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Overview

Escape to the wilderness of Nam Kan National Park for the original Gibbon Experience like no other. Situated in the north of Laos, bordering China and Thailand get to meet the elusive black crested gibbons and other rare wildlife on overnight stays in a unique network of treehouses

Trip Highlights

Gibbons of Northern Laos

Meet the elusive black crested gibbons

Experience the original Gibbon Experience and meet a healthy population of the black crested gibbons in a responsible way.

Stay in the wilderness of treehouses

Escape to Nam Kan National Park with overnight stays in Lao’s largest treehouses in pristine forests that’s a haven for rare wildlife.

Hike or zipline between treehouses

Explore wildlife by hiking or ziplining between treehouses and stopping at observation decks for gibbon encounters and more.

Itinerary

1

Houey Xay Arrival

Transfer from Thai-Lao border to Houey Xay: 30minutes

Upon arrival at the border, be met by a northern Laos guide for a pick up and transfer to the hotel in Houey Xay. Upon check-in, enjoy sunset along the Mekong from the hotel room.

Overnight at B2 Monethone Hotel.

2

Houey Xay -Gibbon Waterfall Experience 3D2N

Houey Xay to Bokeo reserve: 1.5 hoursTrekking and Zipling: 5hours

This morning, be greeted by a new guide for a transfer to the Gibbon Experience office.

Take off towards the Nam Kan National Park, which covers 136,000 ha of mixed deciduous forest. Home to the black crested gibbon, traces of traditional agriculture can be seen alongside the road running from Thailand to China. Here, there lies one of the most pristine forests in Laos that is home to a haven of rare wildlife and Lao’s largest treehouses.

The people behind the Gibbon Experience have built the world’s highest tree houses to create an up close experience in an environment surrounded by gibbons. They actively find social and economic alternatives to protect the black crested gibbon and the park’s wildlife. Hundreds of ethnic people who live in the forest now make a living from this conservation project. Some of the oldest existing trees of Southeast Asia are in this reserve.

To access the canopy, the Gibbon Experience have created a low-tech, safe and easy way to ascend the tree tops that take advantage of the natural slope of the terrain. Guests are warmly welcomed by staff and other visitors. All the tree houses are accessible this way.

Participating in the Gibbon Experience helps to protect the Nam Kan National Park and gives back to the local community.

Overnight in the Sunset Valley Treehouse.

3

Gibbon Waterfall Experience 3D2N

Trekking and Zipling: 5 hours

Wake up this morning to the sound of gibbons and zipline out of the tree house to join the main deck for breakfast.

Today, alternatively hike and zipline towards the second Tree House. The Gibbon Experience currently maintains 15km of zipline, some of which stretch up to 600m!

Continue deeper intp Nam Kan National Park and watch out for gibbon encounters. Regularly stop at  observation decks overlooking the lush canopy. Nomascus concolor (more commonly known as black crested Gibbon) are primarily found in Southern China, Yunnan and within restricted areas in Northwestern Laos and Northern Vietnam. The population in the Nam Kan NPA is thought to be the only viable population outside Yunnan. The southern area surrounding The Gibbon Experience currently hosts and observes 11 distinct groups of gibbons.

Overnight in the Riverside Treehouse.

4

Gibbon Waterfall Experience 3D2N- Houey Xay

Trekking and Zipling: 3hoursTransfer Bokeo reserve to Houey Xay: 1.5 hours

Today, take a two-to-three hour trek along the Nam Nga River and arrive at a fresh-water natural swimming pool and a charming waterfall.

Then travel back down to the entrance of Bokeo Reserve and drive back to Houeyxay by 3pm at latest.

Be greeted by the guide at the Gibbon Experience office and escorted back to the hotel and back to civilisation.

Overnight at B2 Monethone Hotel.

5

Houey Xay – Departure

This morning be taken by the guide to the border or Mekong for ongoing travels.

Important Information

The Gibbon Experience include:

  • Exclusive access to the Bokeo Nam Kan National Park
  • Transportation to and from the National Park
  • Accommodation in a canopy-level tree house complete with running water, semi-private comfortable bedrooms, and a spectacular view
  • Fire-cooked meals
  • Unlimited access to an extensive canopy cable-gliding network for exploring the treetops
  • Local guides with a good knowledge of the forest and basic English
  • Harnesses (guests should have waist perimeter < 120 cm and thigh perimeter < 80cm

Our services  include:

  • Hotel accommodation in shared twin/double room.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles (boat is not air-conditioned).
  • English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply).
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary.

Our services don’t include:

●            International and domestic flights.

●            Meals other than mentioned above.

●            Camera/video entrance fees.

●            Personal expenses

●            Travel insurance, tips and visa

●            Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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