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You will leave the lodge early with your trained birding guide. Before dawn, you will trek along the edge of the RAMSAR protected Xe Pian/Sepian Wetlands, one of the largest and least altered wetlands in the region. Hike through forests, rice paddies and marshes at the foot of Phou Asa, a large rock outcrop renowned for its intriguing Asa ruins and superb views of the dense semi-evergreen forests below. For an impression on our birds sightings check here.
Depart in the morning, after breakfast for an exciting cycling tour around the villages near Ban Kiat Ngong, Kingfisher Ecolodge’s village. You will cycle through several villages along the way to the quaint Lao Gna village.
Form here you walk to one or more nearby waterfalls on the border of Dong Hua Sao National Park, where you may have a refreshing swim in the crystal clear water coming from the Bolaven Plateau. After a simple picnic lunch, walk back to the village and cycle back to the lodge. We will arrive back in the late afternoon.
We organise different trekking options around Phou Asa mountain. We have a half-day trek and a full-day trek for you.
We also have other trekking options within the Xe Pian Bio-diversity area including multi day options. Please get in touch for further information and quotation.
Basi Ceremony (Sou Khaun)
Although a part of everyday life in Laos, the Basi ceremony is a significant event sometimes even blocking (parts of) roads.
A Basi ceremony is held for a wide variety of occasions ranging from celebrating a new-born, the passing of a village member, wishing travellers a safe journey or welcoming them back, opening of a new store, signing a business cooperation or even winning the lottery.
half Day Silk Textile Tour
Departure from the lodge at 08:30 with arrival at Ban Phommalue (village) around 09:15 to meet the women artists responsible for the amazing silk textiles.
They will walk you through their mulberry farm, collect leaves the silkworms feed on, show you the way these leaves are fed to the worms, the collecting of the cocoons, the unruffling of the silk thread, the way these are spun into a usable thread ready to dye.
Silk Textile & Weaving Tour
You will depart from the lodge at 08:30 and arrive at Ban (village) Phommalue around 09:15 where you will be introduced to the silkworm cultivation, providing of the mulberry leaves, collecting the silk cocoons and the unruffling of these to end up with the silk thread, that now must be spun to enable the weaving of textile.
When time you will also be shown some of the natural dyeing processes with bark, roots, leaves and other parts of trees used that give the cloth its unique colour tone.