Nam Et–Phou Louey National Protected Area is located in the northeast of Laos and is one of the largest protected areas in the country. It is also one of the few remaining places that enable travelers to see a high level of biodiversity, with a number of endangered species including tiger, gaur, Sambar deer and white-cheeked gibbon.
Covering 4229 square kilometers, the protected area allows visitors to join a night safari, traveling by longtail boat through lush jungle vegetation. These journeys help support an alternative livelihood for local people and generate community support for conservation of the region’s endangered wildlife. The Nam Nern Night Safari & Ecolodge are leading the way in providing excursions into the forest to positively benefit the local communities who call this place their home. Activities on the trip include bird watching, wildlife tracking, nighttime wildlife spotting, discovery of medicinal plants and an early morning hike. Visitors on the Night Safari sleep overnight in one of the two person traditional Lao bungalows in the Ecolodge, built and managed by the community and overlooking the Nam Nern River from the forest edge.