local villagers. The highlight of the trip is the exciting river safari in the dead of night. Cruising with the engines off through the dense jungle, with just torchlight and the sounds of nature to keep you company, is surely an experience not to be forgetten! Animals that might be seen include sambar deer, otters, barking deer, various species of civets, loris, porcupine and owls. The park is also the last remaining place where you can find wild tigers in Laos, however seeing tigers on the safari is very rare because they usually don't come close to the river.

Accommodation on the Nam Et Nern Night Safari is in the form of traditional Lao style huts in the forest near the national park substation. Mosquito nets, mattresses, sheets and blankets are provided. Both Western and Lao bathrooms are shared, and a simple shower is available, although bathing in the river is also possible in the warm season. The ecolodge was constructed by the villagers using local materials and recycled wood.

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